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Nottingham Forest 2-2 Birmingham City

Joe Lolley
Joe Lolley scored his first goal of the season with his first touch after coming on as a substitute

Nottingham Forest substitute Joe Lolley changed the game as his side fought back from two goals down to maintain their unbeaten start against winless Birmingham City.

Blues, who had failed to score in their previous three league games, took the lead before the break when Lukas Jutkiewicz looped a header past Costel Pantilimon.

Che Adams made it 2-0 with a powerful shot that beat Pantilimon via a slight deflection.

Lolley pulled one back with a ferocious strike with his first touch and Daryl Murphy grabbed a late equaliser when Lee Camp could only parry Lolley's long-range shot.

The former Huddersfield forward, who was celebrating his 26th birthday on Saturday, completely turned the game on its head after coming on for debutant Sam Byram in the 75th minute.

Blues had looked destined to record a first league or cup win of the campaign after Adams had given them a deserved 2-0 lead with just 18 minutes remaining.

Prior to Lolley's strike, Garry Monk's men had defended resolutely, with the Reds failing to create anything of note.

The draw means that Birmingham, along with Ipswich and Reading, are one of just three Championship teams still without a win this season, while Forest are one of five yet to lose.

Line-ups

Nottm Forest

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Pantilimon
  • 25ByramSubstituted forLolleyat 75'minutes
  • 3FigueiredoBooked at 32mins
  • 4FoxBooked at 41mins
  • 18Robinson
  • 8WatsonSubstituted forOsbornat 67'minutes
  • 6ColbackBooked at 84mins
  • 14Cash
  • 2SoudaniSubstituted forCarvalhoat 56'minutes
  • 31Bastião Dias
  • 9MurphyBooked at 45mins

Substitutes

  • 10Carvalho
  • 11Osborn
  • 15Steele
  • 19Cupido Goncalves
  • 23Lolley
  • 26Bridcutt
  • 44Hefele

Birmingham

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Camp
  • 5Colin
  • 28Morrison
  • 12Dean
  • 3Pedersen
  • 23JotaSubstituted forMahoneyat 85'minutes
  • 20Gardner
  • 6Kieftenbeld
  • 19MaghomaSubstituted forSolomon-Otaborat 74'minutes
  • 10Jutkiewicz
  • 14BogleSubstituted forAdamsat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Roberts
  • 7Mahoney
  • 9Adams
  • 22Solomon-Otabor
  • 27Trueman
  • 31Lakin
  • 45Harding
Referee:
Tim Robinson
Attendance:
26,799

Match Stats

Home TeamNottm ForestAway TeamBirmingham
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home9
Away9
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home0
Away4
Fouls
Home17
Away20

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Nottingham Forest 2, Birmingham City 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Nottingham Forest 2, Birmingham City 2.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Jack Colback.

  4. Post update

    João Carvalho (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Maxime Colin (Birmingham City).

  6. Post update

    Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Costel Pantilimon.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Gil Dias (Nottingham Forest).

  8. Post update

    Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Michael Morrison (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Connor Mahoney with a cross following a corner.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Costel Pantilimon.

  11. Goal!

    Goal! Nottingham Forest 2, Birmingham City 2. Daryl Murphy (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom left corner.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Joe Lolley (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Ben Osborn.

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jack Robinson (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Gil Dias.

  14. Post update

    Jack Colback (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City).

  16. Post update

    Costel Pantilimon (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City).

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Birmingham City. Connor Mahoney replaces Jota.

  19. Booking

    Jack Colback (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Jack Colback (Nottingham Forest).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leeds54101441013
2Middlesbrough541092713
3Bolton531166010
4Aston Villa523010739
5Blackburn52306429
6Derby53028719
7Sheff Utd53028719
8Brentford522110558
9Bristol City52217528
10Swansea52215418
11West Brom521213857
12Wigan521210827
13Nottm Forest51407617
14Sheff Wed521278-17
15Millwall41215505
16Stoke512269-35
17Norwich5113811-34
18Hull511359-44
19Preston511337-44
20Birmingham503246-23
21Rotherham4103410-63
22QPR5104313-103
23Reading502347-32
24Ipswich502348-42
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