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Nottingham Forest 1-0 Rotherham United: Grabban spot-kick ends Rotherham resistance

Lewis Grabban
Lewis Grabban scored his second goal in as many games for Forest

Lewis Grabban's late penalty finally broke Rotherham's stubborn resistance to give Nottingham Forest back-to-back wins.

A game of few chances looked to be heading for a tame goalless draw until Ryan Williams brought down Ben Osborn, and Grabban dispatched the spot-kick.

Neither side mustered a shot on target in a forgettable first half, but Forest sparked into life soon after the break against the defensively-minded Millers.

Joao Carvalho brought down Saidy Janko's cross and fired against the post, and then led a swift counter-attack which saw Gil Dias' low shot force the first save of the match.

The City Ground is not a happy hunting ground for Rotherham, who had won just once in 17 visits and not beaten Forest in a 22-match streak stretching back to September 1956.

They were content to cede possession and let their five-man midfield attempt to stifle the attacking threat of Aitor Karanka's side, with Richard Towell's shot from an acute angle forcing the only save from Forest keeper Costel Pantilimon.

But Rotherham's hard work and stubborn resistance looked to have earned its due until Joe Lolley's through ball and Osborn's run finally unpicked their back four, and Grabban held his nerve.

Forest, who are unbeaten at home in eight matches, moved up to ninth, while United, who have lost all five away matches this season, dropped a place to 19th.

Nottingham Forest boss Aitor Karanka:

"The problem was that we were physically and mentally tired.

"Three games in a week has been really intense. But in this Championship, it is important to win the games when you do not play to your best.

"We will keep going, we will keep working and we will keep improving."

Rotherham United manager Paul Warne told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"I thought we were excellent, we set up in the right way, on the counter-attack we looked really dangerous.

"The lads have trained really well, they came into the game with a lot of confidence and I think they were more than deserving of a point.

"It's difficult to take at the moment. The win will come sooner or later, but I'm really proud of how they performed."

Line-ups

Nottm Forest

  • 1Pantilimon
  • 21Janko
  • 44Hefele
  • 4Fox
  • 18Robinson
  • 5GuédiouraBooked at 32minsSubstituted forLolleyat 60'minutes
  • 8Watson
  • 31Bastião DiasSubstituted forCashat 72'minutes
  • 10Antunes CarvalhoSubstituted forBridcuttat 90+3'minutes
  • 11Osborn
  • 7Grabban

Substitutes

  • 14Cash
  • 15Steele
  • 19Cupido Goncalves
  • 20Dawson
  • 23Lolley
  • 26Bridcutt
  • 27Darikwa

Rotherham

  • 1Rodák
  • 28JonesBooked at 33mins
  • 5Ajayi
  • 6Wood
  • 3Mattock
  • 13TowellBooked at 86minsSubstituted forTaylorat 88'minutes
  • 4VaulksBooked at 90mins
  • 17ManningSubstituted forPalmerat 72'minutes
  • 23Williams
  • 9ProctorSubstituted forSmithat 45'minutes
  • 19Vassell

Substitutes

  • 2Vyner
  • 7Forde
  • 8Palmer
  • 11Taylor
  • 12Price
  • 24Smith
  • 25Wiles
Referee:
Robert Jones
Attendance:
27,479

Match Stats

Home TeamNottm ForestAway TeamRotherham
Possession
Home63%
Away37%
Shots
Home9
Away5
Shots on Target
Home2
Away1
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home11
Away20

Live Text

Match ends, Nottingham Forest 1, Rotherham United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Nottingham Forest 1, Rotherham United 0.

Michael Hefele (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Michael Smith (Rotherham United).

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Liam Bridcutt replaces João Carvalho.

Booking

Will Vaulks (Rotherham United) is shown the yellow card.

Offside, Rotherham United. Billy Jones tries a through ball, but Michael Smith is caught offside.

Michael Hefele (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kyle Vassell (Rotherham United).

Foul by Matthew Cash (Nottingham Forest).

Matthew Palmer (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Jon Taylor replaces Richard Towell.

Goal!

Goal! Nottingham Forest 1, Rotherham United 0. Lewis Grabban (Nottingham Forest) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Booking

Richard Towell (Rotherham United) is shown the yellow card.

Penalty Nottingham Forest. Ben Osborn draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Ryan Williams (Rotherham United) after a foul in the penalty area.

Matthew Cash (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Richard Towell (Rotherham United).

Saidy Janko (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kyle Vassell (Rotherham United).

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Jack Robinson.

Matthew Cash (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Kyle Vassell (Rotherham United).

Attempt saved. Richard Towell (Rotherham United) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Michael Smith.

Offside, Rotherham United. Will Vaulks tries a through ball, but Joe Mattock is caught offside.

Foul by Jack Robinson (Nottingham Forest).

Michael Smith (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Joe Lolley tries a through ball, but Lewis Grabban is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Matthew Cash replaces Gil Dias.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Matthew Palmer replaces Ryan Manning.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Kyle Vassell.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Jack Robinson.

Offside, Nottingham Forest. João Carvalho tries a through ball, but Lewis Grabban is caught offside.

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

Foul by Will Vaulks (Rotherham United).

Ben Watson (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Michael Smith (Rotherham United).

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Joe Lolley replaces Adlène Guédioura.

Attempt blocked. Ben Osborn (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Gil Dias.

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leeds95311971218
2Middlesbrough9531113818
3West Brom952222121017
4Sheff Utd95131511416
5Wigan95131411316
6Derby95131310316
7Brentford94321610615
8Bristol City94231411314
9Nottm Forest9351119214
10Sheff Wed94231414014
11Norwich94231313014
12Blackburn93511111014
13Aston Villa93421514113
14Swansea934276113
15Bolton9333912-312
16QPR9315715-810
17Birmingham916278-19
18Stoke92341216-49
19Rotherham9306614-89
20Reading92251213-18
21Hull9216916-77
22Millwall9135713-66
23Ipswich9054612-65
24Preston9126918-95
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