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Championship: Blackburn Rovers 2-2 Nottingham Forest

Lewis Grabban in action for Nottingham Forest
Lewis Grabban has now scored four goals in his past three Championship matches

Lewis Grabban scored twice and missed a penalty as Nottingham Forest rescued a draw against a wasteful Blackburn Rovers in a breathtaking encounter at Ewood Park.

Grabban blasted an early spot-kick over but despite Rovers then seizing control, the striker made amends when he headed Forest ahead from close range after the break.

Adam Armstrong's stunning long-range strike made it 1-1 and Bradley Dack sidefooted in to reward the home side's relentless pressure.

But Grabban kept his nerve with his second spot-kick, finding the corner of the net for his fourth goal in three Championship matches to ensure both sides have lost just once in 10 league matches this season.

The £6m summer signing from Bournemouth has been key to Forest's recent improvement, which has seen them extend their unbeaten league run to four matches and five in all competitions.

But he was off the mark with a powerful early penalty after Michael Hefele had been fouled by Darragh Lenihan at a corner.

Nottingham Forest's Lewis Grabban
Lewis Grabban opted for power with his first-half penalty

Rovers then seized control, Harrison Reed almost getting on the end of an inviting cross before Danny Graham saw his half-volley from Dack's centre well saved by keeper Costel Pantilimon.

Graham's goalbound chip was then brilliantly headed clear by a retreating Jack Colback, and Dack smacked a shot against the bar from 12 yards.

But Forest responded after the break, Grabban nodding home a headed pass by Joao Carvalho after an exquisite counter-attack.

Armstrong and Graham turned the match around, only for Grabban's second spot-kick, following a foul on Joe Lolley, to level matters once again.

There were chances at either end to win it late on, notably Dack for the visitors and Lolley for Forest, but both teams had to settle for a draw which puts them both on 15 points, just a point outside the play-offs.

Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray:

"Let's be honest, the referee had a really difficult game right from the start of the match in my opinion. He bamboozled both sets of fans, both benches with some of his decisions.

"We have to live with it and abide by it. I just think it was a really, really soft penalty. And if that was a penalty, why on earth wasn't Dack's a penalty? He was manhandled to the ground.

"These are the days I do believe referees should be accountable and answer questions, and tell us honestly what they saw and what they thought."

Nottingham Forest manager Aitor Karanka:

"I thought we started really well and when we missed the penalty, we were down. We came onto the pitch in the second half a little better.

"We have to be pleased with the overall performance because the spirit of the team - we keep going until the end.

"We had chances until the last second, but I think it's a good point. The players showed a very good attitude."

Line-ups

Blackburn

  • 1Raya
  • 2NyambeSubstituted forRodwellat 60'minutes
  • 25DowningSubstituted forArmstrongat 58'minutes
  • 26Lenihan
  • 17Bell
  • 6Smallwood
  • 29EvansSubstituted forRothwellat 75'minutes
  • 4Reed
  • 23Dack
  • 31Bennett
  • 10Graham

Substitutes

  • 5Rodwell
  • 7Armstrong
  • 8Rothwell
  • 13Leutwiler
  • 27Travis
  • 32Conway
  • 45Palmer

Nottm Forest

  • 1Pantilimon
  • 21Janko
  • 44Hefele
  • 4Fox
  • 18Robinson
  • 5Guédioura
  • 6ColbackBooked at 44mins
  • 14CashSubstituted forBastião Diasat 71'minutes
  • 10Antunes CarvalhoSubstituted forOsbornat 82'minutes
  • 23Lolley
  • 7GrabbanSubstituted forMurphyat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Watson
  • 9Murphy
  • 11Osborn
  • 15Steele
  • 20Dawson
  • 27Darikwa
  • 31Bastião Dias
Referee:
Andy Madley
Attendance:
14,440

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackburnAway TeamNottm Forest
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home17
Away17
Shots on Target
Home9
Away5
Corners
Home6
Away8
Fouls
Home5
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 2, Nottingham Forest 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 2, Nottingham Forest 2.

Attempt missed. Adlène Guédioura (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Ben Osborn with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Danny Graham.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Elliott Bennett.

Attempt missed. Michael Hefele (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Joe Lolley following a corner.

Attempt missed. Joe Lolley (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right following a corner.

Attempt blocked. Daryl Murphy (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Elliott Bennett.

Foul by Jack Colback (Nottingham Forest).

Bradley Dack (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Daryl Murphy replaces Lewis Grabban.

Attempt missed. Lewis Grabban (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ben Osborn.

Attempt blocked. Joe Lolley (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Gil Dias.

Attempt saved. Daniel Fox (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Ben Osborn with a cross.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by David Raya Martin.

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

Foul by Saidy Janko (Nottingham Forest).

Joe Rothwell (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Bradley Dack (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right.

Attempt blocked. Richard Smallwood (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Ben Osborn replaces João Carvalho.

Goal!

Goal! Blackburn Rovers 2, Nottingham Forest 2. Lewis Grabban (Nottingham Forest) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top right corner.

Penalty Nottingham Forest. Joe Lolley draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Jack Rodwell (Blackburn Rovers) after a foul in the penalty area.

Attempt blocked. Daniel Fox (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Darragh Lenihan.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Joe Rothwell replaces Corry Evans.

Goal!

Goal! Blackburn Rovers 2, Nottingham Forest 1. Bradley Dack (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Danny Graham.

Attempt blocked. Danny Graham (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Harrison Reed with a cross.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Gil Dias replaces Matthew Cash.

Attempt missed. Matthew Cash (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Adlène Guédioura.

Attempt saved. Bradley Dack (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Adam Armstrong with a headed pass.

Attempt blocked. Danny Graham (Blackburn Rovers) header from the left side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Darragh Lenihan.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Costel Pantilimon.

Attempt saved. Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Harrison Reed with a cross.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Costel Pantilimon.

Attempt saved. Bradley Dack (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Hand ball by Adlène Guédioura (Nottingham Forest).

goal

As It Stood

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1West Brom1062225141120
2Leeds105412081219
3Middlesbrough10541124819
4Sheff Utd106131813519
5Norwich105231413117
6Brentford104421812616
7Swansea10442106416
8Wigan105141412216
9Derby105141311216
10Bristol City104331512315
11Nottm Forest103611311215
12Sheff Wed104331515015
13Blackburn103611313015
14Bolton104331012-215
15Aston Villa103521615114
16Birmingham10172910-110
17Stoke102441418-410
18Rotherham10316816-810
19QPR10316718-1110
20Reading102351415-19
21Hull102261017-78
22Ipswich10064814-66
23Millwall10136916-76
24Preston101271121-105
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