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Nottingham Forest 2-1 Brentford: Lewis Grabban scores in Forest win over Bees

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Lewis Grabban slots his first goal since 1 December

Nottingham Forest revived their play-off hopes as victory over Brentford gave Martin O'Neill a second win as Forest manager.

Lewis Grabban put the hosts in front with his first goal in 10 games, latching on to Alex Milosevic's ball over the Brentford defence to hold off Julian Jeanvier and tap in a rebound after his first effort was blocked.

Bees keeper Daniel Bentley made a brilliant double save to keep out Grabban's penalty and then Ben Watson's headed follow-up, but substitute Molla Wague headed in Joe Lolley's corner to double the lead, just eight minutes into his Forest debut.

Sergi Canos poked home his fourth goal in four games for the Bees to set up a nervous finish, but the hosts held on for a hard-working win.

The hosts had failed to score in seven of their previous 10 matches, while the Bees had racked up 18 goals in five games.

But the roles were reversed as Forest were more clinical in front of goal than Thomas Frank's side, who dominated possession and created more than double the number of chances of their opponents.

O'Neill responded to the goal shortage by recalling leading scorer Grabban to the starting line-up, and he duly ended his goal drought with a 15th Championship strike of the season, and his first since 1 December's home win over Ipswich.

A series of mistakes presented both sides with good chances in a scrappy first half, with the Bees leading scorer Neal Maupay miscontrolling when clean through, and at the other end, on-loan Wolves striker Leo Bonatini sliding a shot wide on his first Forest start.

Forest created enough chances to make the game safe after the break, with Henrik Dalsgaard clearing off the line after substitute Diogo Goncalves had rounded Bentley, before Grabban poked wide when one-on-one and then earned the spot-kick under Jeanvier's challenge.

But Brentford could consider themselves unlucky not to extend their unbeaten run to 11 matches, with Ollie Watkins' volley ruled out for offside, and Romaine Sawyers' deflected effort hitting the post before Canos' late reply.

The result ended a run of four straight home league defeats at the hands of the Bees and lifted Forest up to ninth, within five points of the play-off places, while Brentford's first league defeat in seven dropped them a place to 18th.

Nottingham Forest manager Martin O'Neill:

"Lewis [Grabban] did very well, he did excellently. He worked hard; he worked exceptionally hard when we did not have the ball.

"I have seen a lot of Brentford in recent years and they are a very fine football side.

"You wanted to take the game away from them a little bit, but it wasn't to be. We missed a penalty too and we had to survive those anxious moments at the end, when they scored."

Brentford boss Thomas Frank:

"I think in this recent run we have been seeing some outstanding performances. Not in all of our games, but some of the performances have been really up there.

"The next step for the team is to ensure that, not on a bad day, but on an average day, you still need to find a way to play more cleverly and more solidly and get something from the game.

"We need to learn to take a point or even win when we have an average day. I think we created enough chances to do that here."

Line-ups

Nottm Forest

  • 1Pantilimon
  • 21Janko
  • 17MilosevicBooked at 90mins
  • 18Robinson
  • 11Osborn
  • 8Watson
  • 22YatesBooked at 62mins
  • 14CashSubstituted forWaguéat 70'minutes
  • 33BonatiniSubstituted forCupido Goncalvesat 45'minutes
  • 23Lolley
  • 7GrabbanSubstituted forAnsarifardat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Murphy
  • 10Antunes Carvalho
  • 13Wagué
  • 15Steele
  • 19Cupido Goncalves
  • 24Yacob
  • 37Ansarifard

Brentford

  • 1Bentley
  • 26KonsaSubstituted forForssat 90+1'minutes
  • 23Jeanvier
  • 29Barbet
  • 22Dalsgaard
  • 12MokotjoSubstituted forMcEachranat 71'minutes
  • 19Sawyers
  • 2OdubajoBooked at 59mins
  • 11Watkins
  • 9Maupay
  • 21BenrahmaSubstituted forCanosat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Canos
  • 10McEachran
  • 14Da Silva
  • 24Ogbene
  • 28Daniels
  • 33Forss
  • 34Bech Sörensen
Referee:
Robert Jones
Attendance:
27,829

Match Stats

Home TeamNottm ForestAway TeamBrentford
Possession
Home30%
Away70%
Shots
Home9
Away21
Shots on Target
Home6
Away7
Corners
Home2
Away10
Fouls
Home14
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Nottingham Forest 2, Brentford 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Nottingham Forest 2, Brentford 1.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Jack Robinson.

Attempt saved. Ollie Watkins (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Moses Odubajo.

Foul by Julian Jeanvier (Brentford).

Karim Ansarifard (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Yoann Barbet (Brentford) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Marcus Forss replaces Ezri Konsa Ngoyo.

Booking

Alexander Milosevic (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card.

Romaine Sawyers (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ben Watson (Nottingham Forest).

Goal!

Goal! Nottingham Forest 2, Brentford 1. Sergi Canos (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ollie Watkins.

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Alexander Milosevic tries a through ball, but Diogo Gonçalves is caught offside.

Foul by Romaine Sawyers (Brentford).

Ryan Yates (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Karim Ansarifard replaces Lewis Grabban.

Josh McEachran (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Diogo Gonçalves (Nottingham Forest).

Offside, Brentford. Ezri Konsa Ngoyo tries a through ball, but Ollie Watkins is caught offside.

Romaine Sawyers (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ben Osborn (Nottingham Forest).

Foul by Sergi Canos (Brentford).

Alexander Milosevic (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Nottingham Forest 2, Brentford 0. Molla Wagué (Nottingham Forest) header from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Joe Lolley with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Julian Jeanvier.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Costel Pantilimon.

Attempt saved. Neal Maupay (Brentford) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Sergi Canos.

Attempt blocked. Ollie Watkins (Brentford) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Sergi Canos (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Josh McEachran.

Henrik Dalsgaard (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Diogo Gonçalves (Nottingham Forest).

Attempt missed. Sergi Canos (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Ryan Yates tries a through ball, but Lewis Grabban is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Josh McEachran replaces Kamohelo Mokotjo.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Molla Wagué replaces Matthew Cash.

Attempt missed. Neal Maupay (Brentford) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Alexander Milosevic.

Hand ball by Lewis Grabban (Nottingham Forest).

Attempt saved. Ben Watson (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Penalty saved! Lewis Grabban (Nottingham Forest) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the centre of the goal.

goal

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