Championship
Nottm ForestNottingham Forest3BirminghamBirmingham City0

Nottingham Forest 3-0 Birmingham City: Hosts get first league win under Sabri Lamouchi

Nottingham Forest's Lewis Grabban celebrates his first-half goal against Birmingham
Lewis Grabban scored 17 goals last season and has two goals in three games so far this term

Joe Lolley scored one goal and made another as Nottingham Forest dominated Birmingham City to earn a first Championship win of the season.

Lolley struck a sumptuous opener after 15 minutes, striding forward from a short free-kick and finding the far corner with a low strike.

The winger soon teed up a second, racing down the right and crossing to Lewis Grabban, who scored with a fine looping header.

Michael Dawson's powerful close-range second-half header sealed victory for Forest, who missed numerous chances to add their tally in a one-sided final quarter at the City Ground.

Lukas Jutkiewicz missed the away side's best chances in a bright start but Blues, who were unbeaten in their first two league fixtures, offered little threat after falling behind to Lolley's smart thinking.

Jutkiewicz was off target with two close-range efforts and Forest made the visitors pay, with Lolley the architect of Sabri Lamouchi's first Championship win as Reds manager - and Blues' first defeat in 10 league games, going back to 29 March.

Lolley's quick-thinking for the opener settled the home side and his equally impressive wing-play teed up Grabban for his second goal of the season.

Sammy Ameobi almost added a third as Forest seized control and the pattern continued after the interval following a brief spell of Birmingham pressure.

Dawson's first goal since returning to Forest made it 3-0. It was the 35-year-old former Tottenham and Hull defender's first goal for the club since December 2004.

Lolley, Samba Sow, Ameobi and Grabban all wasted glorious opportunities to add to the tally against a Birmingham side who are yet to score from open play this season.

Forest boss Sabri Lamouchi:

"This was our best performance yet. But I hope there is better to come in the future.

"We have to find our killer instinct in the box, to score one or two more goals. But it was a good performance.

"We had a good dynamic in attack and controlled the game.

"Our keeper did not have to do a lot so, for me, it was the perfect game."

Birmingham City boss Pep Clotet:

"The one thing I have learned about this club is that we are very resilient. We will be together, we will be united.

"We have made a solid start, but we will be disappointed about what has happened here.

"Now it is about being together, as we look to keep adding points to our tally.

"We are in a situation where a lot of the players arrived at the club late. We need to have a little bit of patience and understand the process we are going through."

Line-ups

Nottm Forest

  • 49Muric
  • 11Cash
  • 20Dawson
  • 4Worrall
  • 18Robinson
  • 8Watson
  • 23Lolley
  • 21SowSubstituted forAdomahat 73'minutes
  • 17SemedoSubstituted forSilvaat 57'minutes
  • 19AmeobiSubstituted forMirat 79'minutes
  • 7Grabban

Substitutes

  • 2Ribeiro
  • 3Figueiredo
  • 14Mir
  • 16Jenkinson
  • 28Silva
  • 30Samba
  • 37Adomah

Birmingham

  • 1Camp
  • 5Colin
  • 4Roberts
  • 12Dean
  • 3Pedersen
  • 20GardnerSubstituted forGiménezat 60'minutesBooked at 63mins
  • 26Davis
  • 34SunjicBooked at 15mins
  • 17Villalba Rodrigo
  • 7CrowleySubstituted forSeddonat 90'minutes
  • 10Jutkiewicz

Substitutes

  • 2Harding
  • 8Gardner
  • 13Stockdale
  • 14Clarke-Salter
  • 21Medina Delgado
  • 24Giménez
  • 42Seddon
Referee:
Tony Harrington
Attendance:
27,281

Match Stats

Home TeamNottm ForestAway TeamBirmingham
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home14
Away9
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home3
Away6
Fouls
Home8
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Nottingham Forest 3, Birmingham City 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Nottingham Forest 3, Birmingham City 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by David Davis (Birmingham City).

  4. Post update

    Joe Lolley (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Kristian Pedersen (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Rafa Mir (Nottingham Forest).

  7. Post update

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

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Birmingham City. Steve Seddon replaces Daniel Crowley.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Ivan Sunjic (Birmingham City).

  10. Post update

    Matthew Cash (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Albert Adomah (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jack Robinson.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Rafa Mir (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Lewis Grabban with a cross.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Rafa Mir replaces Sammy Ameobi.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lewis Grabban (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Albert Adomah with a cross.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Albert Adomah replaces Samba Sow.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sammy Ameobi (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Maxime Colin with a cross.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Samba Sow (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Joe Lolley with a cross.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Álvaro Giménez (Birmingham City).

  20. Post update

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