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Stoke City 2-3 Nottingham Forest: Visitors go top after comeback victory at winless Potters

Joe Lolley scores for Nottingham Forest
Joe Lolley capitalised on Jack Butland's first-half error to score for Nottingham Forest

Nottingham Forest went top of the Championship for the first time in five years with a comeback victory that left Stoke still waiting for their first league win of the season.

Stoke led with Lee Gregory's clean strike from 12 yards, but that was cancelled out when Joe Lolley punished a mistake from home goalkeeper Jack Butland.

Sammy Ameobi's towering header from Matty Cash's cross two minutes into the second half completed the turnaround and Lewis Grabban poked in from close range to make it 3-1 to the visitors.

James McClean's glancing header set up a tense finish, but Stoke could not avoid a seventh defeat in nine league games this season, increasing pressure on Potters manager Nathan Jones.

Jones's position has come under increasing scrutiny but his side, who remain second from bottom, started impressively.

Gregory almost opened the scoring from a delightful Tom Ince through-ball with an effort that had to be cleared off the line by Michael Dawson.

But the summer signing from Millwall was not to be denied his first Stoke goal for long, taking a lovely first touch and smashing the ball past Brice Samba after Forest failed to clear a corner.

Stoke continued to look sharper and brighter, playing with a good tempo at both ends of the pitch, only for a dreadful error by Butland to gift Forest the leveller by the break.

The England international made a real mess of a routine cross by Cash, and Lolley was on hand to smack the ball in from close range.

A perfect Forest start to the second half saw them lead, Ameobi leaping to power in a cross from Cash after good work by Joao Carvalho and Lolley.

And before Stoke had time to regain any composure, they were 3-1 down after more slack defending.

Tom Edwards dallied on the left and was robbed by Ameobi, and his cross was knocked back towards goal via a combination of substitute Tiago Silva and Lolley for Grabban to fire in his fifth goal of the season.

Despite McClean's flicked header from an Edwards free-kick, Forest held on without further alarm to go top by a point prior to Saturday's Championship fixtures.

Stoke boss Nathan Jones: "I don't think there was much wrong with the performance apart from the errors, three big errors, and that's been the same for the nine games (in the league this season).

"Look, I speak to the board regularly. If anyone thinks I can't change this then I've got no problem. I know it's a results-based business so I'm not going to hang around if I'm not wanted.

"But I know we do good work, great work. Yet there has to come a point where certain people have to take responsibility.

"I will take responsibility for anything, I have to. I work hard, long hours, we're thorough, we pick sides to win games, front-footed sides.

"I believe I'm doing my job but I'm not getting results - which ultimately is what it's about."

Nottingham Forest boss Sabri Lamouchi: "I'm satisfied with the three goals, the three points and the fact we're top of the league, but we need to do more with the performance.

"By chance, we came back into the game, and the second half was good for us but we never controlled the game and we made a lot of mistakes, gave away a lot of chances which led to critical situations.

"We cannot suffer like this. With the ball, we have a lot of great players and I am happy to work with them, but they need to play with more confidence, to learn to enjoy more on the pitch.

"They need to trust in the quality they have. We must play much better than we did tonight."

Line-ups

Stoke

  • 1Butland
  • 2Edwards
  • 12Carter-Vickers
  • 15Martins Indi
  • 11McClean
  • 7Ince
  • 8Etebo
  • 27B NdiayeSubstituted forLindsayat 51'minutes
  • 22Clucas
  • 25PowellSubstituted forVokesat 68'minutes
  • 19GregorySubstituted forCampbellat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Lindsay
  • 6Batth
  • 9Vokes
  • 24Cousins
  • 26Campbell
  • 31Duffy
  • 32Federici

Nottm Forest

  • 30Samba
  • 11Cash
  • 20DawsonBooked at 23minsSubstituted forChemaat 34'minutes
  • 4Worrall
  • 18Robinson
  • 21SowBooked at 38mins
  • 8WatsonBooked at 70mins
  • 23LolleyBooked at 20minsSubstituted forAdomahat 77'minutes
  • 10CarvalhoSubstituted forSilvaat 60'minutes
  • 19Ameobi
  • 7Grabban

Substitutes

  • 2Ribeiro
  • 3Figueiredo
  • 28Silva
  • 36Chema
  • 37Adomah
  • 40Johnson
  • 49Muric
Referee:
Andy Madley
Attendance:
23,800

Match Stats

Home TeamStokeAway TeamNottm Forest
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home23
Away6
Shots on Target
Home8
Away4
Corners
Home9
Away3
Fouls
Home9
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Stoke City 2, Nottingham Forest 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Stoke City 2, Nottingham Forest 3.

Liam Lindsay (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tiago Silva (Nottingham Forest).

Foul by James McClean (Stoke City).

Albert Adomah (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Tom Ince (Stoke City) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Sam Clucas.

Foul by Bruno Martins Indi (Stoke City).

Albert Adomah (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt blocked. James McClean (Stoke City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Peter Etebo.

Goal!

Goal! Stoke City 2, Nottingham Forest 3. James McClean (Stoke City) header from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Thomas Edwards with a cross following a set piece situation.

Hand ball by Matthew Cash (Nottingham Forest).

Attempt saved. Tyrese Campbell (Stoke City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Tom Ince.

Attempt saved. Tiago Silva (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ben Watson.

Attempt saved. Tyrese Campbell (Stoke City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Peter Etebo (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Albert Adomah replaces Joe Lolley.

James McClean (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tiago Silva (Nottingham Forest).

Substitution

Substitution, Stoke City. Tyrese Campbell replaces Lee Gregory.

Foul by Bruno Martins Indi (Stoke City).

Joe Lolley (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Sam Vokes (Stoke City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by James McClean with a cross.

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Lewis Grabban.

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Lewis Grabban.

Sam Clucas (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Sammy Ameobi (Nottingham Forest).

Booking

Ben Watson (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Tom Ince (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ben Watson (Nottingham Forest).

Substitution

Substitution, Stoke City. Sam Vokes replaces Nick Powell.

Peter Etebo (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Tiago Silva (Nottingham Forest).

Goal!

Goal! Stoke City 1, Nottingham Forest 3. Lewis Grabban (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Tiago Silva.

Attempt missed. Tiago Silva (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Joe Lolley.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Tiago Silva replaces João Carvalho.

Foul by Bruno Martins Indi (Stoke City).

Chema Rodríguez (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Joe Worrall.

Offside, Stoke City. Thomas Edwards tries a through ball, but Tom Ince is caught offside.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Nottm Forest9531148618
2Leeds8521134917
3Swansea8521125717
4Preston8512147716
5West Brom84401510516
6QPR85121412216
7Fulham9432147715
8Bristol City8431139415
9Charlton8422118314
10Sheff Wed8413117413
11Blackburn841398113
12Birmingham841379-213
13Cardiff8332910-112
14Hull8233111109
15Middlesbrough823389-19
16Millwall8233611-59
17Brentford822456-18
18Derby8152811-38
19Wigan9225815-78
20Reading8215911-27
21Luton82151216-47
22Barnsley8125412-85
23Stoke9027920-112
24Huddersfield8017717-101
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