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Nottingham Forest 0-1 Cardiff City: Nathaniel Mendez-Laing hits Bluebirds' winner

Nathaniel Mendez-Laing
Nathaniel Mendez-Laing hits his second Championship goal of the season

Cardiff City maintained their unbeaten start under Neil Harris as they secured their first away win of the season at Nottingham Forest.

City's winner came with their first chance of the match, against the run of play, as Nathaniel Mendez-Laing exchanged passes with Junior Hoilett before curling a 20-yard shot into the bottom corner beyond Forest keeper Brice Samba.

The visitors had to soak up plenty of pressure, but almost doubled their lead early in the second half when Joe Lolley cleared off the line from Gary Madine after good work down the right from Mendez-Laing.

Forest's Jack Robinson almost replicated Mendez-Laing's goal, but his curling effort was an inch wide from equalising, and Cardiff held out to record their fifth straight win at the City Ground.

While riding high in the Championship and facing opponents previously without an away win, Forest have a wretched record against the Bluebirds and have now lost nine of their past 10 meetings, including the past five at the City Ground.

The hosts started brightly, with Joao Carvalho firing their best chance over the bar when Lolley found the Portuguese midfielder in space, but they became disjointed after conceding their first goal in four matches as the visitors enjoyed a spell on top.

Despite the 4-0 midweek win at QPR, goals at home have been hard to come by for Sabri Lamouchi's side, with just nine in their past eight matches, and their lack of cutting edge, as well as the discipline of City's defence, proved key.

Forest put Cardiff under the cosh for long spells but, for all their neat build-up and possession, had just one shot on target from 31 efforts, Sammy Ameobi's shot straight at keeper Neil Etheridge, shortly before half-time.

Cardiff, who have taken seven points from nine since Harris took over from Neil Warnock, moved up to 10th, while Forest stayed fourth after their third home defeat of the season.

Nottingham Forest boss Sabri Lamouchi:

"The numbers, they are clear. But we can do no more than that. We can only try to hit the target. We did create big chances.

"Normally we are very efficient with the goals we score from the number of chances we create. This time it was the opposite.

"It is one more loss at home, unfortunately we missed a lot, because we created a lot. Then they scored with their one real shot in the first half. It was a big disappointment.

"There was good commitment from the players - they tried. In the end, I think we deserved more than the zero points we got."

Cardiff City manager Neil Harris:

"For the players I am delighted, because they have come close to winning away from home previously and the longer it goes on the more it builds up in your mind, I am sure.

"But our organisation and defending was outstanding. We blocked shots and put bodies on the line.

"When you have done that, you need moments of quality. Nathaniel provided that moment of class for us with his goal.

"I just asked the boys for discipline, for structure and to work for each other - at the moment we look like a proper unit."

Line-ups

Nottm Forest

  • 30Samba
  • 11Cash
  • 3Figueiredo
  • 4Worrall
  • 18RobinsonSubstituted forMirat 80'minutes
  • 8Watson
  • 28Silva
  • 23Lolley
  • 10CarvalhoSubstituted forSemedoat 66'minutes
  • 19AmeobiSubstituted forAdomahat 75'minutes
  • 7Grabban

Substitutes

  • 12Smith
  • 13Bostock
  • 14Mir
  • 17Semedo
  • 20Dawson
  • 36Chema
  • 37Adomah

Cardiff

  • 1Etheridge
  • 2Peltier
  • 5Flint
  • 16Nelson
  • 3Bennett
  • 7Bacuna
  • 15Pack
  • 19Mendez-LaingSubstituted forPatersonat 80'minutes
  • 17Tomlin
  • 33HoilettSubstituted forMorrisonat 86'minutes
  • 24MadineBooked at 67minsSubstituted forWardat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Morrison
  • 6Vaulks
  • 11Murphy
  • 12Smithies
  • 13Paterson
  • 23Ward
  • 32Coxe
Referee:
Robert Jones
Attendance:
28,209

Match Stats

Home TeamNottm ForestAway TeamCardiff
Possession
Home69%
Away31%
Shots
Home32
Away10
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home9
Away1
Fouls
Home12
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Nottingham Forest 0, Cardiff City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Nottingham Forest 0, Cardiff City 1.

Attempt blocked. Tiago Silva (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Joe Lolley.

Foul by Alfa Semedo (Nottingham Forest).

Lee Tomlin (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt blocked. Rafa Mir (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Matthew Cash.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Joe Worrall.

Attempt blocked. Leandro Bacuna (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Danny Ward.

Attempt saved. Matthew Cash (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tiago Silva.

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

Foul by Danny Ward (Cardiff City).

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

Attempt missed. Ben Watson (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Joe Lolley.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Curtis Nelson.

Attempt blocked. Rafa Mir (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Joe Lolley.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Sean Morrison replaces David Junior Hoilett.

Brice Samba (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Aden Flint (Cardiff City).

Foul by Ben Watson (Nottingham Forest).

Lee Tomlin (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Rafa Mir (Nottingham Forest).

David Junior Hoilett (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Matthew Cash (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Rafa Mir.

Attempt blocked. Matthew Cash (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Tiago Silva.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Rafa Mir replaces Jack Robinson.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Callum Paterson replaces Nathaniel Mendez-Laing.

Attempt missed. Alfa Semedo (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Joe Lolley with a cross.

Foul by Matthew Cash (Nottingham Forest).

David Junior Hoilett (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Ben Watson (Nottingham Forest).

Lee Tomlin (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Albert Adomah replaces Sammy Ameobi.

Attempt missed. Jack Robinson (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Sammy Ameobi.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Aden Flint.

Attempt missed. Alfa Semedo (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Sammy Ameobi.

Attempt missed. Ben Watson (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Danny Ward replaces Gary Madine.

Booking

Gary Madine (Cardiff City) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Alfa Semedo replaces João Carvalho.

Attempt missed. Joe Worrall (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

goal

As It Stood

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1Leeds19124328101840
2West Brom18116135191639
3Fulham19105431191235
4Nottm Forest1895424141032
5Bristol City198833127432
6Preston189453122931
7Brentford1993729141530
8Swansea198652420430
9Sheff Wed198562618829
10Cardiff197752725228
11Blackburn198382627-127
12Hull197573026426
13Millwall196852325-226
14Derby196762025-525
15Birmingham197481924-525
16QPR197482837-925
17Charlton196582626023
18Reading186392223-121
19Huddersfield194692231-918
20Middlesbrough193881627-1117
21Luton1952122540-1517
22Wigan1944111731-1416
23Stoke1942132033-1314
24Barnsley1926112138-1712
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