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Brentford 0-1 Nottingham Forest: Joe Lolley goal separates promotion rivals

Joe Lolley
Joe Lolley has scored four in five for Forest

Joe Lolley's first-half goal helped Nottingham Forest move up to third place in the Championship and within two points of the top two spots after beating fellow promotion hopefuls Brentford at Griffin Park.

Lolley's deflected shot flew past David Raya into the far corner to give Forest a lead they did not relinquish in an at-times feisty game, inflicting their opponents' first home league defeat since November.

Forest had chances to extend the lead but ex-Bees striker Lewis Grabban shot straight at Raya when well placed, and the same player might have won a penalty when he was felled by Ethan Pinnock, but no spot-kick was forthcoming.

Brentford failed to find a way past Forest goalkeeper Brice Samba, who pulled off a fine save from Emiliano Marcondes' free-kick late on to ensure the points stayed safe.

There seemed to be a little tension between Bees boss Thomas Frank and his opposite number Sabri Lamouchi at the end, after a real top-six tussle which left Brentford fifth.

The significance of this match was evident by the intensity of the football, which, despite living up to the promise in terms of quality, was also played at bubbling point throughout.

Bees forward Said Benrahma was booked for chopping down Samba Sow as the game became increasingly heated, while visiting keeper Samba was cautioned for time-wasting after incurring the wrath of the home support.

But while Forest take a big step towards the top two. Frank's Brentford are only six points behind second place themselves.

Brentford head coach Thomas Frank said:

"Forest are a good side and they are where they are for a reason. They are well organised and set out to make it scrappy from minute one.

"When you see them timewasting so early you know you have done something good at Griffin Park. They paid us a lot of respect and didn't let us get any tempo in the game.

"We knew they were a good team and it would be a tight game but we didn't have enough of that quality we usually do, so we can only blame ourselves."

Nottingham Forest manager Sabri Lamouchi said:

"[It was a] massive win on a difficult pitch against one of the best teams in the league.

"The players' attitude, character and personality was perfect. We were lucky to score early on and this changed the game, but to be honest the team deserved this result.

"I have a fantastic squad and dressing room, but this league is so far, so long and so tough. We are where we are because the players deserve it but we have to be consistent because every game home or away is tough in this league."

Line-ups

Brentford

  • 1Raya
  • 22Dalsgaard
  • 23Jeanvier
  • 5Pinnock
  • 3Henry
  • 8JensenSubstituted forMarcondesat 74'minutes
  • 6Nørgaard
  • 14Dasilva
  • 19Mbeumo
  • 11Watkins
  • 10BenrahmaBooked at 39mins

Substitutes

  • 4Yearwood
  • 16Valencia Castillo
  • 17Marcondes
  • 21Dervisoglu
  • 28Daniels
  • 32Racic
  • 35Rasmussen

Nottm Forest

  • 30SambaBooked at 23mins
  • 11Cash
  • 3Figueiredo
  • 4Worrall
  • 2Ribeiro
  • 8Watson
  • 21Sow
  • 19AmeobiSubstituted forAdomahat 90+5'minutes
  • 23LolleySubstituted forDiakhabyat 76'minutes
  • 28Silva
  • 7GrabbanSubstituted forYatesat 90+2'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Smith
  • 14Diakhaby
  • 16Jenkinson
  • 17Semedo
  • 20Dawson
  • 22Yates
  • 37Adomah
Referee:
Tim Robinson
Attendance:
12,274

Match Stats

Home TeamBrentfordAway TeamNottm Forest
Possession
Home69%
Away31%
Shots
Home13
Away8
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home10
Away6
Fouls
Home12
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Brentford 0, Nottingham Forest 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Brentford 0, Nottingham Forest 1.

Foul by Henrik Dalsgaard (Brentford).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Albert Adomah replaces Sammy Ameobi because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Ryan Yates replaces Lewis Grabban.

Foul by Emiliano Marcondes (Brentford).

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

Attempt missed. Tiago Silva (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Lewis Grabban.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Brice Samba.

Attempt saved. Emiliano Marcondes (Brentford) right footed shot from long range on the left is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Saïd Benrahma (Brentford) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Sammy Ameobi (Nottingham Forest).

Emiliano Marcondes (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Samba Sow (Nottingham Forest).

Hand ball by Ollie Watkins (Brentford).

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Ethan Pinnock.

Foul by Henrik Dalsgaard (Brentford).

Yuri Ribeiro (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Bryan Mbeumo (Brentford).

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

Attempt saved. Rico Henry (Brentford) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Saïd Benrahma.

Ethan Pinnock (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lewis Grabban (Nottingham Forest).

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Adama Diakhaby replaces Joe Lolley.

Attempt missed. Joe Lolley (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Sammy Ameobi.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Emiliano Marcondes replaces Mathias Jensen.

Foul by Ollie Watkins (Brentford).

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

Attempt missed. Josh Dasilva (Brentford) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Julian Jeanvier.

Foul by Mathias Jensen (Brentford).

Tiago Silva (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Ollie Watkins (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ben Watson (Nottingham Forest).

Attempt missed. Sammy Ameobi (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Lewis Grabban.

Attempt blocked. Saïd Benrahma (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ethan Pinnock.

Christian Nørgaard (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Matthew Cash (Nottingham Forest).

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Christian Nørgaard.

Attempt blocked. Joe Lolley (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leeds29167646262055
2West Brom291411451331853
3Nottm Forest29149640281251
4Fulham29147842301249
5Brentford291451044222247
6Bristol City2913884340347
7Preston2913794234846
8Swansea2912983433145
9Millwall29111173835344
10Blackburn29127104236643
11Sheff Wed29126114033742
12Cardiff29101274142-142
13Hull29116124138339
14QPR29115134753-638
15Reading29107123533237
16Derby29910103139-837
17Middlesbrough29811102936-735
18Birmingham2997133546-1134
19Huddersfield2988133345-1232
20Stoke2994163642-631
21Charlton2979133741-430
22Wigan2968152744-1726
23Barnsley2959153554-1924
24Luton2973193763-2624
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