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Nottingham Forest 0-1 Charlton Athletic: Lyle Taylor strike earns victory at City Ground

Charlton's Lyle Taylor scores the only goal of the first half against Nottingham Forest
Lyle Taylor's emphatic first-half finish was his ninth goal of the season

Lyle Taylor's first-half strike ruined Nottingham Forest's chances of going second in the Championship as Charlton Athletic eased their relegation fears by ending a dismal 12-game winless away run.

Taylor powerfully steered home Naby Sarr's delicious left-wing cross after Forest lost possession and the Addicks held on with little alarm to move up to 19th place in the table, six points above the relegation zone.

A Reds side missing top scorer Lewis Grabban, one of five changes from the team that so impressed in dismantling Leeds United at the City Ground on Saturday, struggled to find their attacking fluency despite the best efforts of Tiago Silva and the ever-busy Joe Lolley.

Silva twice went close before the break while Sarr very nearly put through his own net with a sliced clearance that hit the top of the bar.

Tyler Walker, Grabban's replacement, came closest to levelling in a disjointed second period, but Forest failed to take advantage of the 1-1 draw between Brentford and Leeds and slipped to fifth spot following their eighth defeat of the season.

The Reds had six wins from their past nine games and began brightly enough in an open game on a bitterly cold evening which ended in deep frustration for the majority of a near sell-out crowd.

Home keeper Brice Samba twice had to make decent saves, stopping a fierce Alfie Doughty strike at his near post and, after Taylor struck, also pushing away a long-range Erhun Oztumer effort.

Forest's best first-half moments mainly stemmed from Silva, who was every bit as influential in midfield as Oztumer.

Silva tested keeper Dillon Phillips with a sharp turn and shot and then bounced an effort wide from distance. The Portuguese was also involved in a slick move that saw Walker scoop a shot just off target from Adama Diakhaby's left-wing centre.

But the closest the hosts came to an equaliser was when Sarr's sliced clearance from Carl Jenkinson hit the bar and went over.

Chances were limited after the break, with Charlton wasting numerous good attacking positions and Tomer Hemed guilty of some wayward finishing.

At the other end, Forest striker Walker was unable to get a convincing connection on a cross by substitute Matty Cash and sent his effort meekly into the arms of Phillips as Charlton secured a first away league victory since August to go six points clear of the bottom three.

Nottingham Forest boss Sabri Lamouchi told BBC Radio Nottingham:

"Different night, different atmosphere, different result, different performance [to the Leeds game]. We made a lot of mistakes, probably me first with some of the changes.

"But the best team won, with just one chance in the first-half, and we gave them the chance to score and they scored and after that they controlled the game.

"We could have played for two or three hours and we didn't create a lot, wrong night and a bad performance. Lewis Grabban didn't play with a problem with the knee, same as Samba Sow and Sammy Ameobi.

"But for Matty Cash, and Yuri Ribeiro it was a mistake. Tonight was totally different to three days ago, no rhythm, none of the same fight or spirit.

"I changed because we have a lot of games, but it was my mistake."

Charlton boss Lee Bowyer told BBC Radio London:

"Saturday after the Stoke defeat I said - that won't happen again. I know the group I have and that wasn't like us but tonight was the way we can play.

"From start to finish we were better than them, they created the odd chance here and there but they're a good side. Not many teams have taken four points from Forest this season, let alone come here and got three. It should have been more [goals], we should have won by more.

"We've been in every game away from home except the weekend just gone. We're now three points nearer to the target of staying up that we need. People wrote us off and said we'll go down, but I believe in this group of players and they keep fighting and I keep pushing them. With our fans behind us, we've got a good group here."

Line-ups

Nottm Forest

  • 30Samba
  • 16Jenkinson
  • 3Figueiredo
  • 4Worrall
  • 6BongSubstituted forCashat 59'minutes
  • 8Watson
  • 22YatesSubstituted forda Costa Jóiaat 70'minutesBooked at 86mins
  • 23Lolley
  • 28SilvaSubstituted forSemedoat 59'minutes
  • 14DiakhabyBooked at 47mins
  • 34Walker

Substitutes

  • 9da Costa Jóia
  • 10Carvalho
  • 11Cash
  • 17Semedo
  • 20Dawson
  • 48Mighten
  • 49Muric

Charlton

  • 1PhillipsBooked at 90mins
  • 2Matthews
  • 5Lockyer
  • 6Pearce
  • 23Sarr
  • 45DoughtySubstituted forPurringtonat 61'minutes
  • 27DavisBooked at 21mins
  • 29OztumerSubstituted forMcGeadyat 59'minutes
  • 24CullenBooked at 66mins
  • 9Taylor
  • 26HemedSubstituted forSmithat 73'minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 3Purrington
  • 4Oshilaja
  • 10Aneke
  • 13Amos
  • 14McGeady
  • 17Bonne
  • 21Smith
Referee:
Darren Bond
Attendance:
28,029

Match Stats

Home TeamNottm ForestAway TeamCharlton
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home17
Away11
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away5
Fouls
Home8
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Nottingham Forest 0, Charlton Athletic 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Nottingham Forest 0, Charlton Athletic 1.

Booking

Dillon Phillips (Charlton Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Nuno da Costa tries a through ball, but Joe Worrall is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Nuno da Costa (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Tyler Walker with a cross.

Booking

Matthew Smith (Charlton Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Nuno da Costa (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Offside, Charlton Athletic. David Davis tries a through ball, but Lyle Taylor is caught offside.

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

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

Foul by Ben Purrington (Charlton Athletic).

Attempt saved. Tyler Walker (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Tobias Figueiredo (Nottingham Forest).

Lyle Taylor (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Alfa Semedo (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by David Davis (Charlton Athletic).

Substitution

Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Matthew Smith replaces Tomer Hemed.

Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Matthew Cash.

Attempt saved. Lyle Taylor (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Josh Cullen.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Nuno da Costa replaces Ryan Yates.

Alfa Semedo (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lyle Taylor (Charlton Athletic).

Foul by Alfa Semedo (Nottingham Forest).

Josh Cullen (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Naby Sarr.

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

Booking

Josh Cullen (Charlton Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Josh Cullen (Charlton Athletic).

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

Foul by Tomer Hemed (Charlton Athletic).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Ben Purrington replaces Alfie Doughty.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Matthew Cash replaces Gaëtan Bong.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Alfa Semedo replaces Tiago Silva.

Substitution

Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Aiden McGeady replaces Erhun Oztumer.

Attempt missed. Joe Lolley (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Gaëtan Bong.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Adam Matthews.

Attempt missed. Tomer Hemed (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Lyle Taylor following a fast break.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1West Brom311611455332259
2Leeds32168847301756
3Fulham31167846321455
4Brentford321661053262754
5Nottm Forest32159843311254
6Preston3114894536950
7Bristol City3114894543250
8Blackburn32138114638847
9Swansea32121193737047
10Cardiff31111374343046
11Millwall31111283837145
12Sheff Wed31128114134744
13Derby311110103841-343
14Birmingham32127134148-743
15Hull32117144347-440
16Reading31109123735239
17QPR32116154756-939
18Middlesbrough32813113442-837
19Charlton3299144145-436
20Huddersfield3198143748-1135
21Stoke31104173947-834
22Wigan3279163148-1730
23Barnsley32510173758-2125
24Luton3173213766-2924
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