Match ends, Nottingham Forest 0, Charlton Athletic 1.
Nottingham Forest 0-1 Charlton Athletic: Lyle Taylor strike earns victory at City Ground
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."
- 6BongSubstituted forCashat 59'minutes
- 22YatesSubstituted forda Costa Jóiaat 70'minutesBooked at 86mins
- 28SilvaSubstituted forSemedoat 59'minutes
- 14DiakhabyBooked at 47mins
- 9da Costa Jóia
- 1PhillipsBooked at 90mins
- 45DoughtySubstituted forPurringtonat 61'minutes
- 27DavisBooked at 21mins
- 29OztumerSubstituted forMcGeadyat 59'minutes
- 24CullenBooked at 66mins
- 26HemedSubstituted forSmithat 73'minutesBooked at 90mins
- Darren Bond
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Nottingham Forest 0, Charlton Athletic 1.
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.
Matthew Smith (Charlton Athletic) is shown the yellow card.
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, 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, 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.
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, Charlton Athletic. Ben Purrington replaces Alfie Doughty.
Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Matthew Cash replaces Gaëtan Bong.
Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Alfa Semedo replaces Tiago Silva.
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.