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Nottingham Forest 1-2 Bristol City: Daniel Bentley stars in Robins win

By Brendon MitchellBBC Sport
Daniel Bentley
Goalkeeper Daniel Bentley produced a man-of-the-match display to help Bristol City to victory

Bristol City increased the pressure on Nottingham Forest manager Sabri Lamouchi with a victory at the City Ground that extended their own perfect start to the Championship season.

The Robins were 2-0 up inside 22 minutes, with Andreas Weimann's placed finish and Nahki Wells' half-volley putting them on course for a fourth win from four matches.

Luke Freeman then halved the deficit with a brilliant 25-yard strike against his former club before the break - and from that stage on only City goalkeeper Daniel Bentley stood between Forest and their first league point of the campaign.

The ex-Brentford man was in inspired form as he produced a string of fine saves to preserve Bristol City's 100% record.

Having already tipped a third-minute Alex Mighten header against the bar, Jack Colback and Lyle Taylor were both thwarted by the 27-year-old from point-blank range.

Arguably his best save came from Cyrus Christie's long-range shot, which appeared destined for the top corner before Bentley somehow diverted it over with a one-handed stop.

In all, the hosts mustered 21 attempts on goal - 13 of which came during a one-sided second half - but the defeat leaves them 22nd in the table.

Forest's poor start to the 2020-21 season follows a disastrous conclusion to the previous campaign, which saw them pipped to a play-off place on the final day by Swansea City.

Lamouchi's side have not won in 10 Championship matches - losing each of the past six - a run that dates back to 1 July when they beat Bristol City 1-0.

By contrast, Dean Holden sees his side sit top of the table on goals scored, with Reading the only other second-tier team boasting a perfect start.

Nottingham Forest boss Sabri Lamouchi:

"Yes, there were positive signs today - but not enough. Because the result is negative one more time. It is one more day, one more game, one more bad result, with the same mistakes.

"After the second [Bristol City] goal we started to play. We got back in the game and the second half was the opposite. I don't know why we play only when we need a reaction and not from minute one.

"We need to wake up. We need to take responsibility. Of course, the manager has more responsibility than anyone. The second half was much better, so we just need to click; we need to get out of this very bad situation."

Bristol City boss Dean Holden told BBC Radio Bristol:

"We got two very good goals again, then we switched off a little bit and the momentum of the game changed. At 2-1 we knew what they would throw at us in the second half so we had to stand up to it and we did, to be fair.

"Four wins from four is a tough ask in any division and the players are giving everything. Dan Bentley was incredible in the second half, some of the saves he made were big saves.

"Every single thing Forest threw at us, we managed to get ourselves in the way, and I'm really pleased it happened like that because in any successful season there's going to be times like that."

Line-ups

Nottm Forest

  • 30Samba
  • 2Christie
  • 6Mbe Soh
  • 24Blackett
  • 44Ioannou
  • 31ArterSubstituted forSowat 68'minutes
  • 8Colback
  • 17MightenSubstituted forTaylorat 68'minutes
  • 15Freeman
  • 11AmeobiSubstituted forda Costa Jóiaat 58'minutes
  • 7Grabban

Substitutes

  • 9da Costa Jóia
  • 12Smith
  • 20Dawson
  • 21Sow
  • 22Yates
  • 27Darikwa
  • 33Taylor

Bristol City

  • 1Bentley
  • 26Vyner
  • 23Moore
  • 5MawsonBooked at 43mins
  • 2HuntBooked at 39mins
  • 10PatersonSubstituted forBruntat 77'minutes
  • 30Bakinson
  • 14Weimann
  • 25Rowe
  • 7MartinSubstituted forDiédhiouat 81'minutes
  • 21WellsSubstituted forSemenyoat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Dasilva
  • 9Diédhiou
  • 11O'Dowda
  • 12O'Leary
  • 18Semenyo
  • 29Brunt
  • 43S Sessegnon
Referee:
Keith Stroud

Match Stats

Home TeamNottm ForestAway TeamBristol City
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home20
Away7
Shots on Target
Home6
Away5
Corners
Home11
Away5
Fouls
Home13
Away9

Live Text

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    Match ends, Nottingham Forest 1, Bristol City 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Nottingham Forest 1, Bristol City 2.

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    Attempt blocked. Loïc Mbe Soh (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

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    Attempt missed. Nuno da Costa (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right following a corner.

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    Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Jack Hunt.

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

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    Foul by Jack Colback (Nottingham Forest).

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    Tyreeq Bakinson (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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    Foul by Nuno da Costa (Nottingham Forest).

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    Jack Hunt (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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    Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Brice Samba.

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    Attempt saved. Antoine Semenyo (Bristol City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Tommy Rowe.

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    Attempt saved. Andreas Weimann (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Famara Diédhiou.

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    Attempt missed. Lyle Taylor (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Cyrus Christie.

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    Foul by Chris Brunt (Bristol City).

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    Nuno da Costa (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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    Foul by Famara Diédhiou (Bristol City).

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    Tyler Blackett (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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    Tyreeq Bakinson (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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    Foul by Jack Colback (Nottingham Forest).