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Blackburn Rovers 0-1 Nottingham Forest: Joe Lolley earns win for Chris Hughton's side

Joe Lolley celebrates scoring for Nottingham Forest against Blackburn Rovers
Joe Lolley's late strike was just Forest's second in five Championship games this season

Joe Lolley's injury-time strike earned Nottingham Forest victory over Blackburn Rovers as new boss Chris Hughton's first game in charge brought a dramatic win at Ewood Park.

Forest looked set to earn a first Championship point this season following four consecutive defeats, but Lolley secured all three with a deflected strike after cutting in from the right flank.

Hughton's side edged a turgid first half that saw barely any goalmouth action.

But the Reds side, who are now 20th in the table, upped the tempo after the break and created several chances, with Ryan Yates, Tobias Figueiredo, Lyle Taylor and Sammy Ameobi all going close before Lolley's winner.

Rovers, who had gone three games unbeaten since defeat against Bournemouth in their opening fixture, managed just one attempt on target in each half, with former Forest striker Ben Brereton's strike going closest with a strike that produced a regulation save from Brice Samba before the break.

But the visitors, with Luke Freeman excelling, were increasingly threatening and were good value for the win after dominating the latter stages.

Ryan Yates was narrowly off target with a header from Lewis Grabban's cross and Figueiredo headed straight at keeper Thomas Kaminski.

The prospects of a Reds winner seemed to end when Ameobi's clever toe-poked effort from the edge of the box came crashing back off the post, but Lolley intervened with a tame strike that took a telling deflection past Kaminski.

Nottingham Forest manager Chris Hughton
Chris Hughton was back in management for the first time since leaving Brighton last year

Blackburn manager Tony Mowbray:

"It looked like a team that hadn't played together and it hasn't played together. We had one day with that team on the grass.

"Because of the current climate, the team changed from the one we prepared during the week.

"It looked like 0-0 all over it really. We were never under any real serious threat, but there you go - you can lose tight games from a set-play or deflected shot.

"The first half was as poor as we've been this year but, as I said, it was a team thrown together really."

Nottingham Forest boss Chris Hughton:

"Did I see the goal coming? Probably not. I thought the game was going to be 0-0, but we finished strong, which was good.

"When you score a goal so late in the game, it gives the team an incredible lift. We've come to a team in really good form and, for periods, they showed why.

"They've been able to score goals, so the pleasing aspect is I thought we got stronger as the game went on.

"It was always about making sure we were solid enough as a team, but having opportunities ourselves."

Line-ups

Blackburn

  • 1Kaminski
  • 2Nyambe
  • 5Ayala
  • 26Lenihan
  • 17Bell
  • 21BuckleySubstituted forChapmanat 68'minutes
  • 4JohnsonBooked at 58mins
  • 29Evans
  • 39DolanSubstituted forGallagherat 53'minutesBooked at 72mins
  • 7Armstrong
  • 20BreretonSubstituted forBrennanat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Gallagher
  • 11Chapman
  • 18Davenport
  • 25Carter
  • 28Wharton
  • 37Brennan
  • 41Stergiakis

Nottm Forest

  • 30Samba
  • 2Christie
  • 3FigueiredoBooked at 28mins
  • 26McKenna
  • 44Ioannou
  • 22Yates
  • 8ColbackSubstituted forArterat 50'minutes
  • 23LolleySubstituted forSowat 90+3'minutes
  • 15Freeman
  • 11Ameobi
  • 7GrabbanSubstituted forTaylorat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Mbe Soh
  • 12Smith
  • 16Jenkinson
  • 17Mighten
  • 21Sow
  • 31Arter
  • 33Taylor
Referee:
Jarred Gillett

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackburnAway TeamNottm Forest
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home6
Away16
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away3
Fouls
Home11
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 0, Nottingham Forest 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 0, Nottingham Forest 1.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Samba Sow replaces Joe Lolley.

  4. Goal!

    Goal! Blackburn Rovers 0, Nottingham Forest 1. Joe Lolley (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ryan Yates.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Adam Armstrong (Blackburn Rovers).

  6. Post update

    Cyrus Christie (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Sammy Ameobi (Nottingham Forest) hits the right post with a left footed shot from outside the box following a set piece situation.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Sam Gallagher (Blackburn Rovers).

  9. Post update

    Nicolas Ioannou (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  10. Post update

    Ryan Nyambe (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Luke Freeman (Nottingham Forest).

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right following a corner.

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Amari'i Bell (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Nicolas Ioannou.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sammy Ameobi (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Tobias Figueiredo with a headed pass following a corner.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Daniel Ayala.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Luke Brennan replaces Ben Brereton.

  18. Post update

    Ben Brereton (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Yates (Nottingham Forest).

  20. Post update

    Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Luke Freeman.