Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 0, Nottingham Forest 1.
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.
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."
- 21BuckleySubstituted forChapmanat 68'minutes
- 4JohnsonBooked at 58mins
- 39DolanSubstituted forGallagherat 53'minutesBooked at 72mins
- 20BreretonSubstituted forBrennanat 81'minutes
- 3FigueiredoBooked at 28mins
- 8ColbackSubstituted forArterat 50'minutes
- 23LolleySubstituted forSowat 90+3'minutes
- 7GrabbanSubstituted forTaylorat 74'minutes
- 6Mbe Soh
- Jarred Gillett
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 0, Nottingham Forest 1.
Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Samba Sow replaces Joe Lolley.
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.
Foul by Adam Armstrong (Blackburn Rovers).
Cyrus Christie (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Sammy Ameobi (Nottingham Forest) hits the right post with a left footed shot from outside the box following a set piece situation.
Foul by Sam Gallagher (Blackburn Rovers).
Nicolas Ioannou (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Ryan Nyambe (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Luke Freeman (Nottingham Forest).
Attempt missed. Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right following a corner.
Attempt blocked. Amari'i Bell (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Nicolas Ioannou.
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.
Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Daniel Ayala.
Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Luke Brennan replaces Ben Brereton.
Ben Brereton (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Ryan Yates (Nottingham Forest).
Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Luke Freeman.