Championship
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Championship: Nottingham Forest 1-1 Rotherham United

Rotherham celebrate
Dan Barlaser's penalty was emphatically struck beyond Brice Samba in the Forest goal

Nottingham Forest and Rotherham shared the points as Chris Hughton's first home game as Reds boss ended in a Championship draw.

Sammy Ameobi tucked in for Forest after Lewis Grabban and Joe Lolley had combined, to cancel out Dan Barlaser's thumping spot-kick following a foul on Billy Jones.

Ryan Yates came closest to a goal in the first half but was deemed to be offside, while Mickel Miller fired wide for Rotherham after cutting infield.

Cyrus Christie gave away a penalty by hauling Jones down when he slipped, and Barlaser drilled down the middle to open the scoring.

However, Forest piled on the pressure looking for an equaliser and after Lolley had hit the post and Christie forced a good save from Jamal Blackman, Ameobi found the net to earn a point.

Hughton's arrival at Forest brought a winning start and an end to a four-game losing run for the East Midlanders at Blackburn on Saturday and this point continues the improvement.

Goals remain something of a concern, with just three in the opening six games, but they had plenty of chances - with Grabban drilling his effort into the side netting after rounding Blackman as his run without a goal extended to 10 games.

Rotherham are currently without boss Paul Warne, forced to self-isolate at home after a family member contracted Covid-19, but the Millers have drawn both games now in his absence.

They responded well after Forest's early peppering of their goal to force their way into the game, and they too might have grabbed a win late on as Michael Ihiekwe caused problems with a couple of headers.

Nottingham Forest boss Chris Hughton told BBC Radio Nottingham:

"What you do is you want to get into a second half where you want a reaction from the players.

"Rotherham play with high intensity, they're very fit side, they close down all over the pitch using man-to-man so you have to be a good team to play around them.

"I wanted a reaction second half and I got that, we had enough good chances to win two football matches, on a good day we put them away and on a difficult day we don't.

"I'm pleased with the reaction but certainly it's a game we should have won."

Rotherham skipper Richard Wood told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"It was a good point in the end, they threw everything at us towards the end and we hung on and got a well-deserved point.

"We played some really nice stuff at times as well.

"We just have to stick together, they had some great chances, and it's about sticking together as a group, grinding out and getting the result."

Line-ups

Nottm Forest

  • 30Samba
  • 2Christie
  • 3Figueiredo
  • 26McKenna
  • 44Ioannou
  • 22Yates
  • 8ColbackSubstituted forArterat 73'minutes
  • 23Lolley
  • 15FreemanSubstituted forTaylorat 67'minutes
  • 11Ameobi
  • 7Grabban

Substitutes

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

Rotherham

  • 27Blackman
  • 19HardingBooked at 90mins
  • 20Ihiekwe
  • 6Wood
  • 2JonesSubstituted forSadlierat 76'minutes
  • 16LindsayBooked at 53minsSubstituted forMacDonaldat 67'minutes
  • 25Crooks
  • 26Barlaser
  • 8Wiles
  • 10Ladapo
  • 14MillerSubstituted forOlosundeat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Johansson
  • 4MacDonald
  • 9Hirst
  • 17Sadlier
  • 22Olosunde
  • 24Smith
  • 28Jozefzoon
Referee:
Steve Martin

Match Stats

Home TeamNottm ForestAway TeamRotherham
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home20
Away7
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home3
Away3
Fouls
Home13
Away25

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Nottingham Forest 1, Rotherham United 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Nottingham Forest 1, Rotherham United 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Harry Arter (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Ryan Yates.

  4. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Lyle Taylor (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Nicolas Ioannou.

  5. Post update

    Cyrus Christie (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Ben Wiles (Rotherham United).

  7. Post update

    Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Daniel Barlaser.

  8. Post update

    Hand ball by Kieran Sadlier (Rotherham United).

  9. Booking

    Wes Harding (Rotherham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  10. Post update

    Joe Lolley (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Wes Harding (Rotherham United).

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Michael Ihiekwe (Rotherham United) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Daniel Barlaser with a cross.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Tobias Figueiredo.

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Michael Ihiekwe (Rotherham United) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Daniel Barlaser with a cross.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Nicolas Ioannou.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lewis Grabban (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Cyrus Christie.

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Offside, Nottingham Forest. Harry Arter tries a through ball, but Ryan Yates is caught offside.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Harry Arter (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

  20. Post update

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