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Nottingham Forest 3-1 Millwall: Sammy Ameobi double helps down Lions

Sammy Ameobi (right) scores for Nottingham Forest against Millwall
Sammy Ameobi (right) had only scored once in 24 games for Nottingham Forest this season before facing Millwall

Nottingham Forest beat out-of-form Millwall to extend their unbeaten run to six Championship games and move six points clear of the relegation zone.

Sammy Ameobi's low shot from outside the box put Forest ahead at half-time, although Lewis Grabban had to clear a looping header from Lions centre-back Sean Hutchinson off his own line.

After Cafu and Ryan Yates went close to doubling the lead, Ameobi made it 2-0 with 20 minutes remaining when he sent a fine curling shot past Bartosz Bialkowksi from the edge of the area.

Yates added a third from Cafu's corner before Ben Thompson netted a late consolation for the visitors, firing home a half-volley after controlling a punched clearance by keeper Brice Samba.

Forest climb to 19th in the table, one point and three places behind Gary Rowett's Millwall - who have now recorded just one win in their past 15 league games.

The hosts had the better chances in the first half at the City Ground, with Grabban testing Bialkowski from a tight angle and Joe Worrell shooting over the bar.

Forest went ahead 11 minutes before the break as Ameobi picked out the bottom right-hand corner with his left-footed strike from 25 yards.

Bialkowski parried away Cafu's free-kick and Yates shot wide as Forest went looking for a second after the resumption.

It finally came when Ameobi cut in from the right and combined with Alex Mighten before firing in his third goal of the campaign.

Yates turned in a half-volley to make sure of the points with six minutes left, with Thompson's strike coming too late to affect the outcome.

It is the first time Forest have achieved back-to-back league wins since November, while Chris Hughton's side scored three goals in a game for the first time since June last year.

Nottingham Forest manager Chris Hughton:

"You have to take your opportunities when they come your way, and thankfully we did that.

"We know we are going to have lots of battling games, where we might not have the possession we might like.

"When that happens, it is down to the quality of your players.

"Sammy's second was a beauty and he does have that in his locker. This is our request to the offensive players we have got - can you make the difference?"

Millwall boss Gary Rowett:

"For the first 20-25 minutes we were too passive, and we looked like we were still in the dressing room.

"We started to impose ourselves a bit more on the game and then we conceded a really poor goal.

"Regardless of where they are in the league, they have got dangerous players in forward areas.

"One big part of the game was keeping Ameobi on his right foot and not allowing him to cut inside. Twice we allowed him to waltz inside and it's two good finishes.

"We have got to start getting serious because we have to start grabbing games and be more aggressive."

Line-ups

Nottm Forest

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 30SambaBooked at 90mins
  • 2Christie
  • 4Worrall
  • 26McKenna
  • 5Ribeiro
  • 22Yates
  • 21SowSubstituted forTaylorat 72'minutes
  • 11Ameobi
  • 18Ribeiro Dias
  • 17MightenSubstituted forBongat 81'minutes
  • 7Grabban

Substitutes

  • 3Figueiredo
  • 6Mbe Soh
  • 12Smith
  • 13Bong
  • 16Jenkinson
  • 19Guerrero
  • 23Lolley
  • 28Knockaert
  • 33Taylor

Millwall

Formation 3-4-3

  • 33Bialkowski
  • 4Hutchinson
  • 15PearceSubstituted forBennettat 64'minutes
  • 5Cooper
  • 23McNamara
  • 18Leonard
  • 19WoodsSubstituted forThompsonat 79'minutes
  • 14Malone
  • 7J WallaceSubstituted forBödvarssonat 80'minutes
  • 13ZohoreSubstituted forSmithat 64'minutes
  • 25ParrottSubstituted forBradshawat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Fielding
  • 6Williams
  • 8Thompson
  • 9Bradshaw
  • 10Smith
  • 11Ferguson
  • 12Romeo
  • 20Bennett
  • 22Bödvarsson
Referee:
Keith Stroud

Match Stats

Home TeamNottm ForestAway TeamMillwall
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home17
Away14
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away8
Fouls
Home11
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Nottingham Forest 3, Millwall 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Nottingham Forest 3, Millwall 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Matt Smith (Millwall).

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Gaëtan Bong.

  6. Post update

    Ryan Leonard (Millwall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Lewis Grabban (Nottingham Forest).

  8. Booking

    Brice Samba (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Tom Bradshaw (Millwall).

  10. Post update

    Brice Samba (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Tom Bradshaw (Millwall) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Scott Malone with a cross.

  12. Goal!

    Goal! Nottingham Forest 3, Millwall 1. Ben Thompson (Millwall) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal following a corner.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Gaëtan Bong.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Yuri Ribeiro (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Lewis Grabban.

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jón Dadi Bödvarsson (Millwall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Dan McNamara with a cross.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Tom Bradshaw (Millwall) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Scott Malone with a cross.

  17. Goal!

    Goal! Nottingham Forest 3, Millwall 0. Ryan Yates (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Cafú with a cross following a corner.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Shaun Hutchinson.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Gaëtan Bong replaces Alex Mighten.

  20. Post update

    Mason Bennett (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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2Swansea24137429131646
3Bournemouth24119438201842
4Brentford22118336211541
5Watford23117527171040
6Reading2312473428640
7Middlesbrough2310672819936
8Stoke249962723436
9Bristol City2311392524136
10Barnsley24104102731-434
11Blackburn2496939281133
12Luton249692126-533
13Preston24102123033-332
14Huddersfield2494112834-631
15Cardiff2385103027329
16Millwall2351172024-426
17Coventry236892231-926
18Birmingham2468101829-1126
19Nottm Forest2467111927-825
20QPR235992230-824
21Sheff Wed2367101523-819
22Rotherham2154122029-919
23Derby2347121425-1119
24Wycombe2336141635-1915
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