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Bristol City 1-2 Nottingham Forest: Lyle Taylor last-gasp double gives Reds win

Lyle Taylor scores for Nottingham Forest
Lyle Taylor sent Dan Bentley the wrong way from the spot to pull Nottingham Forest level

Lyle Taylor scored twice in injury time as Nottingham Forest stunned Bristol City and maintained their upward curve under new boss Steve Cooper.

Teenager Alex Scott's first senior goal looked to have earned City a first home win since January 26.

But Taylor levelled from the spot early in stoppage time after Nathan Baker felled Forest's Djed Spence.

And yet more drama followed as Taylor, unmarked at the back post, tapped in a loose ball to snatch an unlikely victory and extend the Robins' winless run at Ashton Gate to 17 matches.

It left those in the stadium bewildered bar the delighted Forest fans in the Atyeo Stand, who did not have much to celebrate before Cooper's arrival last month.

However they have now won four and drawn one of the former Swansea manager's five games in charge.

Bristol City had the first big chance when Scott slotted wide with the goal at his mercy, though Forest went close when Brennan Johnson's low left-footed shot came back off the post.

Scott made amends for his earlier miss to give the hosts the lead, pouncing on the rebound after Forest keeper Brice Samba had saved Nahki Wells' shot.

Wells then saw Samba tip his shot on to the post - and that was to prove a key intervention.

Forest turned the game on its head with Taylor's late double, the winner coming after Joe Lolley's effort had been parried by Bristol City keeper Dan Bentley.

Bristol City manager Nigel Pearson told BBC Radio Bristol:

"We've thrown away a very good situation. For the most part, I think we played okay.

"I thought in the first half in particular we were very good at stopping them from playing and played some good stuff ourselves.

"In the second half, we didn't get hold of the ball in the way we needed to. We were very wasteful.

"If we had drawn the game, I would still have been very disappointed. But a 2-1 defeat is really quite tough."

Nottingham Forest boss Steve Cooper:

"It was a great team effort and a great example of never giving up.

"It is still early days and there are things to work on. Our final ball could have been better and we won't overlook that.

"But the spirit about the squad was there for all to see and it was a great result for us.

"An away point is never a bad result in the Championship, but we were never going to settle for that."

Line-ups

Bristol City

Formation 3-1-4-2

  • 1Bentley
  • 22Kalas
  • 5Atkinson
  • 17Baker
  • 6James
  • 19Tanner
  • 14Weimann
  • 36ScottBooked at 66minsSubstituted forPalmerat 77'minutes
  • 3Dasilva
  • 9MartinSubstituted forMassengoat 66'minutes
  • 21WellsSubstituted forO'Dowdaat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Simpson
  • 11O'Dowda
  • 12O'Leary
  • 15Bakinson
  • 16Pring
  • 42Massengo
  • 45Palmer

Nottm Forest

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 30Samba
  • 4Worrall
  • 3FigueiredoSubstituted forMightenat 66'minutes
  • 26McKenna
  • 2Spence
  • 22Yates
  • 37Garner
  • 15Lowe
  • 11ZinckernagelSubstituted forLolleyat 77'minutes
  • 20Johnson
  • 7GrabbanSubstituted forTaylorat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Horvath
  • 8Colback
  • 10Carvalho
  • 13Bong
  • 17Mighten
  • 23Lolley
  • 33Taylor
Referee:
Steve Martin
Attendance:
18,325

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol CityAway TeamNottm Forest
Possession
Home34%
Away66%
Shots
Home9
Away15
Shots on Target
Home2
Away6
Corners
Home1
Away9
Fouls
Home7
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bristol City 1, Nottingham Forest 2.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Foul by Lyle Taylor (Nottingham Forest).

  4. Post update

    Nathan Baker (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Goal!

    Goal! Bristol City 1, Nottingham Forest 2. Lyle Taylor (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Joe Lolley (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Alex Mighten.

  7. Post update

    Goal! Bristol City 1, Nottingham Forest 1. Lyle Taylor (Nottingham Forest) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

  8. Post update

    Penalty Nottingham Forest. Djed Spence draws a foul in the penalty area.

  9. Post update

    Penalty conceded by Nathan Baker (Bristol City) after a foul in the penalty area.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by George Tanner.

  11. Post update

    Offside, Bristol City. Andreas Weimann tries a through ball, but Kasey Palmer is caught offside.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Lyle Taylor (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by James Garner.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol City. Callum O'Dowda replaces Nahki Wells.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Lyle Taylor replaces Lewis Grabban.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Joe Lolley (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by James Garner.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol City. Kasey Palmer replaces Alex Scott.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Joe Lolley replaces Philip Zinckernagel.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Philip Zinckernagel (Nottingham Forest).

  19. Post update

    Alex Scott (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Andreas Weimann (Bristol City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Matty James with a cross.

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