Nottingham Forest 1-1 Burnley

Simon Cox scored Nottingham Forest's equaliser against Burnley

Simon Cox's header earned promotion-chasing Nottingham Forest a point against Championship leaders Burnley.

The Clarets, who top the table on goal difference, led slightly against the run of play when Sam Vokes scored a 28th-minute penalty after Gonzalo Jara handled Kieran Trippier's cross.

Forest levelled just before the break when Cox scored from close range following good work by Jamie Paterson.

Both sides threatened after half-time but neither could find a breakthrough.

The draw ensures Forest remain in fifth place, while the visitors - who were joined on 35 points by Leicester and QPR - stretch their unbeaten run to 12 games.

Forest looked the more likely winners after a bright start in a lively game at the City Ground.

However their good work was undone when Jara dangled an arm in front of Trippier's cross and Vokes thumped home his 10th goal of the season.

The hosts responded well and Henri Lansbury almost grabbed a swift leveller, but his curling free-kick came back off the bar.

Cox then squandered a good opportunity, flicking a header over the bar following an impressive run and cross from the left by skipper Chris Cohen.

The Republic of Ireland striker was also denied by Tom Heaton with another effort before he did find the equaliser.

Paterson worked himself some space out wide and his inviting chipped cross left Cox with a simple far-post header.

A defensive mix-up between Jack Hobbs and Cohen after the break almost gifted the away side a second goal but a lunging block from Nathaniel Chalobah denied Scott Arfield.

Radoslaw Majewski went close for Forest in the closing stages, while Danny Ings and Arfield did likewise for the Clarets.

But the most significant moment of an entertaining finale came when Cohen, who was making his 250th start for the Reds, limped off injured.

Nottingham Forest boss Billy Davies:

"With regards to the penalty, I agreed with the linesman. I am sure their manager will agree with the referee. I have seen the incident again and I agree with the linesman (who did not signal for a penalty)."

"It is a travesty that we did not get three points. There was only one team that was going to win this game.

"I was delighted with the performance. We played against the top of the league side and we had total dominance, nullifying them, barring five minutes. We deserved a lot more than we got. I am very proud of the players.

"I was pleased with the manner in which we went about our business, with the football we played, with the dominance we had. There have been many games where we have deserved more than we have got and this one was another.

"We lost some key players. We lost Eric Lichaj to an injury at half-time and Chris Cohen late in the game. He has a knee problem, in the same knee he has had issues with previously, we will find out how bad it is (on Sunday)."

Burnley manager Sean Dyche:

"We picked up a point at Nottingham Forest and we are top of the league and it is hard to be disappointed - but I like the fact that there was a little disappointment after this.

"There is no lack of effort, we just lacked a little quality on the ball. We have not had to defend that hard very often, but you expect that here. They have overwhelming resources. Still, they did not manage to break us down too often. This is a tough place to come.

"We have 20-something players who are working hard for the cause. Billy Davies has spoken about his injuries. I think he was down to 32 players."

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Burnley1610511735
2Leicester1611231035
3QPR1610511035
4Blackpool16772528
5Nottm Forest16763727
6Leeds16826526
7Derby16745725
8Reading16673525
9Brighton16664524
10Watford16655623
11Wigan15645422
12Ipswich16556220
13Huddersfield16556120
14Blackburn16556120
15Bolton16475-419
16Bournemouth16538-1018
17Millwall16457-1217
18Middlesbrough16376016
19Doncaster15447-1016
20Birmingham16439-515
21Charlton15357-714
22Sheff Wed15186-711
23Barnsley16259-1611
24Yeovil162311-149
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