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Nottingham Forest 3-1 Yeovil Town

Rafik Djebbour scored on his debut as Nottingham Forest strengthened their promotion hopes with victory over Championship strugglers Yeovil.

Substitute Djebbour, signed from Olympiakos last week, stabbed home in stoppage time to seal the win.

Forest led early on when Yeovil's Byron Webster turned Jamie Paterson's shot into his own net.

Kieffer Moore equalised with a header but Simon Cox got Forest's second from close range before Djebbour struck.

Forest remain fifth following the victory, but are seven points clear of seventh-placed Ipswich.

The hosts went into the game on the back of an impressive run of form, with Billy Davies's side unbeaten in their previous 12 games in all competitions.

Yeovil, in contrast, had lost five of their previous six Championship games, a run of form that has seen them drop to the bottom of the table.

Unsurprisingly, it was the home side who dominated from the outset as Paterson saw a fourth-minute shot blocked, before Andy Reid skewed an effort wide.

Yeovil struggled to deal with the pace of Forest's attacks, and it was no surprise the hosts went in front through a swift break.

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Post-match: Yeovil boss Johnson

Henri Lansbury crossed for Paterson, whose shot was helped over the line by defender Webster as he tried to clear.

To Yeovil's credit, they responded well and equalised nine minutes later as Jamie McAllister crossed from the left and Moore jumped highest to head home.

Forest had struggled to forge opportunities after that setback, but retook the lead just before the break when Cox slotted in Jamie Mackie's low cross from four yards.

The home side were more effective in attack at the start of the second half, with Lansbury's drive tipped round the post by goalkeeper Marek Stech before Paterson's precise shot hit the woodwork.

And, just as Yeovil started to get on top, striker Djebbour made the points safe when he prodded in from a yard out following a goalmouth scramble.

Nottingham Forest deputy manager David Kelly said:

"It was a brilliant result and we're delighted to have come through a difficult game.

"We created quite a few chances, especially in the first 10-15 minutes and I thought we should have been further away.

"We're not talking about promotion, we really are taking it one game at a time and our biggest focus now is Preston on Wednesday in the FA Cup."

Yeovil boss Gary Johnson said:

"Nobody likes losing matches, but we have to be realistic. We started poorly and gave away a soft goal. It took us a while to get going, but once we started passing it I thought we had them worried.

"In the second half we had a couple of chances and until they got their third goal I thought we had them on the ropes at 2-1 down.

"We've definitely not given up and heads will not drop just yet. All we've got to do is keep learning and the boys have got to believe in themselves."

Line-ups

Nottm Forest

  • 1Darlow
  • 18Jara
  • 13FoxSubstituted forHardingat 62'minutes
  • 6Moussi
  • 16Lascelles
  • 5Collins
  • 12MackieSubstituted forHendersonat 68'minutes
  • 11Reid
  • 31Cox
  • 10Lansbury
  • 21PatersonSubstituted forDjebbourat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Harding
  • 9Henderson
  • 15Halford
  • 19Djebbour
  • 28Majewski
  • 29de Vries
  • 39Abdoun

Yeovil

  • 1Stech
  • 2Ayling
  • 3McAllister
  • 4Edwards
  • 5Webster
  • 15Duffy
  • 23Grant
  • 31Lundstram
  • 9HayterSubstituted forLanzoniat 80'minutes
  • 13Moore
  • 19RallsSubstituted forLawrenceat 40'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Dawson
  • 10Foley
  • 11Lawrence
  • 12Stewart
  • 18Lanzoni
  • 24Dunn
  • 29Morgan
Referee:
Graham Scott
Attendance:
21,393

Match Stats

Home TeamNottm ForestAway TeamYeovil
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home22
Away17
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home9
Away5
Fouls
Home7
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Nottingham Forest 3, Yeovil Town 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Nottingham Forest 3, Yeovil Town 1.
Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Kieffer Moore (Yeovil Town).
Attempt missed. Joe Edwards (Yeovil Town) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Byron Webster with a cross.

Goal!

Goal! Nottingham Forest 3, Yeovil Town 1. Rafik Djebbour (Nottingham Forest) with an attempt from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Simon Cox.
Attempt missed. Simon Cox (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right misses to the left. Assisted by Andy Reid with a cross.
Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Shane Duffy.
Attempt blocked. Andy Reid (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Guy Moussi.
Guy Moussi (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Byron Webster (Yeovil Town).
Offside, Nottingham Forest. Andy Reid tries a through ball, but Darius Henderson is caught offside.
Attempt blocked. Andy Reid (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Guy Moussi with a headed pass.
Attempt missed. Luke Ayling (Yeovil Town) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Tom Lawrence with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Yeovil Town. Conceded by Simon Cox.
Attempt blocked. Jamie McAllister (Yeovil Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Rafik Djebbour (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Shane Duffy (Yeovil Town).
Attempt missed. Tom Lawrence (Yeovil Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.
Foul by Danny Collins (Nottingham Forest).
Byron Webster (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Yeovil Town. Matteo Lanzoni replaces James Hayter.
Attempt missed. Andy Reid (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from long range on the left is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Guy Moussi.
Offside, Nottingham Forest. Danny Collins tries a through ball, but Darius Henderson is caught offside.
Attempt saved. Joe Edwards (Yeovil Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by James Hayter.
Attempt missed. Darius Henderson (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Guy Moussi.
Attempt missed. Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Simon Cox.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Rafik Djebbour replaces Jamie Paterson.
Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Byron Webster.
Darius Henderson (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Byron Webster (Yeovil Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Darius Henderson replaces Jamie Mackie.
Foul by Simon Cox (Nottingham Forest).
Byron Webster (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt blocked. Joe Edwards (Yeovil Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by James Hayter.
Attempt missed. Daniel Harding (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a set piece situation.
Guy Moussi (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Tom Lawrence (Yeovil Town).
Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Shane Duffy.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Daniel Harding replaces Daniel Fox.
Offside, Nottingham Forest. Andy Reid tries a through ball, but Simon Cox is caught offside.
Jamie Paterson (Nottingham Forest) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the left side of the box. Assisted by Andy Reid.
Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Marek Stech.
Attempt saved. Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jamie Paterson.
Attempt missed. Tom Lawrence (Yeovil Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.
Andy Reid (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Joel Grant (Yeovil Town).
Danny Collins (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Joel Grant (Yeovil Town).
Attempt saved. James Hayter (Yeovil Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Luke Ayling with a cross.
Corner, Yeovil Town. Conceded by Henri Lansbury.
Corner, Yeovil Town. Conceded by Danny Collins.

Second Half

Second Half begins Nottingham Forest 2, Yeovil Town 1.

Half Time

First Half ends, Nottingham Forest 2, Yeovil Town 1.
Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Jamie McAllister.
Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Byron Webster.
Guy Moussi (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by James Hayter (Yeovil Town).
Attempt missed. Jamie Mackie (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.
Foul by Jamie Mackie (Nottingham Forest).
Joe Edwards (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.
goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Leicester2921352466
2QPR2816841656
3Burnley28141131953
4Derby2915771752
5Nottm Forest28131141750
6Reading2913881447
7Ipswich2911108943
8Blackburn291199242
9Brighton2810108540
10Wigan271179340
11Leeds2811611439
12Middlesbrough299119638
13Watford278109534
14Huddersfield289712-134
15Bournemouth289712-1334
16Blackpool298912-1433
17Sheff Wed276129030
18Birmingham287912-330
19Doncaster297814-1829
20Bolton2861012-1328
21Millwall286814-2626
22Charlton275913-1324
23Barnsley274914-2021
24Yeovil275517-2020
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