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Nottingham Forest 3-1 Yeovil Town

Nottingham Forest

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.

goal

As It Stood

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3Burnley281411342231953
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7Ipswich29111084132943
8Blackburn2911993735242
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10Wigan2711793027340
11Leeds28116114137439
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13Watford2781094035534
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16Blackpool2989122741-1433
17Sheff Wed2761293434030
18Birmingham2879123437-330
19Doncaster2978142644-1829
20Bolton28610123245-1328
21Millwall2868142854-2626
22Charlton2759132336-1324
23Barnsley2749142545-2021
24Yeovil2755172444-2020
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