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Nottingham Forest 1-2 Millwall

Millwall's Scott Malone (left) is congratulated by team-mates after his goal at Nottingham Forest

Nottingham Forest's play-off hopes suffered a setback with defeat by a Millwall side whose victory helped their battle against relegation.

Scott Malone put Millwall in front with a shot from the edge of the area which seemed to take a slight deflection.

Lee Martin cut in from the left and scored with a low curling shot to extend the visiting side's lead.

Jamie Paterson flicked in a header to pull one back for the home side but the Lions held on.

Gary Brazil

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Victory was their first in six Championship games, but was not enough to move them out of the bottom three.

Millwall, in 23rd, are still two points adrift of Charlton, who hold the first position of safety and have two games in hand on Ian Holloway's men.

Forest, being managed by Gary Brazil until Stuart Pearce takes over on 1 July, are five points adrift of the play-offs after a 10th successive league game without a win.

Millwall's game plan was to stifle Forest and hit them on the break, and it was an approach that worked perfectly during a one-sided first half.

The visitors took the lead when striker Stefan Maierhofer fed Malone, whose low shot beat keeper Karl Darlow at his near post, seemingly with the aid of a slight deflection.

Millwall struck again six minutes before the break as Martin punished a Forest side who were yet to mount a threat.

The home side did pull a goal back when Dan Harding crossed for Paterson to head in, but they could not find an equaliser.

Gary Brazil, Nottingham Forest caretaker manager:

"I did not see that first-half performance coming. The players have been in a positive frame of mind, following the display at Ipswich. But after 20 minutes today you could see we looked nothing like that.

"We did not want to earn the right to play. We did not want to do the scruffy side of the game. We didn't win headers, we didn't win tackles, we did not stop them from playing the way they wanted to."

Ian Holloway, Millwall manager:

"It was a vital win, we just need more of the same in the remaining games now.

"I picked a different team this week but that team got beaten in training by the ones I didn't pick. I wasn't very happy, so I made five or six changes to that team, to include some players who had confidence.

"The crowd got behind them in the second half and we hardly got a decision out of the referee. But we got the win."

Line-ups

Nottm Forest

  • 1Darlow
  • 18Jara
  • 3Harding
  • 37PeltierBooked at 90mins
  • 15HalfordSubstituted forWilsonat 40'minutes
  • 5Collins
  • 21Paterson
  • 14GreeningBooked at 50minsSubstituted forHendersonat 69'minutes
  • 12Mackie
  • 28MajewskiSubstituted forLansburyat 45'minutesBooked at 77mins
  • 38Osborn

Substitutes

  • 9Henderson
  • 10Lansbury
  • 22Wilson
  • 27Derbyshire
  • 29de Vries
  • 31Cox
  • 32Gomis

Millwall

  • 1Forde
  • 44EdwardsSubstituted forRobinsonat 79'minutes
  • 28Malone
  • 15Upson
  • 2Dunne
  • 16Beevers
  • 13L Martin
  • 10BaileySubstituted forMcDonaldat 72'minutes
  • 42MaierhoferBooked at 59minsSubstituted forMorisonat 61'minutesBooked at 72mins
  • 29Garvan
  • 11Woolford

Substitutes

  • 5Robinson
  • 9Morison
  • 17Williams
  • 19Jackson
  • 26Abdou
  • 27McDonald
  • 43Bywater
Referee:
Mark Brown
Attendance:
20,077

Match Stats

Home TeamNottm ForestAway TeamMillwall
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home6
Away10
Shots on Target
Home1
Away5
Corners
Home2
Away4
Fouls
Home14
Away19

Live Text

Match ends, Nottingham Forest 1, Millwall 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Nottingham Forest 1, Millwall 2.

Booking

Lee Peltier (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Lee Peltier (Nottingham Forest).

Edward Upson (Millwall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Hand ball by Scott McDonald (Millwall).

Attempt missed. Martyn Woolford (Millwall) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Foul by Ben Osborn (Nottingham Forest).

Scott McDonald (Millwall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left misses to the left. Assisted by Ben Osborn following a set piece situation.

Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Owen Garvan (Millwall).

Foul by Danny Collins (Nottingham Forest).

Steve Morison (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Dangerous play by Mark Beevers (Millwall).

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Alan Dunne.

Attempt missed. Darius Henderson (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Gonzalo Jara with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Millwall. Paul Robinson replaces Carlos Edwards.

Foul by Darius Henderson (Nottingham Forest).

Alan Dunne (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest).

Martyn Woolford (Millwall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Edward Upson (Millwall) right footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the left.

Kelvin Wilson (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Steve Morison (Millwall).

Hand ball by Carlos Edwards (Millwall).

Substitution

Substitution, Millwall. Scott McDonald replaces Nicky Bailey.

Booking

Steve Morison (Millwall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Danny Collins (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Steve Morison (Millwall).

Attempt missed. Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner from a direct free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Darius Henderson replaces Jonathan Greening.

Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Alan Dunne (Millwall).

Kelvin Wilson (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Steve Morison (Millwall).

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Karl Darlow.

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