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Charlton 2-1 Nottingham Forest

Frederic Bulot
Frederic Bulot has now scored six goals this season

Nottingham Forest lost for the first time under new manager Dougie Freedman as Frederic Bulot scored twice to earn a narrow win for Charlton.

The Gabon international opened the scoring early on with a 20-yard free-kick after Tony Watt was brought down.

Michail Antonio equalised on 14 when he cut inside from the left and fired a low shot past Stephen Henderson.

But Bulot turned in a Lawrie Wilson centre before the break to register a fourth win in five games.

It was Forest's first defeat of the calendar year and is a setback to their slim hopes of a late play-off challenge, with Freedman's side now 11 points off the play-off places.

They face top-of-the-table Middlesbrough and Leeds in their next two games.

The visitors had several chances to go in at the break on level terms as Antonio caused several problems for Henderson - but Bulot was the more clinical marksman.

Ben Osborn was only just wide with a long-range effort as Forest worked hard to find another equaliser in the second half, although the home side came closest to scoring again when Karl Darlow saved a Yoni Buyens shot.

Charlton manager Guy Luzon:

"When I arrived at the club the only target was to stay in the league.

"I am happy that we are now out of the war at the bottom of the league. Our target for the rest of the season is to get points from every game and enjoy our football.

"We showed not only quality but a lot of character. In football character is very important because in the last two weeks we have played every three days and it is not easy for the players.

"We are not fresh like we were two weeks ago."

Nottingham Forest boss Dougie Freedman:

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Freedman on Charlton v Forest

"I never thought the play-offs were a possibility. I thought we were always too far away from it.

"I've played in this division and managed in it and to win five games out of six, the effort physically and mentally that we've shown just caught up with us.

"The players showed great commitment and gave it everything they had right to the end against a decent Charlton side that was well-organised."

Line-ups

Charlton

  • 1Henderson
  • 2WilsonSubstituted forBikey Amougouat 45'minutes
  • 3Gomez
  • 12Diarra
  • 21Fox
  • 11HarriottSubstituted forEaglesat 45'minutes
  • 17Buyens
  • 24Cousins
  • 8Bulot
  • 14VetokeleSubstituted forLepointat 88'minutes
  • 32Watt

Substitutes

  • 6Bikey Amougou
  • 9Eagles
  • 18Church
  • 31Lennon
  • 36Dmitrovic
  • 40Lepoint
  • 43Ahearne-Grant

Nottm Forest

  • 1Darlow
  • 2LichajBooked at 90mins
  • 16LascellesBooked at 6mins
  • 5Collins
  • 13Fox
  • 22GardnerSubstituted forVaughanat 66'minutes
  • 27Burke
  • 10LansburyBooked at 32minsSubstituted forVeldwijkat 80'minutes
  • 38Osborn
  • 18AntonioBooked at 90mins
  • 7FryattSubstituted forBlackstockat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Mancienne
  • 6Wilson
  • 14Veldwijk
  • 21Paterson
  • 23Blackstock
  • 24Vaughan
  • 29de Vries
Referee:
Simon Hooper
Attendance:
14,937

Match Stats

Home TeamCharltonAway TeamNottm Forest
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home12
Away14
Shots on Target
Home6
Away5
Corners
Home1
Away6
Fouls
Home10
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Charlton Athletic 2, Nottingham Forest 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Charlton Athletic 2, Nottingham Forest 1.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Joseph Gomez.

David Vaughan (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Frédéric Bulot (Charlton Athletic).

Booking

Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest).

Tony Watt (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Booking

Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest).

Tony Watt (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest).

Tony Watt (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest).

Jordan Cousins (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt blocked. Tony Watt (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Frédéric Bulot (Charlton Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Christophe Lepoint.

Attempt saved. Tony Watt (Charlton Athletic) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Christophe Lepoint with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Christophe Lepoint replaces Igor Vetokele because of an injury.

Attempt saved. Yoni Buyens (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Chris Burke (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Chris Eagles (Charlton Athletic).

Attempt saved. Chris Burke (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Chris Eagles (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Foul by Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest).

Jordan Cousins (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Lars Veldwijk replaces Henri Lansbury.

Attempt blocked. Chris Burke (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Daniel Fox.

Foul by Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest).

Jordan Cousins (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. André Bikey (Charlton Athletic) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Frédéric Bulot with a cross following a set piece situation.

Foul by Danny Collins (Nottingham Forest).

Igor Vetokele (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Dexter Blackstock tries a through ball, but Michail Antonio is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from long range on the left is blocked. Assisted by Ben Osborn.

Chris Burke (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Yoni Buyens (Charlton Athletic).

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Dexter Blackstock replaces Matty Fryatt.

David Vaughan (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Igor Vetokele (Charlton Athletic).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Middlesbrough35199753242966
2Derby35198866372965
3Watford352051070422865
4Bournemouth35189869383163
5Norwich34188866372962
6Brentford351941257451261
7Ipswich34179854361860
8Wolves35169104842657
9Nottm Forest351311115750750
10Sheff Wed341113103032-246
11Blackburn341112114344-145
12Charlton351015103944-545
13Cardiff351111134246-444
14Birmingham341012123950-1142
15Huddersfield35119154560-1542
16Leeds34118153645-941
17Bolton35118164354-1141
18Reading35118163753-1641
19Brighton35913134043-340
20Fulham35116184659-1339
21Rotherham35813143553-1837
22Millwall35710183056-2631
23Wigan34610183147-1628
24Blackpool34410202968-3922
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