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Blackburn Rovers 3-3 Nottingham Forest

Blackburn's Rudy Gestede
Rudy Gestede has now scored 19 goals this season after a hat-trick

Blackburn striker Rudy Gestede scored a hat-trick of headers but Rovers had to settle for a draw after Nottingham Forest fought back three times.

Gestede put the hosts in front in the third minute after a mistake in the Forest defence before Michail Antonio's header made it 1-1 shortly after.

Rovers took the lead for a second time through Gestede only for Henri Lansbury to level before the break.

The Benin international headed his third before Antonio scored again.

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Freedman on Blackburn v Nottingham Forest

The game seemingly had little riding on it with both teams unable to reach the play-offs but it proved to be anything but dull.

Gestede, back in the starting line-up after coming off the bench in Tuesday's 2-2 draw with Birmingham City, scored his 17th of the season after a breakdown in communication between Forest defender Jamaal Lascelles and goalkeeper Karl Darlow allowed him to head home.

The lead was short-lived as Modou Barrow crossed for Antonio to head home from 12 yards four minutes later.

Barrow then curled narrowly over and Lansbury forced a good save from Simon Eastwood before Gestede scored his second with a powerful header from Craig Conway's cross.

Former Arsenal man Lansbury equalised for the visitors in the final minute of the first half after fine work from Antonio.

Ben Marshall's header came back off the crossbar before Gestede notched his second hat-trick of the season with another header.

It was not enough though as Antonio smashed home his 15th goal of 2014-15 from 25 yards with two minutes remaining.

Blackburn boss Gary Bowyer: "To score three goals and not be talking about an impressive win, you have to understand my frustration and disappointment, especially having gone through similar on Tuesday night.

"If I was Rudy Gestede, I'd be absolutely fuming with my team-mates because I've scored a hat-trick and we aren't talking about how that hat-trick won us the game.

"To score late on and be 3-2 up, it's a case of seeing the game out. That's when you need people to stand up there and see the game out."

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman: "We were too hot to handle today. The spirit is there, the quality is there - we just need to make sure we're better in both boxes.

"Our play today, you've seen it was fantastic. We controlled the game, possession-wise. These so-called experts and the way they talk about possession doesn't interest me. I only rely on chances because if we're creating chances, we'll win games."

Line-ups

Blackburn

  • 13Eastwood
  • 2Henley
  • 3Spurr
  • 4Kilgallon
  • 14Olsson
  • 32Conway
  • 10Cairney
  • 17WilliamsonBooked at 90mins
  • 12MarshallSubstituted forTaylorat 90+1'minutes
  • 11Rhodes
  • 39Gestede

Substitutes

  • 9Brown
  • 18O'Sullivan
  • 21Taylor
  • 25Spearing
  • 26Lenihan
  • 29Evans
  • 30Steele

Nottm Forest

  • 1Darlow
  • 2Lichaj
  • 16Lascelles
  • 25Hobbs
  • 13FoxSubstituted forMancienneat 71'minutes
  • 22Gardner
  • 10Lansbury
  • 24VaughanBooked at 62mins
  • 19BarrowSubstituted forBurkeat 78'minutes
  • 23BlackstockSubstituted forAkpomat 89'minutes
  • 18Antonio

Substitutes

  • 4Mancienne
  • 21Paterson
  • 26Evtimov
  • 27Burke
  • 31Akpom
  • 34Walker
  • 38Osborn
Referee:
Andy Haines
Attendance:
13,876

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackburnAway TeamNottm Forest
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home12
Away21
Shots on Target
Home4
Away9
Corners
Home3
Away1
Fouls
Home7
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 3, Nottingham Forest 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 3, Nottingham Forest 3.

Chuba Akpom (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers).

Foul by Jamaal Lascelles (Nottingham Forest).

Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Gary Gardner tries a through ball, but Chuba Akpom is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Paul Taylor replaces Ben Marshall.

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

Foul by Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers).

Booking

Lee Williamson (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Lee Williamson (Blackburn Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Chuba Akpom replaces Dexter Blackstock.

Goal!

Goal! Blackburn Rovers 3, Nottingham Forest 3. Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner.

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Eric Lichaj tries a through ball, but Michail Antonio is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Gary Gardner (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Michael Mancienne with a cross.

Goal!

Goal! Blackburn Rovers 3, Nottingham Forest 2. Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) header from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ben Marshall with a cross.

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Eric Lichaj tries a through ball, but Dexter Blackstock is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Chris Burke replaces Modou Barrow.

Attempt missed. Modou Barrow (Nottingham Forest) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by David Vaughan with a cross.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Matthew Kilgallon.

Attempt blocked. Dexter Blackstock (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Modou Barrow.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Michael Mancienne replaces Daniel Fox because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Gary Gardner (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left from a direct free kick.

Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Thomas Spurr (Blackburn Rovers).

Attempt saved. Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Michail Antonio.

Modou Barrow (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Markus Olsson (Blackburn Rovers).

Attempt missed. Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right.

Attempt saved. Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Henri Lansbury.

Attempt missed. Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Craig Conway with a cross.

Booking

David Vaughan (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by David Vaughan (Nottingham Forest).

Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Henri Lansbury tries a through ball, but Dexter Blackstock is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Lee Williamson (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Adam Henley.

Attempt blocked. Markus Olsson (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from long range on the left is blocked.

goal

As It Stood

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2Bournemouth442412892454784
3Middlesbrough442591065333284
4Norwich4424101083453882
5Derby4421131082503276
6Ipswich4421121168501875
7Brentford442191473591472
8Wolves4420121265541172
9Blackburn431515135955460
10Charlton441418125456-260
11Nottm Forest441514156965459
12Sheff Wed441417134146-559
13Cardiff441414165258-656
14Birmingham431315155164-1354
15Huddersfield441314175673-1753
16Leeds441410204860-1252
17Bolton441312195463-951
18Fulham441310215676-2049
19Reading421211194464-2047
20Brighton441016184452-846
21Rotherham431014194365-2244
22Millwall43913213767-3040
23Wigan44912233960-2139
24Blackpool44413273488-5425
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