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Birmingham City 0-1 Nottingham Forest

Dexter Blackstock
Dexter Blackstock's last goal for Forest was in the 2-1 loss to Cardiff City on the final day of last season

Nottingham Forest moved up to eighth in the Championship as they inflicted a first defeat of the season on Birmingham City at St Andrew's.

In a game of few clear-cut chances, Dexter Blackstock's second-half goal proved to be the difference.

He bundled home from close range after Jamie Ward ended an excellent run with a calm ball across the face of goal.

Demarai Gray's volley wide with 20 minutes left was the closest Birmingham came to an equaliser.

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The result sees Forest draw level with City on 11 points in the Championship, with seventh-placed Birmingham one spot above their opponents by virtue of goal difference.

Birmingham's Jon-Miquel Toral had the only effort worthy of note in the opening half when he shot just over from 16 yards out after Jacques Maghoma lost control of David Cotterill's cross.

But the game came alive after the break, with Clayton Donaldson's 50th-minute header going over the bar after an excellent ball from the right by Cotterill.

The goal came soon after as Ward got beyond Paul Caddis and ended a superb run with a ball which Blackstock converted to get his first goal since the final day of last season.

The visitors then put the shutters up as Birmingham failed to test Dorus De Vries in the Forest goal.

Gray's volley wide of his left post after Cotterill's free-kick fell invitingly to the youngster was the only time the home side worried Dougie Freedman's men.

Birmingham City manager Gary Rowett: "Forest set up to frustrate us and block us out of the game. They used Henri Lansbury in front of the back four in a destructive role which I thought he played really well.

"Sometimes you have to hold up your hands. The most disappointing thing for me was the way we tried to chase the game in the second half.

"We became a little frantic and a little bit too hurried and desperate on the ball and did not show enough quality."

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman: "In the end I don't think Birmingham can complain about the result.

"Over 95 minutes we only gave them one chance and we deserved to win the game.

"There is a long way to go but there are signs there and get the budget right we will get where we want to be in the future."

Line-ups

Birmingham

  • 29Kuszczak
  • 31Caddis
  • 28Morrison
  • 23Spector
  • 3Grounds
  • 8GleesonBooked at 7mins
  • 6KieftenbeldBooked at 84mins
  • 11CotterillBooked at 49minsSubstituted forSolomon-Otaborat 80'minutes
  • 20ToralBooked at 34minsSubstituted forBrock-Madsenat 69'minutes
  • 19MaghomaSubstituted forGrayat 63'minutes
  • 9Donaldson

Substitutes

  • 1Legzdins
  • 4Robinson
  • 7Gray
  • 17Solomon-Otabor
  • 22Shinnie
  • 26Davis
  • 44Brock-Madsen

Nottm Forest

  • 1de Vries
  • 2LichajBooked at 37mins
  • 6Wilson
  • 5Mills
  • 31Pinillos
  • 38Osborn
  • 10Lansbury
  • 14EbecilioSubstituted forVaughanat 77'minutes
  • 27Burke
  • 23BlackstockSubstituted forO'Gradyat 64'minutes
  • 19WardBooked at 56minsSubstituted forMendes da Graçaat 61'minutes

Substitutes

  • 15Mendes da Graça
  • 17Oliveira
  • 24Vaughan
  • 25Hobbs
  • 26Evtimov
  • 29O'Grady
  • 37Grant
Referee:
Mark Heywood
Attendance:
16,604

Match Stats

Home TeamBirminghamAway TeamNottm Forest
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home6
Away13
Shots on Target
Home1
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away6
Fouls
Home11
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Birmingham City 0, Nottingham Forest 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Birmingham City 0, Nottingham Forest 1.

Attempt saved. Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Michael Morrison with a headed pass.

Jonathan Grounds (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ryan Mendes (Nottingham Forest).

Foul by Nicolai Brock-Madsen (Birmingham City).

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

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Michael Morrison.

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Dorus de Vries tries a through ball, but Chris O'Grady is caught offside.

Booking

Maikel Kieftenbeld (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Maikel Kieftenbeld (Birmingham City).

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

Foul by Nicolai Brock-Madsen (Birmingham City).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Viv Solomon-Otabor replaces David Cotterill.

Attempt missed. Ben Osborn (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from more than 35 yards is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Ryan Mendes.

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Ryan Mendes tries a through ball, but Chris Burke is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Ryan Mendes (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Ben Osborn.

Attempt missed. Kelvin Wilson (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ben Osborn with a cross following a corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. David Vaughan replaces Kyle Ebecilio.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Maikel Kieftenbeld.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Henri Lansbury.

Attempt blocked. Matt Mills (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ben Osborn with a cross.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Paul Caddis.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Jonathan Grounds.

Attempt saved. Chris O'Grady (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Chris Burke.

Attempt missed. Demarai Gray (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a set piece situation.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Nicolai Brock-Madsen replaces Jon-Miquel Toral.

David Cotterill (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ryan Mendes (Nottingham Forest).

Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Chris O'Grady (Nottingham Forest).

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Chris O'Grady replaces Dexter Blackstock.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Demarai Gray replaces Jacques Maghoma.

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Ben Osborn tries a through ball, but Ryan Mendes is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Ryan Mendes replaces Jamie Ward because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Jamie Ward (Nottingham Forest) because of an injury.

Offside, Birmingham City. Stephen Gleeson tries a through ball, but Paul Caddis is caught offside.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Eric Lichaj.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Brighton7610115619
2Middlesbrough7421124814
3Burnley7421118314
4Hull7412105513
5Ipswich74121212013
6Cardiff7331107312
7Birmingham6321117411
8Nottm Forest732276111
9QPR63121110110
10Derby724176110
11Reading723210649
12Charlton72328719
13Fulham62229818
14Leeds71517708
15Wolves6213810-27
16MK Dons721468-27
17Bolton714236-37
18Sheff Wed7133710-36
19Preston713347-36
20Huddersfield713359-46
21Brentford6123912-35
22Bristol City7124915-65
23Blackburn603347-33
24Rotherham7025716-92
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