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Blackburn0Nottm Forest0

Blackburn Rovers 0-0 Nottingham Forest

Ben Marshall shoots
Ben Marshall's shot came back off the crossbar for Blackburn

Blackburn Rovers extended their unbeaten Championship run to eight games as they were held to a goalless draw by Nottingham Forest.

Rovers went closest in the first half when Ben Marshall's deflected shot came back off the bar.

Fode Koita headed another excellent chance straight at Forest keeper Dorus de Vries after the break.

Matt Mills was denied a Forest winner in stoppage time when his header was pushed on to the post by Jason Steele.

The Rovers keeper's save to preserve a point means his side remain 11th in the table and unbeaten under new boss Paul Lambert, while Forest stay 15th after extending their own unbeaten run to four matches.

Blackburn enjoyed the better of the first half and saw Hope Akpan and Jordan Rhodes both miss chances before Marshall's half-volley took a slight deflection and came back off the underside of the bar.

However, the second half was a more even affair and neither side were able to create an opening of note until French forward Koita fired over from 30 yards before directing a free header straight at De Vries.

Steele pulled off a routine save at his near post to deny Ben Osborn but in the second of eight minutes of injury time instinctively threw out his right hand to brilliantly keep out Mills' header from Henri Lansbury's corner.

Blackburn manager Paul Lambert: "I thought we should have had more. The first half was the best 45 minutes since I've been here.

"We should have been a couple of goals up, we had Ben Marshall's shot that hit the bar and I thought Jordan Rhodes was really unlucky with his header.

"We dominated the game against a good side so from that point of view I'm delighted with the effort. Taking 11 points from 15 is a massive return and I can't fault the lads for the way they are playing and the effort they have given.

"We tired before the end but that is normal playing two games in three days, but that was a big effort. A point in this league can be big at times."

Nottingham Forest boss Dougie Freedman: "I'm so pleased. The resilience of the defending and the picking up of second balls in the first half was exactly what we needed.

"I thought we coped very well against a physical, direct Blackburn side.

"In the second half we came out, we started passing the ball a little bit better and created one or two opportunities. But for a wonderful save, we would have won the game. I'm very, very pleased with what I've seen tonight."

Fode Koita heads over
Fode Koita headed over Blackburn's best chance of the second half
Jason Steele saves Matt Mills' header
Jason Steele saved from Matt Mills in stoppage time to earn Blackburn a point
Alan Shearer
Former Blackburn striker Alan Shearer was at Ewood Park after having a road in the town named after him earlier on Monday

Line-ups

Blackburn

  • 30Steele
  • 2Henley
  • 22Duffy
  • 5Hanley
  • 14OlssonBooked at 57mins
  • 32Conway
  • 23GuthrieBooked at 46minsSubstituted forEvansat 65'minutes
  • 21AkpanSubstituted forWilliamsonat 83'minutes
  • 10MarshallSubstituted forTaylorat 74'minutes
  • 8KoitaBooked at 59mins
  • 11Rhodes

Substitutes

  • 3Spurr
  • 4Kilgallon
  • 13Eastwood
  • 16Lawrence
  • 17Williamson
  • 19Taylor
  • 29Evans

Nottm Forest

  • 1de Vries
  • 2Lichaj
  • 5Mills
  • 4MancienneBooked at 18mins
  • 31Pinillos
  • 10Lansbury
  • 32TescheBooked at 43mins
  • 19Ward
  • 20WilliamsSubstituted forOliveiraat 57'minutes
  • 38Osborn
  • 23BlackstockSubstituted forO'Gradyat 88'minutes

Substitutes

  • 17Oliveira
  • 18Trotter
  • 24Vaughan
  • 25Hobbs
  • 26Evtimov
  • 29O'Grady
  • 35Burke
Referee:
Chris Kavanagh
Attendance:
12,002

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackburnAway TeamNottm Forest
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home10
Away9
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home8
Away1
Fouls
Home9
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 0, Nottingham Forest 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 0, Nottingham Forest 0.

Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest).

Attempt saved. Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest) with an attempt from very close range is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Matt Mills.

Attempt missed. Matt Mills (Nottingham Forest) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Henri Lansbury with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Corry Evans.

Foul by Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers).

Jamie Ward (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

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

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Lee Williamson (Blackburn Rovers) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Lee Williamson replaces Hope Akpan.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Matt Mills.

Attempt missed. Jamie Ward (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ben Osborn with a cross following a set piece situation.

Attempt blocked. Jamie Ward (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Hope Akpan (Blackburn Rovers).

Ben Osborn (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Bangaly-Fodé Koita (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from long range on the right is blocked. Assisted by Adam Henley.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Chris Taylor replaces Ben Marshall.

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

Attempt saved. Bangaly-Fodé Koita (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Corry Evans with a cross.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Daniel Pinillos.

Attempt missed. Ben Osborn (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Nélson Oliveira.

Foul by Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers).

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

Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ben Osborn (Nottingham Forest).

Attempt missed. Bangaly-Fodé Koita (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Corry Evans.

Markus Olsson (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jamie Ward (Nottingham Forest).

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Corry Evans replaces Danny Guthrie.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Michael Mancienne.

Booking

Bangaly-Fodé Koita (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Bangaly-Fodé Koita (Blackburn Rovers).

Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Nélson Oliveira (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Robert Tesche.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Nélson Oliveira replaces Jonathan Williams.

Booking

Markus Olsson (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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As It Stood

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1Brighton20119029181142
2Middlesbrough20124429121740
3Hull20115429131638
4Derby20108228131538
5Burnley209832619735
6Ipswich208752927231
7Cardiff207942420430
8Sheff Wed207942724330
9Birmingham208572522329
10Brentford208572827129
11Blackburn2161052218428
12Reading207672623327
13QPR207672425-127
14Wolves206772525025
15Nottm Forest216782020025
16Preston205961616024
17Fulham205873335-223
18Leeds205871822-423
19Bristol City204792033-1319
20Huddersfield2046102030-1018
21Charlton2045111732-1517
22MK Dons2044121527-1216
23Rotherham2043132236-1415
24Bolton2019101429-1512
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