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Nottingham Forest 1-2 Bristol City

Jonathan Kodjia
Jonathan Kodjia, who had gone 10 games without a league goal, has now scored three in his last three matches

Aden Flint's second-half header helped lowly Bristol City to an impressive victory at Nottingham Forest.

Dougie Freedman's side, who have now lost their last three games, went ahead when midfielder Ben Osborn fired a low shot past goalkeeper Richard O'Donnell.

But Jonathan Kodjia tapped the visitors level after Joe Bryan's effort had come back off the post.

And City, who struck the woodwork again through Nathan Baker, completed the turnaround thanks to Flint's header.

The Robins had seen their 100% start under new head coach Lee Johnson emphatically ended by Brighton on Tuesday, but victory at the City Ground was their fourth in five games and maintains the eight-point gap to the relegation zone.

Forest, who had gone 13 Championship matches unbeaten prior to recent defeats by Huddersfield and Burnley, have now slipped to 13th in the table.

It had looked as though that blip was coming to end when Osborn, named Football League Young Player of the Month for January, scored his second of the season to put them ahead.

But Kodjia's strike moments before half-time and Flint's near-post header with 20 minutes left secured victory for City, who had not overturned a deficit to win since the final day of last season.

Nottingham Forest boss Dougie Freedman:

"The performance was good, in the first hour in particular. We deserved the lead and we had chances to make it a bigger lead.

"It was a setback losing Jamie Ward to injury and then to lose the goal just before half time, when the ball bounced back off the post right to their player.

"We started the second half very well. But the issue was that we made the wrong decisions in front of goal. In the end, we lost our discipline when we were chasing the game. On top of that, if you concede goals from set pieces then you are going to lose games.

"We played some good stuff but we have to work on our end product. The bottom line is that I do not like losing matches and we will address that."

Bristol City head coach Lee Johnson:

"It is important for us to get a win after a poor result. We were up against a good side, but we showed that we can compete.

"If you look at the game as a whole, we could have won by a couple more, because we had the chances. There were some outstanding performances out there, particularly from some of the younger players.

"There were some really good individual performances but, in the end, this was about us as a team and we have come out with a really good performance and a really good win.

"We will only get better, as time goes on. We will only improve."

Line-ups

Nottm Forest

  • 1de Vries
  • 2Lichaj
  • 5Mills
  • 4Mancienne
  • 3Jokic
  • 8CohenBooked at 49mins
  • 32TescheSubstituted forMendes da Graçaat 74'minutes
  • 24VaughanSubstituted forGardnerat 68'minutes
  • 38Osborn
  • 19WardSubstituted forWalkerat 19'minutes
  • 17Oliveira

Substitutes

  • 15Mendes da Graça
  • 22Gardner
  • 23Blackstock
  • 25Hobbs
  • 26Evtimov
  • 34Walker
  • 37Grant

Bristol City

  • 12O'Donnell
  • 2Little
  • 4Flint
  • 17Baker
  • 13Golbourne
  • 15Freeman
  • 21Pack
  • 23Bryan
  • 9TomlinSubstituted forWagstaffat 74'minutes
  • 14ReidSubstituted forAgardat 90+3'minutes
  • 22KodjiaSubstituted forWilbrahamat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Fielding
  • 3Williams
  • 10Agard
  • 11Wagstaff
  • 16Pearce
  • 18Wilbraham
  • 25Vyner
Referee:
David Webb
Attendance:
20,551

Match Stats

Home TeamNottm ForestAway TeamBristol City
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home10
Away22
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home1
Away6
Fouls
Home7
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Nottingham Forest 1, Bristol City 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Nottingham Forest 1, Bristol City 2.

Attempt blocked. Matt Mills (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Nélson Oliveira.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Kieran Agard replaces Bobby Reid.

Attempt saved. Scott Wagstaff (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Bobby Reid.

Foul by Bojan Jokic (Nottingham Forest).

Scott Wagstaff (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Gary Gardner (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Joe Bryan (Bristol City).

Nélson Oliveira (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Nathan Baker (Bristol City).

Ben Osborn (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Mark Little (Bristol City).

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Aaron Wilbraham replaces Jonathan Kodjia.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Gary Gardner.

Attempt blocked. Marlon Pack (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Bobby Reid (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Scott Wagstaff.

Attempt blocked. Jonathan Kodjia (Bristol City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Jonathan Kodjia (Bristol City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mark Little.

Attempt missed. Jonathan Kodjia (Bristol City) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Foul by Gary Gardner (Nottingham Forest).

Bobby Reid (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Offside, Bristol City. Bobby Reid tries a through ball, but Jonathan Kodjia is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Ryan Mendes replaces Robert Tesche.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Scott Wagstaff replaces Lee Tomlin.

Goal!

Goal! Nottingham Forest 1, Bristol City 2. Aden Flint (Bristol City) header from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Luke Freeman with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Bojan Jokic.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Gary Gardner replaces David Vaughan.

Nathan Baker (Bristol City) hits the left post with a left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left. Assisted by Luke Freeman with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Michael Mancienne.

Attempt saved. Jonathan Kodjia (Bristol City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Luke Freeman with a cross.

Hand ball by Nélson Oliveira (Nottingham Forest).

Attempt missed. Marlon Pack (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Scott Golbourne.

Attempt missed. Luke Freeman (Bristol City) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by David Vaughan.

Attempt blocked. Marlon Pack (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Luke Freeman.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Aden Flint.

Attempt blocked. Nélson Oliveira (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ben Osborn.

Booking

Chris Cohen (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card.

Chris Cohen (Nottingham Forest) has gone down, but that's a dive.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burnley341811553272665
2Hull33197748192964
3Middlesbrough32197644172764
4Brighton331612545341160
5Derby341512745301557
6Sheff Wed341413750351555
7Cardiff34131384538752
8Birmingham33149103932751
9Ipswich33149104140151
10Preston341212103332148
11QPR341014104140144
12Reading331110123836243
13Wolves341110134247-543
14Brentford34127154753-643
15Nottm Forest331012113230242
16Huddersfield34109154446-239
17Leeds32814103035-538
18Blackburn32813113130137
19Bristol City34910153153-2237
20Fulham34812145156-536
21MK Dons3488182848-2032
22Rotherham3485213859-2129
23Bolton34413173256-2425
24Charlton34510193065-3525
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