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Nottingham Forest 1-0 Preston North End

Nelson Oliveira
Nelson Oliveira has scored nine goals in 28 Championship appearances this season

Nelson Oliveira's ninth goal of the season was enough to earn victory over Preston North End and halt Nottingham Forest's four-game losing streak.

The on-loan Benfica striker finished off a fine counter attack to score into an empty net before the break.

Ryan Mendes should have made it 2-0 but headed Chris Cohen's free-kick over the bar and also fired an effort wide.

Preston, who stay 10th, four points above Forest in 13th, almost levelled through Jordan Hugill's header.

However, he was denied by Reds keeper Dorus De Vries, who made a superb low diving stop to scoop the ball off the line.

And although Mendes missed another chance that would have avoided a nervy finale, the hosts were able to see out a victory which takes them to within 11 points of the play-off places.

Nottingham Forest boss Dougie Freedman:

"I am very pleased - I thought we deserved to win.

"We could have scored a few more, we created a few chances, although it was a bit nervy towards the end and credit to Preston for that.

"I thought we threatened their goal all night from start to finish, but we had to make sure we got the win after four defeats and we did that."

Preston boss Simon Grayson:

"There wasn't much in the first half, I thought we looked quite comfortable and they didn't threaten us too often.

"We were unfortunate for the goal - they broke quickly on the counter and before you know it the ball's in the net.

"We changed it at half-time to give us a bit of a threat going forward because we have to try and win games at this stage of the season."

Line-ups

Nottm Forest

  • 1de Vries
  • 2Lichaj
  • 5Mills
  • 4MancienneBooked at 45mins
  • 8CohenSubstituted forJokicat 72'minutes
  • 15Mendes da GraçaBooked at 33minsSubstituted forVaughanat 83'minutes
  • 22Gardner
  • 32TescheBooked at 66mins
  • 38Osborn
  • 29O'Grady
  • 17OliveiraSubstituted forGrantat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Jokic
  • 6Wilson
  • 24Vaughan
  • 26Evtimov
  • 37Grant
  • 41McDonagh
  • 44Petravicius

Preston

  • 1Lindegaard
  • 15Woods
  • 5Clarke
  • 23HuntingtonBooked at 90mins
  • 6WrightSubstituted forRobinsonat 45'minutes
  • 3Cunningham
  • 11JohnsonBooked at 56mins
  • 4Pearson
  • 12GallagherSubstituted forDoyleat 77'minutes
  • 32Reach
  • 14GarnerBooked at 39minsSubstituted forHugillat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Vermijl
  • 13Doyle
  • 19Welsh
  • 25Hugill
  • 30Smith
  • 37Robinson
  • 43Kirkland
Referee:
Mark Brown
Attendance:
16,747

Match Stats

Home TeamNottm ForestAway TeamPreston
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home15
Away14
Shots on Target
Home4
Away6
Corners
Home3
Away8
Fouls
Home14
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Nottingham Forest 1, Preston North End 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Nottingham Forest 1, Preston North End 0.

Matt Mills (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jordan Hugill (Preston North End).

Attempt blocked. Chris O'Grady (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Calum Woods (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Matt Mills.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by David Vaughan.

Booking

Paul Huntington (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Paul Huntington (Preston North End).

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Daniel Johnson.

Attempt blocked. Gary Gardner (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris O'Grady.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. David Vaughan replaces Ryan Mendes.

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Chris O'Grady tries a through ball, but Robert Tesche is caught offside.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Dorus de Vries.

Attempt saved. Adam Reach (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Callum Robinson.

Attempt missed. Gary Gardner (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Eric Lichaj.

Attempt missed. Jordan Hugill (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Calum Woods with a cross.

Attempt missed. Ryan Mendes (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Eoin Doyle replaces Paul Gallagher.

Attempt missed. Calum Woods (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Jorge Grant replaces Nélson Oliveira because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Bojan Jokic replaces Chris Cohen.

Delay in match Nélson Oliveira (Nottingham Forest) because of an injury.

Attempt blocked. Callum Robinson (Preston North End) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Jordan Hugill (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Calum Woods with a cross.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Michael Mancienne.

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Nélson Oliveira tries a through ball, but Ryan Mendes is caught offside.

Booking

Robert Tesche (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Robert Tesche (Nottingham Forest).

Greg Cunningham (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Tom Clarke.

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

Attempt saved. Jordan Hugill (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Adam Reach with a cross.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Michael Mancienne.

Foul by Chris O'Grady (Nottingham Forest).

Paul Huntington (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Callum Robinson (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Calum Woods.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burnley362011557292871
2Middlesbrough35207847212667
3Brighton361714549341565
4Hull34197848202864
5Derby361612847321560
6Sheff Wed361414850361456
7Cardiff36141394740755
8Ipswich351510104442255
9Birmingham35159114034654
10Preston361213113333049
11QPR361114114342147
12Wolves361210144550-546
13Nottm Forest351112123331245
14Reading351111134141044
15Leeds351014113440-644
16Blackburn351013123532343
17Brentford35127164855-743
18Huddersfield36119164749-242
19Fulham36813155561-637
20Bristol City36910173257-2537
21MK Dons3699183048-1836
22Rotherham36105214059-1935
23Charlton36611193266-3429
24Bolton36414183560-2526
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