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Nottingham Forest 1-1 Blackburn Rovers

Dexter Blackstock
Striker Dexter Blackstock scored his fourth of the season to give Forest the lead

Nottingham Forest and Blackburn Rovers all but secured their Championship safety after sharing a draw.

Dexter Blackstock put Forest ahead when he broke into the area before Danny Graham chipped over Dorus de Vries before half-time.

Both teams remain nine points clear of third bottom MK Dons, who drew 0-0 at Sheffield Wednesday, and have a vastly inferior goal difference.

Forest are 18 goals clear of MK Dons with Blackburn 22 goals clear.

The hosts' lead lasted only seven minutes to deny caretaker boss Paul Williams victory, as Forest's winless run stretched to eight games.

Home supporters were cheered by the sight of a 10-minute cameo from the returning Britt Assombalonga - his first outing in 14 months after a knee injury - but they left largely frustrated as their lack of a cutting edge cost them again.

Blackstock got a helping hand from Hope Akpan's sloppy pass 35 yards from goal, raced forward and hit a rather tame-looking shot past Jason Steele, who could only help it on its way into the net.

But Steele twice denied Henri Lansbury, with the Forest skipper also skimming the crossbar from distance.

Nottingham Forest caretaker boss Paul Williams:

"We created lots of chances and in the second half, only one team wanted to win the game. On another day we would have scored two or three more goals.

"We're getting there in the style of football we want to play with the lads we've got.

"I'm not frustrated, I'm pleased with the way the lads played tonight. With a bit more luck, the goals will start to come."

Blackburn manager Paul Lambert:

"It is a great place to come and play, the pitch is fantastic and I thought a draw was fair.

"We dominated the ball in the first half and there was a lot of plusses tonight.

"We hit the bar, they hit the bar and there wasn't really much in it."

Line-ups

Nottm Forest

  • 1de Vries
  • 2Lichaj
  • 5MillsBooked at 49mins
  • 13Fox
  • 3Jokic
  • 32TescheSubstituted forAssombalongaat 84'minutes
  • 22GardnerBooked at 76mins
  • 15Mendes da GraçaSubstituted forBurkeat 73'minutes
  • 10Lansbury
  • 38Osborn
  • 23Blackstock

Substitutes

  • 8Cohen
  • 9Assombalonga
  • 24Vaughan
  • 26Evtimov
  • 29O'Grady
  • 35Burke
  • 42Worrall

Blackburn

  • 30Steele
  • 6Lowe
  • 15Ward
  • 5Hanley
  • 4Kilgallon
  • 21AkpanSubstituted forJordi Gómezat 79'minutes
  • 29EvansBooked at 75mins
  • 26LenihanBooked at 76mins
  • 28MahoneySubstituted forBennettat 71'minutes
  • 12GrahamBooked at 42minsSubstituted forBrownat 84'minutes
  • 10Marshall

Substitutes

  • 9Brown
  • 14Jordi Gómez
  • 17Williamson
  • 22Duffy
  • 31Bennett
  • 33Raya
  • 35Jackson
Referee:
Chris Kavanagh
Attendance:
16,449

Match Stats

Home TeamNottm ForestAway TeamBlackburn
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home15
Away10
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away2
Fouls
Home7
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Nottingham Forest 1, Blackburn Rovers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Nottingham Forest 1, Blackburn Rovers 1.

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

Foul by Chris Brown (Blackburn Rovers).

Attempt missed. Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right.

Attempt blocked. Ben Osborn (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Britt Assombalonga.

Attempt missed. Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Ben Osborn following a set piece situation.

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

Foul by Jason Lowe (Blackburn Rovers).

Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Elliott Bennett tries a through ball, but Matthew Kilgallon is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Chris Brown replaces Danny Graham.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Britt Assombalonga replaces Robert Tesche.

Robert Tesche (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers).

Foul by Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest).

Jordi Gómez (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Jordi Gómez replaces Hope Akpan.

Booking

Gary Gardner (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

Gary Gardner (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers).

Booking

Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Oliver Burke replaces Ryan Mendes.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Elliott Bennett replaces Connor Mahoney.

Robert Tesche (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Hope Akpan (Blackburn Rovers).

Attempt blocked. Dexter Blackstock (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from very close range is blocked.

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

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Matthew Kilgallon.

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

Foul by Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers).

Attempt missed. Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Danny Graham.

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

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

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Jason Steele.

Attempt saved. Ryan Mendes (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ben Osborn.

Robert Tesche (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers).

Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Dexter Blackstock.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Jason Steele.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Middlesbrough43268960283286
2Burnley432315567353284
3Brighton432315567392884
4Hull4222101060312976
5Derby432113964402476
6Sheff Wed431816961421970
7Cardiff431616115346764
8Ipswich431614134949062
9Birmingham431612154945460
10Preston431416134242058
11Leeds431415144653-757
12QPR431317135252056
13Brentford42168186063-356
14Wolves431314165056-653
15Reading431312184953-451
16Huddersfield431311195760-350
17Blackburn431115174043-348
18Nottm Forest431115173744-748
19Fulham431115176473-948
20Rotherham43139215265-1348
21Bristol City431212194868-2048
22MK Dons43912223560-2539
23Charlton43813223773-3637
24Bolton43415243978-3927
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