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Nottingham Forest 1-2 Norwich City

Wes Hoolahan of Norwich is fouled by Nottingham Forest's Nicolao Dumitru and wins a penalty
Forest did not dispute the penalty awarded to Wes Hoolahan before the break

Graham Dorrans scored a superb 20-yard winner as Norwich City fought back to beat Nottingham Forest and go second in the Championship table.

City's Wes Hoolahan had a penalty saved by Vladimir Stojkovic and the hosts responded with their best spell of the match to take the lead through a close-range Apostolos Vellios strike.

But Jonny Howson scored from a tight angle to level after the break.

And with the Canaries on top, Dorrans found the bottom corner to win it.

The midfielder's strike gave the excellent Stojkovic no chance and sealed an impressive 20-minute spell after the interval.

Forest were seeking a fourth consecutive home win at the start of the season for the first time since 1984 and looked on track when Vellios followed up to tap in after Eric Lichaj's effort had hit the post.

But Norwich had looked the sharper and more inventive in the final third, with Hoolahan, Dorrans and Robbie Brady all prominent in the early stages.

Hoolahan's earlier missed spot-kick, after he was fouled by Nicolao Dumitru, had looked like being costly.

However, the Canaries were soon level after the break when Howson netted following a corner and, after relentless pressure, Dorrans put the visitors ahead.

Forest brought on Nicklas Bendtner and forced some late pressure but failed to create any telling opportunities.

Apostolos Vellios scores for Nottingham Forest against Norwich City
Apostolos Vellios scored his third goal in three games to put Forest ahead at the City Ground

Nottingham Forest head coach Philippe Montanier: "I was disappointed because we have lost for the first time at home and we had been winning 1-0 at half-time.

"Norwich are one of the top teams in the Championship and we needed to be at a higher level. We were a little timid with the ball and also in defence. We made things too easy for them.

"It is disappointing but our performance was not sufficient against a good team like Norwich."

Norwich boss Alex Neil: "It is crucial to get that first goal. But, if you do not get it, you cannot just let yourself go out with a whimper. You have to fight for it.

"I asked them for that and they gave me that and more. I thought in the second 45 minutes the fans must have enjoyed that because our performance was much better.

"The response we saw from the players was really, really good. We did not ride our luck, we were really good. They had one clear header - which is why we put more height into our side off the bench late on."

REACTION: Norwich boss Alex Neil speaks to BBC Radio Norfolk

Line-ups

Nottm Forest

  • 38Stojkovic
  • 2Lichaj
  • 5MillsBooked at 73mins
  • 4Mancienne
  • 13Fox
  • 17Pereira
  • 8CohenSubstituted forLansburyat 70'minutes
  • 22KasamiBooked at 86mins
  • 18Carayol
  • 39VelliosSubstituted forBendtnerat 59'minutes
  • 12DumitruSubstituted forOsbornat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Traore
  • 10Lansbury
  • 11Osborn
  • 14Bendtner
  • 20Licá
  • 37Grant
  • 43Smith

Norwich

  • 33McGovern
  • 25Pinto
  • 5Martin
  • 15Klose
  • 3Olsson
  • 8Howson
  • 4DorransBooked at 72mins
  • 22MurphySubstituted forBennettat 90+4'minutes
  • 14HoolahanSubstituted forThompsonat 88'minutes
  • 12Brady
  • 10JeromeSubstituted forLaffertyat 90+4'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Ruddy
  • 6Bassong
  • 19Lafferty
  • 21Pritchard
  • 24Bennett
  • 31Murphy
  • 34Thompson
Referee:
Chris Kavanagh
Attendance:
20,323

Match Stats

Home TeamNottm ForestAway TeamNorwich
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home11
Away18
Shots on Target
Home2
Away8
Corners
Home5
Away9
Fouls
Home10
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Nottingham Forest 1, Norwich City 2.

Full Time

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

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Graham Dorrans.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Kyle Lafferty replaces Cameron Jerome.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Ryan Bennett replaces Jacob Murphy.

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Michael Mancienne.

Attempt missed. Ben Osborn (Nottingham Forest) header from very close range misses to the right. Assisted by Mustapha Carayol with a cross.

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Michael Mancienne.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Louis Thompson replaces Wes Hoolahan.

Foul by Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest).

Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Pajtim Kasami (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card.

Nicklas Bendtner (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Timm Klose (Norwich City).

Attempt missed. Nicklas Bendtner (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Mustapha Carayol with a cross.

Pajtim Kasami (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ivo Pinto (Norwich City).

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Pajtim Kasami tries a through ball, but Henri Lansbury is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Ben Osborn replaces Nicolao Dumitru.

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Eric Lichaj.

Pajtim Kasami (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jacob Murphy (Norwich City).

Booking

Matt Mills (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Matt Mills (Nottingham Forest).

Robbie Brady (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Graham Dorrans (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Nicolao Dumitru (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Graham Dorrans (Norwich City).

Offside, Norwich City. Timm Klose tries a through ball, but Cameron Jerome is caught offside.

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

Foul by Cameron Jerome (Norwich City).

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Henri Lansbury replaces Chris Cohen.

Foul by Pajtim Kasami (Nottingham Forest).

Robbie Brady (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Nicolao Dumitru (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Hildeberto Pereira.

Foul by Michael Mancienne (Nottingham Forest).

Robbie Brady (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Russell Martin.

Goal!

Goal! Nottingham Forest 1, Norwich City 2. Graham Dorrans (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.

Attempt blocked. Martin Olsson (Norwich City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Robbie Brady with a headed pass.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Huddersfield8611116519
2Norwich8521139417
3Newcastle85031661015
4Barnsley85031911815
5Birmingham8431106415
6Brentford8422135814
7Brighton8422106414
8Reading8422910-114
9Fulham834186213
10Wolves8332109112
11Ipswich833287112
12Bristol City83231211111
13Nottm Forest83231617-111
14Sheff Wed8323911-211
15Leeds8314911-210
16QPR83141014-410
17Burton8233121209
18Aston Villa81528808
19Preston8206712-56
20Derby813427-56
21Rotherham8134920-116
22Wigan81251012-25
23Blackburn81251017-75
24Cardiff8125614-85
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