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Nottm Forest2Rotherham0

Nottingham Forest 2-0 Rotherham United

Britt Assombalonga converts a penalty
Britt Assombalonga fooled Rotherham keeper Richard O'Donnell with a stuttering run-up

Britt Assombalonga scored his first goals since November to push Nottingham Forest to victory against Championship bottom-side Rotherham United.

Assombalonga converted his own spot-kick after he was felled in the box, following a quiet first-half.

Rotherham tweaked things on going behind and took the game to Forest, forcing goalkeeper Stephen Henderson into several crucial saves.

Forest and Assombalonga's second, slid in at the back post, sealed the points.

Much of the focus at Forest in recent weeks has been on off-field matters, notably the bid to appoint a new manager and the unsuccessful attempt to bring former player Nigel Clough back to the City Ground.

The apathy and frustration from the home fans towards owner Fawaz Al Hasawi, manifested in a protest at the last home game against Bristol City, was again highlighted by a season-lowest crowd of 15,770.

However, Rotherham, now without a win in three, were unable to take advantage of the dimmed atmosphere despite some second-half pressure in their efforts to beat the drop.

The Millers are now 12 points behind Burton, who occupy the first spot outside the relegation zone.

In turn interim boss Gary Brazil has won back-to-back home games for Forest, picking up six points from nine since stepping in for the departed Philippe Montanier.

Assombalonga's sharpness is a boost for Brazil, while Ben Brereton - preferred to Nicklas Bendtner and Apostelos Velios up front - impressed on his first start.

New faces

Rotherham handed a debut to defender Semi Ajayi following his loan move from Cardiff, but Forest left their new loan signing Aaron Tshibola on the bench.

Forest caretaker manager Gary Brazil: "We scored a good second goal from Britt Assombalonga that allowed us to relax a bit more, but we still had to defend well.

"Stephen Henderson made some good saves, he's in a rich vein of form, and it's another clean sheet for him and the back four.

"Yes, we have some tricky fixtures coming up, but it not easier playing us here either."

Rotherham manager Paul Warne: "That was the worst performance of my tenure. It's the same old story.

"I am hugely disappointed, I wanted to get our away form going. There wasn't much in it in the first half, then to give possession away like we did and let them go 1-0 up five minutes after the restart was a bitter pill to swallow.

"It gave my lads a massive kick in the teeth and our heads dropped. I am trying my best with these lads, but my best isn't good enough."

Line-ups

Nottm Forest

  • 30Henderson
  • 2Lichaj
  • 25HobbsBooked at 90mins
  • 13Fox
  • 3Pinillos
  • 19WardSubstituted forCashat 82'minutes
  • 4Mancienne
  • 24Vaughan
  • 11Osborn
  • 45BreretonSubstituted forCarayolat 76'minutes
  • 9AssombalongaSubstituted forVelliosat 88'minutes

Substitutes

  • 14Bendtner
  • 15Tshibola
  • 18Carayol
  • 38Stojkovic
  • 39Vellios
  • 41Cash
  • 42Worrall

Rotherham

  • 18O'Donnell
  • 2Kelly
  • 15Ajayi
  • 6Wood
  • 3MattockBooked at 83mins
  • 33SmallwoodBooked at 36minsSubstituted forNewellat 75'minutes
  • 7FordeSubstituted forBlackstockat 82'minutes
  • 24AdeyemiSubstituted forYatesat 58'minutes
  • 4VaulksBooked at 60mins
  • 11TaylorBooked at 26mins
  • 9Ward

Substitutes

  • 20Blackstock
  • 21Allan
  • 22Newell
  • 27Bray
  • 39Yates
  • 40Warren
  • 45Bilboe
Referee:
Simon Hooper
Attendance:
15,770

Match Stats

Home TeamNottm ForestAway TeamRotherham
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home11
Away12
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away5
Fouls
Home13
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Nottingham Forest 2, Rotherham United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Nottingham Forest 2, Rotherham United 0.

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

Foul by Joe Newell (Rotherham United).

Foul by David Vaughan (Nottingham Forest).

Will Vaulks (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Jack Hobbs (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jack Hobbs (Nottingham Forest).

Jon Taylor (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

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

Foul by Jon Taylor (Rotherham United).

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Apostolos Vellios replaces Britt Assombalonga.

Foul by Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest).

Jon Taylor (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Stephen Henderson tries a through ball, but Britt Assombalonga is caught offside.

Offside, Rotherham United. Joe Newell tries a through ball, but Dexter Blackstock is caught offside.

Foul by Michael Mancienne (Nottingham Forest).

Danny Ward (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Joe Mattock (Rotherham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Matthew Cash (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Joe Mattock (Rotherham United).

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Dexter Blackstock replaces Anthony Forde.

Foul by Matthew Cash (Nottingham Forest).

Will Vaulks (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Matthew Cash replaces Jamie Ward.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Stephen Kelly.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Daniel Fox.

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Jack Hobbs tries a through ball, but Britt Assombalonga is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Mustapha Carayol (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Mustapha Carayol replaces Ben Brereton.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Joe Newell replaces Richard Smallwood.

Attempt saved. Danny Ward (Rotherham United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Offside, Rotherham United. Richard Wood tries a through ball, but Danny Ward is caught offside.

Goal!

Goal! Nottingham Forest 2, Rotherham United 0. Britt Assombalonga (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jamie Ward.

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Ben Osborn tries a through ball, but Britt Assombalonga is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Danny Ward (Rotherham United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Semi Ajayi with a headed pass.

Attempt blocked. Stephen Kelly (Rotherham United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Ben Osborn tries a through ball, but Britt Assombalonga is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Will Vaulks (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Richard Wood.

Attempt blocked. Semi Ajayi (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Anthony Forde with a cross.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Brighton27186343182560
2Newcastle27191754213358
3Reading2917484237555
4Leeds28163939271251
5Huddersfield2715483230249
6Derby2813783021946
7Sheff Wed2813783328546
8Barnsley29135114844444
9Norwich28134114740743
10Preston29118103837141
11Fulham271010744321240
12Birmingham29910103139-837
13Brentford28106123735236
14Aston Villa2881282830-236
15Cardiff29106133443-936
16Wolves2898113738-135
17Ipswich2998122937-835
18Nottm Forest2996144047-733
19QPR2896132739-1233
20Bristol City2884163741-428
21Burton2877142838-1028
22Wigan2767142432-825
23Blackburn2767143244-1225
24Rotherham2944212763-3616
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