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Nottm Forest2Aston Villa1

Nottingham Forest 2-1 Aston Villa

Ben Brereton
Nottingham Forest have won their last three home matches

Teenage striker Ben Brereton's late goal earned Nottingham Forest a hard-fought win over 10-man Aston Villa.

Villa took the lead when Jonathan Kodjia curled a first-time shot into the corner from the edge of the box.

But Jamie Ward's shot was spilled by keeper Sam Johnstone, allowing Britt Assombalonga to tap in the equaliser.

Jack Grealish was sent off for a second yellow card, before 17-year-old Brereton fired in from Assombalonga's header down to win it for Forest.

Grealish's dismissal changed the momentum of a second half which Villa had controlled, with Forest keeper Stephen Henderson saving Scott Hogan's low shot before reacting brilliantly to deny Tommy Elphick's flicked shot from a Conor Hourihane free-kick.

The 21-year-old's second yellow card came for a mistimed challenge on Eric Lichaj, having already been booked in the first half for petulantly kicking the ball away.

Hogan was making his first appearance for Steve Bruce's side since signing from Brentford in a £12m deal, but he was overshadowed by Brereton's late contribution, who made his senior debut against Rotherham four days earlier.

His goal adds to a poor run of results for Villa away from home, as they have won only two games on their travels this season.

The result lifts Forest up to 15th in the table after a third win in four games under interim manager Gary Brazil, with their opponents one place above them in 14th.

Nottingham Forest interim manager Gary Brazil on match-winner Ben Brereton: "The young lad got a chance and, bless his heart, he took it.

"It is lovely that we had a young player coming on to score his first league goal - and he will get a lot of goals for this club.

"I am not worried about the age of the player, I am worried about the quality he will give us. We know what he will give us when he comes on the pitch.

"He was really good at retaining possession, he was playing with his back to goal - he was just bright. He has a lot to do, but he wants to learn and he wants to get better."

Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce: "I am distraught for everyone. The players have to stick at it. It is tough at the moment, but this is where you earn your money.

"We have to roll up our sleeves and keep working on the training ground. We were much better in this game than against Brentford and we have brought new players into the squad now.

"We will turn this around and see if we can put some back-to-back wins together, which will take us to where we want to be."

Jack Grealish sent off
Jack Grealish's sending off was the second of his career

Line-ups

Nottm Forest

  • 30Henderson
  • 2Lichaj
  • 4Mancienne
  • 13Fox
  • 3Pinillos
  • 24Vaughan
  • 11Osborn
  • 41CashBooked at 39minsSubstituted forBreretonat 70'minutes
  • 16CloughSubstituted forCarayolat 87'minutes
  • 19WardSubstituted forLamat 77'minutes
  • 9Assombalonga

Substitutes

  • 18Carayol
  • 22Kasami
  • 28Lam
  • 38Stojkovic
  • 39Vellios
  • 42Worrall
  • 45Brereton

Aston Villa

  • 34Johnstone
  • 12Chester
  • 6Elphick
  • 2Baker
  • 16Bree
  • 14Hourihane
  • 5LansburySubstituted forGreenat 85'minutes
  • 20Bjarnason
  • 40GrealishBooked at 78mins
  • 26KodjiaSubstituted forBacunaat 82'minutes
  • 9HoganBooked at 45minsSubstituted forAdomahat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Bacuna
  • 19Green
  • 21Hutton
  • 22Gardner
  • 23Amavi
  • 31Bunn
  • 37Adomah
Referee:
Paul Tierney
Attendance:
19,866

Match Stats

Home TeamNottm ForestAway TeamAston Villa
Possession
Home71%
Away29%
Shots
Home17
Away11
Shots on Target
Home6
Away8
Corners
Home6
Away6
Fouls
Home13
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Nottingham Forest 2, Aston Villa 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Nottingham Forest 2, Aston Villa 1.

Goal!

Goal! Nottingham Forest 2, Aston Villa 1. Ben Brereton (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Britt Assombalonga with a headed pass.

Attempt blocked. Ben Brereton (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Ben Brereton (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by David Vaughan.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by James Bree.

Foul by Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest).

Birkir Bjarnason (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Mustapha Carayol replaces Zach Clough.

Thomas Lam (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Albert Adomah (Aston Villa).

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Andre Green replaces Henri Lansbury.

Attempt missed. Zach Clough (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Ben Brereton.

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Albert Adomah replaces Scott Hogan.

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Leandro Bacuna replaces Jonathan Kodjia.

Attempt blocked. Thomas Lam (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ben Osborn.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Jack Grealish (Aston Villa).

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Thomas Lam replaces Jamie Ward.

Attempt missed. Nathan Baker (Aston Villa) header from the centre of the box misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Daniel Pinillos.

Attempt saved. James Bree (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Conor Hourihane with a cross.

Zach Clough (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa).

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Ben Brereton replaces Matthew Cash.

Michael Mancienne (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tommy Elphick (Aston Villa).

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Stephen Henderson.

Attempt saved. James Chester (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Conor Hourihane.

Foul by Daniel Fox (Nottingham Forest).

Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Matthew Cash (Nottingham Forest).

James Bree (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Tommy Elphick (Aston Villa) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Conor Hourihane with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by David Vaughan.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa) because of an injury.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Eric Lichaj.

Attempt missed. Britt Assombalonga (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Matthew Cash.

goal

As It Stood

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1Newcastle29202757233462
2Brighton28186444212360
3Reading3017584439556
4Leeds29173941281354
5Huddersfield2816483531452
6Sheff Wed2914783428649
7Norwich29144114840846
8Derby2913793022846
9Barnsley30136114844445
10Fulham291110846331343
11Preston30119103837142
12Birmingham301010103239-740
13Brentford28106123735236
14Aston Villa2981292932-336
15Nottm Forest30106144248-636
16Ipswich3099123139-836
17Cardiff30106143444-1036
18Wolves2998123840-235
19QPR3097142942-1334
20Bristol City2994163841-331
21Burton3087153041-1131
22Blackburn2977153446-1228
23Wigan2867152433-925
24Rotherham3044222764-3716
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