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Burton Albion 1-0 Nottingham Forest

Cauley Woodrow scores against Nottingham Forest
Cauley Woodrow's goal against Nottingham Forest was his third for Burton this season

Cauley Woodrow scored the only goal as Burton Albion moved above of Nottingham Forest in the Championship with their first competitive win over the Reds.

Woodrow's powerfully struck low free-kick - Burton's first and only effort on goal - went through Forest's wall and beat goalkeeper Jordan Smith.

John Brayford made a crucial second-half block to deny Forest's Matty Cash, who also wasted a late chance.

The victory was Burton's first in five games and put them 18th in the table.

Forest have now lost five in seven games, with their only win in the past month coming against automatic promotion hopefuls Brighton, and they are just two points above the relegation places, with Blackburn - in 22nd spot - claiming a point in a 2-2 draw at Norwich City.

Their first league visit to Burton - managed by former Forest striker Nigel Clough - failed to produce anything like the drama of the reverse fixture in August, when Forest overcame Albion 4-3 in what was the Brewers' debut in the second tier.

Lasse Vigen Christensen and Jackson Irvine both fired shots over the bar before on-loan Fulham forward Woodrow put the hosts ahead.

Forest's Zach Clough scuffed two chances wide for the visitors in the first half, while Brewers goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin foiled Ben Brereton at the near post.

And while Cash had two openings after the break, Burton survived to move three points clear of the bottom three.

Burton Albion boss Nigel Clough:

"The first goal was crucial. Whoever got it the opposition were going to struggle to break them down. We got it and looked after it.

"There were a few scares and they had a lot of possession but we saw it through. I'm disappointed that we didn't do enough on the break.

"In the first half of the season we were conceding goals late on in games which is one of the reasons we are where we are in the table, but the determination and resilience at the moment to see it through and get that clean sheet is what impressed me."

Nottingham Forest manager Gary Brazil:

"Obviously it's not the result we wanted. There wasn't a great deal in the game in terms of penalty box action and clear cut chances.

"We had to be a bit better in possession and in that top third of the pitch to give ourselves opportunities to score, and in fairness we didn't really do that.

"We felt if we could get one we would go on and get a second and win the game."

Line-ups

Burton

  • 1McLaughlin
  • 3Brayford
  • 5McFadzean
  • 6Turner
  • 2Flanagan
  • 24Christensen
  • 30Murphy
  • 36Irvine
  • 11Dyer
  • 12WoodrowSubstituted forNaylorat 80'minutes
  • 9SordellSubstituted forVarneyat 19'minutesSubstituted forAkinsat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Mousinho
  • 10Akins
  • 13Bywater
  • 15Naylor
  • 16Palmer
  • 19Varney
  • 28Kightly

Nottm Forest

  • 43Smith
  • 2LichajSubstituted forPereiraat 66'minutes
  • 42Worrall
  • 13Fox
  • 6Traore
  • 4MancienneSubstituted forCashat 61'minutes
  • 24Vaughan
  • 11Osborn
  • 50McCormack
  • 16Clough
  • 45BreretonBooked at 56minsSubstituted forVelliosat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Brito Teixeira
  • 15Tshibola
  • 17Pereira
  • 26Evtimov
  • 39Vellios
  • 41Cash
  • 48Ahmedhodzic
Referee:
Keith Stroud
Attendance:
6,115

Match Stats

Home TeamBurtonAway TeamNottm Forest
Possession
Home34%
Away66%
Shots
Home9
Away11
Shots on Target
Home1
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away5
Fouls
Home10
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Burton Albion 1, Nottingham Forest 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Burton Albion 1, Nottingham Forest 0.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Tom Flanagan.

Attempt saved. Matthew Cash (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by David Vaughan.

Hildeberto Pereira (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Lasse Vigen Christensen (Burton Albion).

Hildeberto Pereira (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lasse Vigen Christensen (Burton Albion).

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

Foul by Tom Naylor (Burton Albion).

Attempt missed. Tom Naylor (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jackson Irvine.

Attempt blocked. Lloyd Dyer (Burton Albion) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jackson Irvine.

Foul by Apostolos Vellios (Nottingham Forest).

Kyle McFadzean (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Apostolos Vellios (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ben Osborn with a cross.

Attempt missed. Jackson Irvine (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Burton Albion. Tom Naylor replaces Cauley Woodrow.

Attempt blocked. Ben Osborn (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Matthew Cash.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Tom Flanagan.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Apostolos Vellios replaces Ben Brereton.

Attempt missed. Daniel Fox (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Joe Worrall.

Attempt saved. Ben Brereton (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Hildeberto Pereira.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Hildeberto Pereira replaces Eric Lichaj.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by John Brayford.

Attempt blocked. Matthew Cash (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ben Brereton.

Attempt missed. David Vaughan (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ben Osborn.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Tom Flanagan.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Matthew Cash replaces Michael Mancienne.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Cauley Woodrow (Burton Albion) because of an injury.

Booking

Ben Brereton (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Ben Brereton (Nottingham Forest).

Kyle McFadzean (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Foul by Luke Murphy (Burton Albion).

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Eric Lichaj.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Tom Flanagan.

Attempt blocked. Jackson Irvine (Burton Albion) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lasse Vigen Christensen.

Second Half

Second Half begins Burton Albion 1, Nottingham Forest 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Burton Albion. Lucas Akins replaces Luke Varney because of an injury.

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As It Stood

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2Brighton37238663313277
3Huddersfield3622594739871
4Leeds372061150361466
5Reading37197114949064
6Sheff Wed371881148371162
7Fulham361612863422160
8Preston371511115145656
9Norwich37159136356754
10Derby371410133936352
11Barnsley37149145553251
12Aston Villa371212133739-248
13Cardiff37139155053-348
14Brentford36138155452247
15QPR37138164150-947
16Ipswich371015123744-745
17Birmingham371111153854-1644
18Burton371011163648-1241
19Nottm Forest37117195162-1140
20Wolves35109164146-539
21Bristol City37108194653-738
22Blackburn36911164253-1138
23Wigan37810193142-1134
24Rotherham3745283282-5017
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