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Nottingham Forest 2-0 Huddersfield Town

Eric Lichaj
Defender Eric Lichaj taps in his second goal in 36 appearances this season

Huddersfield's automatic promotion hopes were dealt a further blow as Nottingham Forest gave manager Mark Warburton a fully-deserved first win.

Forest created a host of first-half chances and led when Ben Brereton squared for Eric Lichaj to tap in.

Town responded with Elias Kachunga steering a chance wide and Nahki Wells forcing Jordan Smith into two saves.

But Jamie Ward then pounced on Dean Whitehead's poor header to race through and beat Terriers keeper Danny Ward.

Forest had defeated both of Huddersfield's promotion rivals - Newcastle and Brighton - at the City Ground this season and, spearheaded by Brereton, could have won by more.

The 17-year-old hit the side-netting from an early counter-attack, and crossed for Jamie Ward whose point-blank header was kept out by Danny Ward's excellent save.

Town midfielder Jonathan Hogg also cleared Joe Worrall's header off the line and Zach Clough shot wide when well placed, while Forest's Ward forced his namesake into another good stop.

The Terriers had lost just twice in their 10 previous away league matches but after the opener it was Forest who provided the greater threat on the break, with Lichaj denied an unlikely double by Danny Ward's legs.

Huddersfield's third defeat in their last four matches left them 10 points behind second-placed Newcastle, who lost 2-1 at Sheffield Wednesday in Saturday's late kick-off, and 12 points adrift of Brighton with six games of the season to go.

Forest's first win in six league games, and only their second in 11, lifted them up a place to 19th, five points clear of the bottom three.

Nottingham Forest boss Mark Warburton:

"It is all about Friday now. We will do everything to make sure we are prepared for Blackburn and the details are key. Now we focus on that.

"The players will see the quality there today and they will see that they get their rewards; they have to believe that if they do things right and work hard, they will get their rewards. We saw that today.

"We are delighted with three points, which are vital at this stage of the season. But I was also delighted with the quality of the performance. I thought we moved the ball well, we were brave, we created chances and in truth we should have been two or three up by half-time.

"We expected a reaction from them and there was one. We had to weather the storm. But we kept the ball and created chance after chance. It was a very pleasing performance against a quality unit."

Huddersfield boss David Wagner:

"Today we did not perform and this was the biggest problem. We have to make sure we perform better. But we are human.

"We were second best, particularly in the first half. They surprised us with their set up. We were not expecting that.

"We were not able to make the right decisions, Forest had a three-man back line and were overloading the midfield. We were not able to catch them and close the gaps.

"We changed our formation at half-time and we were better. We had opportunities. But then we made a mistake - an unusual mistake - for the second goal.

"We left ourselves with a mountain to climb and we were not able to do it. We have six - and hopefully more - very important games still to play. We must move on quickly now."

Line-ups

Nottm Forest

  • 43Smith
  • 42Worrall
  • 5Mills
  • 6TraoreSubstituted forMancienneat 59'minutes
  • 2LichajBooked at 31mins
  • 24Vaughan
  • 8Cohen
  • 11Osborn
  • 16CloughSubstituted forTshibolaat 58'minutes
  • 45Brereton
  • 19WardSubstituted forAssombalongaat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Mancienne
  • 9Assombalonga
  • 15Tshibola
  • 18Carayol
  • 26Evtimov
  • 39Vellios
  • 41Cash

Huddersfield

  • 1Ward
  • 2Smith
  • 44Hefele
  • 26Schindler
  • 12Holmes-DennisSubstituted forWhiteheadat 45'minutesBooked at 78mins
  • 6HoggSubstituted forQuanerat 77'minutes
  • 8Billing
  • 9Kachunga
  • 10Mooy
  • 17van La ParraSubstituted forLolleyat 45'minutes
  • 21WellsBooked at 44mins

Substitutes

  • 4Whitehead
  • 5Hudson
  • 13Coleman
  • 14Cranie
  • 16Payne
  • 18Lolley
  • 23Quaner
Referee:
Tim Robinson
Attendance:
20,411

Match Stats

Home TeamNottm ForestAway TeamHuddersfield
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home17
Away16
Shots on Target
Home7
Away6
Corners
Home7
Away4
Fouls
Home12
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Nottingham Forest 2, Huddersfield Town 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Nottingham Forest 2, Huddersfield Town 0.

Attempt blocked. Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Aaron Tshibola.

Tommy Smith (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by David Vaughan (Nottingham Forest).

Attempt missed. Joe Lolley (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner following a corner.

Attempt missed. Tommy Smith (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Ben Brereton.

Elias Kachunga (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by David Vaughan (Nottingham Forest).

Foul by Tommy Smith (Huddersfield Town).

Ben Brereton (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Michael Hefele (Huddersfield Town) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Aaron Mooy with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Chris Cohen.

Philip Billing (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Aaron Tshibola (Nottingham Forest).

Offside, Huddersfield Town. Philip Billing tries a through ball, but Nahki Wells is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Philip Billing (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Aaron Mooy.

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Eric Lichaj tries a through ball, but Ben Brereton is caught offside.

Foul by Christopher Schindler (Huddersfield Town).

Britt Assombalonga (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Hand ball by Ben Brereton (Nottingham Forest).

Attempt missed. Britt Assombalonga (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ben Osborn following a set piece situation.

Booking

Dean Whitehead (Huddersfield Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Dean Whitehead (Huddersfield Town).

Britt Assombalonga (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Collin Quaner replaces Jonathan Hogg.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Dean Whitehead.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Britt Assombalonga replaces Jamie Ward.

Elias Kachunga (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Matt Mills (Nottingham Forest).

Attempt saved. Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Chris Cohen.

Attempt missed. Ben Brereton (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Chris Cohen.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Joe Lolley.

Offside, Huddersfield Town. Aaron Mooy tries a through ball, but Nahki Wells is caught offside.

Dean Whitehead (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ben Brereton (Nottingham Forest).

Philip Billing (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Chris Cohen (Nottingham Forest).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Brighton41268769353486
2Newcastle41266974353984
3Huddersfield40235125046474
4Reading41227125657-173
5Leeds412261355391672
6Sheff Wed412091253411269
7Fulham4118131072522067
8Derby411711134841762
9Preston411613125951861
10Norwich411791572621060
11Aston Villa411513134340358
12Brentford41168176559656
13Barnsley411511155856256
14Cardiff411510165658-255
15Wolves40149175152-151
16QPR41148194755-850
17Ipswich411116144351-849
18Birmingham411113174160-1946
19Nottm Forest41129205666-1045
20Burton411112184155-1445
21Bristol City41128215361-844
22Blackburn41913194763-1640
23Wigan41910223551-1637
24Rotherham4145323593-5817
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