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Nottingham Forest 0-1 Aston Villa

Aston Villa celebrate Scott Hogan's goal
Scott Hogan (left) has scored in consecutive league matches for Aston Villa

Aitor Karanka's first match as Nottingham Forest manager ended in a Championship defeat by Aston Villa.

Six days after knocking holders Arsenal out of the FA Cup, mid-table Forest were beaten by Scott Hogan's first-half goal at the City Ground.

Hogan stooped to nod in a Robert Snodgrass cross after 18 minutes, while Villa captain John Terry headed against the crossbar before the interval.

Villa's third successive league victory lifted them up to fourth in the table.

Steve Bruce's side matched the results of Cardiff and Derby, who were both victorious earlier on Saturday, to stay five points behind the second-placed Rams.

The quality of Snodgrass' deliveries from wide positions was outstanding throughout, with his curling right-wing cross converted by Hogan for the striker's second goal in two league games.

Snodgrass also provided the centre for Terry's chance and tested Forest goalkeeper Jordan Smith with a powerful free-kick just after half-time.

Karanka, who was appointed as Mark Warburton's successor on Monday, watched his team put in a spirited performance but Forest rarely threatened the Villa goal.

The defeat was their 15th in the league of the season - only 23rd-placed Birmingham have lost more Championship games this term.

Nottingham Forest manager Aitor Karanka told BBC Radio Nottingham:

"It's the first game and I knew there would be a lot of expectations, especially after the game against Arsenal, but today Villa were an experienced team and a very organised.

"We have a lot of potential up front but we are young and need to improve.

"We have to be more aggressive, more intense, more organised.

"We haven't had time to prepare for the game the way I like to prepare for games. Now we have an entire week to do everything and I'll keep encouraging them."

Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce told BBC WM:

"We looked a good side, we looked well-balanced and I thought defensively we were rock-solid against a Forest team that had thumped Arsenal last week and had a new manager in situ.

"It had all the ingredients of being a very difficult game, which we expected, which it was to a degree, but I honestly thought that we were comfortable.

"We were in my opinion by far the better team and we just needed the second goal and that didn't come.

"So long as it gets like that we were a little edgy, but overall I was very pleased with the performance."

Line-ups

Nottm Forest

  • 43Smith
  • 2LichajBooked at 61mins
  • 5Mills
  • 4Mancienne
  • 6Traore
  • 24VaughanSubstituted forBridcuttat 81'minutes
  • 11Osborn
  • 14CashBooked at 63minsSubstituted forWardat 81'minutes
  • 20Dowell
  • 16CloughSubstituted forMcKayat 64'minutes
  • 17Brereton

Substitutes

  • 7Bridcutt
  • 10McKay
  • 19Ward
  • 27Darikwa
  • 30Henderson
  • 31Bouchalakis
  • 34Walker

Aston Villa

  • 1Johnstone
  • 27El Mohamady Abdel FattahBooked at 71mins
  • 5Chester
  • 26TerryBooked at 89mins
  • 21Hutton
  • 6WhelanSubstituted forBjarnasonat 45'minutes
  • 7Snodgrass
  • 10Grealish
  • 14Hourihane
  • 37AdomahSubstituted forTaylorat 90+2'minutes
  • 9HoganSubstituted forDavisat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Taylor
  • 8Lansbury
  • 18Onomah
  • 20Bjarnason
  • 24Elphick
  • 31Bunn
  • 39Davis
Referee:
James Linington
Attendance:
25,433

Match Stats

Home TeamNottm ForestAway TeamAston Villa
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home10
Away8
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away2
Fouls
Home20
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Nottingham Forest 0, Aston Villa 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Nottingham Forest 0, Aston Villa 1.

Foul by Kieran Dowell (Nottingham Forest).

Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Neil Taylor replaces Albert Adomah.

Armand Traore (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Keinan Davis (Aston Villa).

Booking

John Terry (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card.

Ben Brereton (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by John Terry (Aston Villa).

Offside, Aston Villa. Jack Grealish tries a through ball, but Albert Adomah is caught offside.

Kieran Dowell (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Birkir Bjarnason (Aston Villa).

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Sam Johnstone.

Attempt saved. Kieran Dowell (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Liam Bridcutt.

Attempt missed. Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Conor Hourihane.

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Keinan Davis replaces Scott Hogan.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Liam Bridcutt replaces David Vaughan.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Jamie Ward replaces Matthew Cash.

Attempt saved. Barrie McKay (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ben Brereton.

Foul by Matt Mills (Nottingham Forest).

Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Hand ball by Ahmed El Mohamady (Aston Villa).

Attempt missed. Ben Brereton (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Kieran Dowell.

Foul by Armand Traore (Nottingham Forest).

Robert Snodgrass (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Booking

Ahmed El Mohamady (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Matthew Cash (Nottingham Forest).

Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by David Vaughan (Nottingham Forest).

Robert Snodgrass (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt saved. Barrie McKay (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Barrie McKay replaces Zach Clough.

Booking

Matthew Cash (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Matthew Cash (Nottingham Forest).

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

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Michael Mancienne.

Booking

Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest).

Robert Snodgrass (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

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1Wolves27195350203062
2Derby27157544232152
3Cardiff27155740251550
4Aston Villa27138639241547
5Bristol City2713864032847
6Sheff Utd27134104031943
7Leeds27134103729843
8Fulham2711974034642
9Middlesbrough27125103527841
10Preston27101163127441
11Brentford27101074135640
12Ipswich27123124039139
13Norwich27107102731-437
14QPR2789103137-633
15Nottm Forest27102153343-1032
16Millwall27710102930-131
17Sheff Wed27710103034-431
18Reading2778123035-529
19Barnsley2769122737-1027
20Hull27510123944-525
21Bolton2767142545-2025
22Burton2766152146-2524
23Birmingham2765161538-2323
24Sunderland27410132947-1822
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