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Summary

  1. Forest's Lansbury scores 87th-minute leveller
  2. Pereira creates equaliser then sent off
  3. Gestede put Villa ahead following McCormack leveller
  4. Swerving Vellios shot had put Forest 1-0 up
  5. First second tier meeting of two ex-European Cup winners

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By Tom Garry

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FT: Aston Villa 2-2 Nottingham Forest

So, Villa are denied victory by two excellent goals from Nottingham Forest. It's not easy, this Championship, is it?

Thanks for your company. Until next time, good bye.

FT: Aston Villa 2-2 Nottingham Forest

At this early stage of the season, Villa are 17th with six points from six games, while Forest are up to 10th with 10 points, six points off early leaders Huddersfield Town.

FT: Aston Villa 2-2 Nottingham Forest

So, Villa remain with only one victory so far this season, while Forest are unbeaten in their past four games in all competitions.

FULL-TIME

Aston Villa 2-2 Nottingham Forest

Henry Lansbury celebrates his goal for Nottingham Forest
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A pulsating second half comes to an end - how did Villa not win this game? Forest have taught them a lesson in taking their chances.

The hosts were the better side, but putting two of their 25 shots into the back of the net has not proved to be enough this afternoon.

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Some of you really don't seem happy with that sending off. But, as harsh as it may seem, I suppose, the rules are the rules...

#nffc player 2nd booking for celebrating absolute joke of a rule, Perreira had just created a magic goal punished for passion #bbcfootball

WHY has Pereira been sent off for celebrating a late equalizer? Referee rulings taking all the passion out of the game. #bbcfootball

Aston Villa 2-2 Nottingham Forest

It's been a tasty second half, hasn't it? The first 45 minutes rarely got the fans out of their seats, but since the break it's been a real belter of a game.

Forest are closing in on their first away point of the season.

Aston Villa 2-2 Nottingham Forest

Villa are desperate for a goal now. We are into five minutes of added time.

Jonathan Kodjia's header from a Jack Grealish corner deflects over the bar.

RED CARD (Pereira)

Aston Villa 2-2 Nottingham Forest

Hildeberto Pereira - celebrating Forest's equaliser with wild enthusiasm - picks up a second yellow.

The visitors are down to 10 men for the closing stages.

Steve Hodge - "I think that is wrong, he is celebrating with the Forest fans he has put his arms in the air he is elated" #nffc

GOAL (Lansbury)

Aston Villa 2-2 Nottingham Forest

The visitors have another goal, with their second shot on target - it's 2-2!

Hildeberto Pereira goes on a brlliant run and feeds Henri Lansbury on the edge of the area, who slams in first time to send the travelling fans wild.

Villa cannot believe it. They've been pegged back.

Aston Villa 2-1 Nottingham Forest

Nottingham Forest's Damien Perquis heads under pressure from Aston Villa's Jonathan Kodija
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Jonathan Kodjia wins a corner for Villa and gets a big cheer from the home fans. He's had an impressive debut this afternoon.

Aston Villa 2-1 Nottingham Forest

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The stats show just how dominant Villa have been. But this game isn't won just yet.

Aston Villa 2-1 Nottingham Forest

Nottingham Forest boss Philippe Montanier
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Nottingham Forest boss Philippe Montanier looks troubled now. Even when his side were ahead, they looked second best.

Now they need to find a goal or they face a third away league defeat of the season out of three away league games.

YELLOW CARD (Lansbury)

Aston Villa 2-1 Nottingham Forest

Villa do well to get the corner clear and then, as they break, Forest's Henri Lansbury is booked for a late challenge on Ross McCormack. The Forest midfielder 'took one for the team' there.

Moments later, Jonathan Kodjia heads over the bar for the hosts.

Aston Villa 2-1 Nottingham Forest

At the other end, Forest win a corner through Henri Lansbury. Can they get back into this game?

GOAL (Gestede)

Aston Villa 2-1 Nottingham Forest

Rudy Gestede scores for Aston Villa
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Villa have two goals in two minutes and they're in front!

Jordan Ayew is the creator again, this time crossing from the right for Rudy Gestede, who has his back to goals and swivels in the area to send an acrobatic, downward effort into the back of the net.

The home fans love that! That's quite a turnaround!

Steve Hodge - "We got caught very cold after the first goal, the concentration went and we paid the price" #nffc

GOAL (McCormack)

Aston Villa 1-1 Nottingham Forest

Now they're back on terms! That's been coming. Ross McCormack is there at last!

This time, there's nothing the keeper can do to stop McCormack's calm, low finish and he slots the ball in, first time, after good work from Jordan Ayew.

GREAT SAVE!

Aston Villa 0-1 Nottingham Forest

It is another superb save from save Vladimir Stojkovic, this time to get down low and get a hand to Ross McCormack's downward header.

Aston Villa 0-1 Nottingham Forest

Jordan Ayew has another go from range but his shot is slightly scuffed and it bounces just wide. Villa are pressing for an equaliser.

GREAT SAVE!

Aston Villa 0-1 Nottingham Forest

For the second time in the game, a Jonathan Kodjia header forces a fine save from Forest stopper Vladimir Stojkovic.

Moments later, Gary Gardner is replaced by Rudy Gestede for Villa. Gestede will give the hosts even more aerial threat.

SUBSTITUTION (Nottingham Forest)

Aston Villa 0-1 Nottingham Forest

Forest's Thomas Lam is injured and is replaced by Hildeberto Pereira.

Aston Villa 0-1 Nottingham Forest

Well, that opening goal has changed the atmosphere at Villa Park! It's tense. Forest had barely had a sniff, but they lead thanks to Apostolos Vellios' first goal for the club.

Nottingham Forest celebrate Apostolos Vellio's goal
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HITS THE WOODWORK

Aston Villa 0-1 Nottingham Forest

Villa almost level immediately, as Jordan Ayew strikes onto the crossbar from range. That's unlucky!

GOAL (Vellios)

Aston Villa 0-1 Nottingham Forest

Oh my, what a beauty! Nottingham Forest are ahead, with only their second shot of the game and their first on target.

Apostolos Vellios hits one from outside the area with real power and it swerves beyond Mark Bunn.

The visitors - out of absolutely nothing - take the lead.

Aston Villa 0-0 Nottingham Forest

Aston Villa's Jordan Ayew battles with Nottingham Forest's Mustapha Carayol
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Jordan Ayew wins a corner for Villa. He's arguably been their best performer, so far today. He's everywhere.

Aston Villa 0-0 Nottingham Forest

There's a lot more pace, urgency and energy on show in the early stages of this second half. Things are livening up. But still, no goals.

Aston Villa 0-0 Nottingham Forest

Aston Villa's Jordan Ayew shoots narrowly wide
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Villa make a positive start to the second half, as Ross McCormack curls just wide and then Jordan Ayew's volley from range goes over the bar.

KICK-OFF

Aston Villa 0-0 Nottingham Forest

The hosts, in their traditional claret and blue kit, get the second half started, attacking the Holte End.

SUBSTITUTION (Aston Villa)

HT: Aston Villa 0-0 Nottingham Forest

Mark Bunn replaces Pierluigi Gollini in the Villa goal at the break, after Gollini picked up a knock in the first half.

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How do you see this going in the second half, folks? What did you make of the first 45 minutes?

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Some Villa fans don't seem overly impressed with their play in the final third...

#bbcfootball Villa kinda look ok...same story, lots of possession with nothing to show for it. If only we spent millions on 2 strikers.....

Ignoring managers and pasties for goals

The weekend's EFL action

Aaron Mooy celebrates his goal for Huddersfield
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A tasty football chant, a jetsetting goalscoring Roo and a stubborn striker are among five English Football League things you have have missed on Saturday.

Catch up on some of the headlines and quirkier stories here.

A sensational 45 minutes ahead?

HT: Aston Villa 0-0 Nottingham Forest

Robin Chipperfield

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"I think everyone will agree that it has not lived up to the billing. But then again, it might be a sensational second half."

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HT: Aston Villa 0-0 Nottingham Forest

A reminder that you don't just have these wonderful words to paint you a picture today, as we also have BBC Radio 5 live commentary available.

Just click the tab at the top of the page to listen in live.

But that is not all, while rights restrictions mean we can't bring you local radio coverage online, you can still catch BBC WM and BBC Radio Nottingham commentaries on local airwaves.

HALF-TIME

Aston Villa 0-0 Nottingham Forest

The referee brings an end to a first half which Aston Villa will feel they should have scored in, as they improved as the half went on.

HT: #AVFC 0-0 #NFFC - Villa on top but just couldn't make the breakthrough. Second half coming up...#AVLNOT

HT: #AVFC 0-0 #NFFC - Villa on top but just couldn't make the breakthrough. Second half coming up...#AVLNOT

Aston Villa 0-0 Nottingham Forest

Mustapha Carayol gets up to continue after that treatment. Forest win a free-kick in the Villa half but it comes to nothing.

Aston Villa 0-0 Nottingham Forest

Aston Villa's Ashley Westwood battles with Nottingham Forest's Mustapha Carayol
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Forest debutant Mustapha Carayol is down, holding his knee, and on comes the Forest physio for a second time in this first half.

That's a concern for the visitors, as Carayol has looked sharp, breaking down the left flank.

Aston Villa 0-0 Nottingham Forest

Aston Villa's Jack Grealish
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Jack Grealish is starting to pull a few strings in the Villa midfield. It's been a good week for him too, signing a new deal with Villa before his 21st birthday yesterday.

We have five minutes of additional time at the end of this first half.

GREAT SAVE!

Aston Villa 0-0 Nottingham Forest

Jonathan Kodjia almost has a dream debut goal! He shows real quality to rise at the far post and send a really powerful, downward header just inside the post, but Vladimir Stokjovic does excellently to get a hand down and clear. That's a top save.

Steve Hodge on Stojkovic save: "Good save and it was very close to being over the line. In fact it was half over the line" #nffc

Aston Villa 0-0 Nottingham Forest

Shots from the home side keep on coming now, as we approach half-time, and this time Jordan Ayew bursts into the area and tries one but he fires over the bar from just wide of the goal.

Aston Villa 0-0 Nottingham Forest

Villa's Ashley Westwood has a shot from range and it's got some pace behind it but it goes straight at Forest keeper Vladimir Stojkovic.

That effort on goal came from a quick break by Jack Grealish and then some neat footwork from Jonathan Kodjia.

Aston Villa 0-0 Nottingham Forest

Pre-match pic: BBC Radio WM in safe hands with Nigel Spink this afternoon. #AVFC #NFFC #AVLNOT

Pre-match pic: BBC Radio WM in safe hands with Nigel Spink this afternoon. #AVFC #NFFC #AVLNOT

Former Villa goalkeeper Nigel Spink wouldn't have been much busier if he'd been between the sticks for the hosts so far today - Forest are yet to have a shot on target.