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Nottm ForestNottingham Forest2NorwichNorwich City1
Britt Assombalonga
Striker Britt Assombalonga scored his 10th goal of the season for Nottingham Forest against Norwich

Britt Assombalonga scored his 10th goal of the season as Nottingham Forest came from behind with two late goals to seal victory over Norwich City.

Canaries midfielder Jonny Howson put the visitors ahead at the City Ground with his first goal of the season.

But Assombalonga, who joined Forest from Peterborough for £5.5m in August, equalised five minutes from time before Michail Antonio's injury-time winner.

The result gave Forest their first victory in 10 matches.

Despite victory, Stuart Pearce's side remain 11th in the table while Norwich are one place ahead in 10th.

The home team had begun the contest brightly, with Tom Ince, on his third appearance since his loan move from Hull, going agonisingly close to giving them the lead with a shot which went just over the crossbar.

However, Forest could not make their early dominance count and were punished when Howson opened the scoring in the 16th minute.

The 26-year-old broke into the penalty area and beat two Forest players before he picked out the corner of the net.

Forest carved a handful of opportunities to level before the break, with Antonio failing to properly connect with a Jack Hunt cross at the far post and Assombalonga sending a dipping 30-yard free-kick just over the bar.

Pearce responded with the introduction of Jamie Paterson in place of Ince during the interval.

Forest finally began to find some attacking momentum a shot from Assombalonga, following good build-up around the penalty area, was easily charged down and a spectacular effort from Antonio flew a few feet over the bar.

Forest end wait for win over Canaries
This win was Nottingham Forest's first victory over Norwich since their 3-2 success at Carrow Road in December 2008

The hosts finally made the breakthrough as Matty Fryatt picked out Assombalonga eight yards out, and the striker prodded the ball home.

Assombalonga then turned provider deep into stoppage time, when he he sent Antonio into the box, and the winger dispatched the decisive goal into the bottom corner of the net.

Nottingham Forest boss Stuart Pearce:

"I have to take my hat off to the fans, because they have been absolutely sensational. They drove us to this victory. They drove us on. Their backing was incredible.

"It was a cool finish and an exciting finish to the game. It felt like a cup final at Wembley. This is a fantastic victory and something we had to build on.

"The one thing I do know is that this team has a lot of character. I said that when we were doing well, winning a lot of games and I have said it again lately."

Norwich boss Neil Adams:

"It was not good enough, it goes without saying. To be caught from our own corner kick, with a couple of minutes of stoppage time left, was a sickening feeling. We have thrown the game away in the last five minutes.

"It is not a case of people getting back, we are looking at the set-up we had. We want to win games, but we cannot leave ourselves open in the manner that we did.

"It should not happen in that manner, we should not concede a goal from our own corner kick. We should have left here with a point as a minimum. But we let them get out of jail and steal all three points."

Line-ups

Nottm Forest

  • 1Darlow
  • 17HuntSubstituted forLichajat 66'minutes
  • 4Mancienne
  • 16Lascelles
  • 3HardingSubstituted forLansburyat 66'minutes
  • 18AntonioBooked at 90mins
  • 32TescheBooked at 88mins
  • 38Osborn
  • 19InceSubstituted forPatersonat 45'minutes
  • 7Fryatt
  • 9Assombalonga

Substitutes

  • 2Lichaj
  • 5Collins
  • 10Lansbury
  • 21Paterson
  • 23Blackstock
  • 27Burke
  • 29de Vries

Norwich

  • 1Ruddy
  • 5MartinBooked at 2mins
  • 3Cuéllar
  • 6Turner
  • 23Olsson
  • 27TetteyBooked at 63mins
  • 28O'Neil
  • 4Johnson
  • 8Howson
  • 10JeromeSubstituted forLaffertyat 75'minutesBooked at 82mins
  • 7Grabban

Substitutes

  • 2Whittaker
  • 9Lafferty
  • 11Hooper
  • 12Hooiveld
  • 21Murphy
  • 22Redmond
  • 26Rudd
Referee:
Andy Madley
Attendance:
24,783

Match Stats

Home TeamNottm ForestAway TeamNorwich
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home18
Away9
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home7
Away6
Fouls
Home10
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Nottingham Forest 2, Norwich City 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Nottingham Forest 2, Norwich City 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Alexander Tettey (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Bradley Johnson (Norwich City) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Jamaal Lascelles.

  6. Booking

    Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

  7. Goal!

    Goal! Nottingham Forest 2, Norwich City 1. Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Britt Assombalonga with a through ball following a fast break.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Henri Lansbury.

  9. Post update

    Offside, Nottingham Forest. Jamie Paterson tries a through ball, but Britt Assombalonga is caught offside.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Bradley Johnson (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Kyle Lafferty.

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Foul by Carlos Cuéllar (Norwich City).

  13. Booking

    Robert Tesche (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Robert Tesche (Nottingham Forest).

  15. Post update

    Kyle Lafferty (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Carlos Cuéllar.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Britt Assombalonga (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Eric Lichaj.

  19. Goal!

    Goal! Nottingham Forest 1, Norwich City 1. Britt Assombalonga (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Matty Fryatt with a cross.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Matty Fryatt.

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