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Rotherham United 0-0 Nottingham Forest

Rotherham United's Emmanuel Ledesma (l) challenges Nottingham Forest's Michail Antonio
Rotherham have been kept to successive goalless draws

Rotherham's winless run was extended to nine games as they were held to a goalless draw by Nottingham Forest.

The Millers went closest before the break, with Emmanuel Ledesma cannoning an effort off the crossbar before Tom Lawrence shot wastefully wide.

Henri Lansbury headed over for Forest early in the second half after good work from Michail Antonio.

Keeper Karl Darlow ensured Forest shared the spoils, saving a Reece James shot with his legs.

Despite drawing for the sixth time in nine matches, Rotherham moved three points above the relegation places following Brighton's 1-0 loss to Millwall on Friday.

Forest remain unbeaten for almost five decades
Nottingham Forest are unbeaten in the last 17 meetings in all competitions against Rotherham United, winning eight.
Rotherham's last win was 3-2 at home in the old Division Two in September 1956.
The goalless draw is their first meeting since a 1-1 draw at the City Ground in League One in April 2007.

Forest, meanwhile, go ninth in the Championship table, but are now five points off play-off places following Watford's 2-1 win over Wigan Atheltic.

The Millers were almost gifted an early chance with Forest keeper Darlow mis-kicking a backpass from Kelvin Wilson before recovering to clear as Alex Revell closed in.

Antonio created two inviting openings for Forest before the break, crossing for Dexter Blackstock to head wide at the back post before whipping the ball in for Britt Assombalonga to prod off target.

Darlow saved from Ben Pringle, but Ledesma almost put the Millers ahead with a fierce 25-yard effort which struck the woodwork.

A minute later Lawrence steered an effort wide for Steve Evans' side after James found the on-loan Leicester City forward unmarked in the box.

Lansbury nodded over early in the second half following more good work from Antonio down the left, and although Blackstock found the back of the net with a header before the hour, his effort was ruled out for a push.

Pringle squandered a glorious chance to put Rotherham ahead soon after, blasting over from six yards after Lawrence found the midfielder with a neat cut-back pass.

And Darlow ensured Stuart Pearce's Forest left the New York Stadium with a point by foiling on-loan Manchester United defender James.

Rotherham manager Steve Evans: "I think Stuart Pearce will drive home tonight and think he's sat next to Robin Hood because they have stolen a point.

"I thought our performance was absolutely superb.

"If you look at the names on a piece of paper that Stuart can call upon you would be frightened to play them."

Nottingham Forest assistant manager Steve Wigley: "We don't normally have a problem scoring. We've normally got goals in us.

"We've got two players in double figures but we will have to take a point and have to do better next week against Leeds.

"We worked very hard. The lads gave everything they've got but we are fully aware that we have got to play better in and around the final third than we did."

Line-ups

Rotherham

Formation 4-4-2

  • 21Collin
  • 30Wootton
  • 20Morgan
  • 4Arnason
  • 31James
  • 32LedesmaSubstituted forBoweryat 86'minutes
  • 11Green
  • 33Smallwood
  • 18PringleBooked at 52minsSubstituted forTaylorat 82'minutes
  • 34LawrenceBooked at 82mins
  • 9Revell

Substitutes

  • 3Skarz
  • 10Bowery
  • 17Newton
  • 24Brandy
  • 26Taylor
  • 29Clarke-Harris
  • 35Thompson

Nottm Forest

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Darlow
  • 2Lichaj
  • 4Mancienne
  • 6Wilson
  • 13FoxBooked at 42mins
  • 21Paterson
  • 32Tesche
  • 10Lansbury
  • 18Antonio
  • 23BlackstockSubstituted forInceat 77'minutes
  • 9Assombalonga

Substitutes

  • 7Fryatt
  • 16Lascelles
  • 17Hunt
  • 19Ince
  • 27Burke
  • 29de Vries
  • 38Osborn
Referee:
Richard Clark
Attendance:
11,228

Match Stats

Home TeamRotherhamAway TeamNottm Forest
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home16
Away8
Shots on Target
Home3
Away0
Corners
Home4
Away6
Fouls
Home13
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Rotherham United 0, Nottingham Forest 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Rotherham United 0, Nottingham Forest 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Scott Wootton.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Kári Arnason (Rotherham United).

  5. Post update

    Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Paul Taylor (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Tom Lawrence following a set piece situation.

  7. Post update

    Alex Revell (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest).

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Daniel Fox (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Henri Lansbury following a set piece situation.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Craig Morgan (Rotherham United).

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Hand ball by Alex Revell (Rotherham United).

  13. Post update

    Foul by Alex Revell (Rotherham United).

  14. Post update

    Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Rotherham United. Jordan Bowery replaces Emmanuel Ledesma.

  16. Booking

    Tom Lawrence (Rotherham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Tom Lawrence (Rotherham United).

  18. Post update

    Robert Tesche (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Rotherham United. Paul Taylor replaces Ben Pringle.

  20. Post update

    Paul Green (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.