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Nottingham Forest 0-1 Millwall

Ricardo Fuller of Millwall
Millwall have now won three of their last four matches at the City Ground

Ricardo Fuller's late goal gave Millwall their first win in nine games as Nottingham Forest's poor form continued.

Fuller pounced on a weak header from Stephen McLaughlin to prod home seven minutes from time at the City Ground.

Henri Lansbury had a shot deflected over for the home team but rarely threatened in an uneventful first half.

Robert Tesche and Britt Assombalonga both hit the bar for Stuart Pearce's men who have won just once in 11 games.

Forest have not scored in the opening 30 minutes of a game since September, and rarely looked like ending that run against the Lions.

Millwall defender Shaun Cummings's loose free-kick was the source of the home team's clearest opening, as winger Michail Antonio intercepted and raced clear but keeper David Forde made a brave save.

Forest counterpart Dorus de Vries brilliantly pushed away a Mark Beevers header as Ian Holloway's side threatened.

Substitute Lee Gregory looked as though he might snatch a goal for Millwall, as he battled through three Forest players, before Lansbury's crucial tackle.

But it was another replacement who had the decisive impact, as 35-year-old Fuller intercepted McLaughlin's weak header back to De Vries to beat the keeper to the ball and prod into an empty net.

Forest have not won at the City Ground since early November and remain 12th, 13 points from the play-off places, while the Lions are now two points behind Brighton in 22nd.

Forest manager Stuart Pearce:

"It was a disappointing afternoon. Millwall were a team who were waiting to be beaten. I was disappointed that we did not win.

"I thought our front two could win us the game, but they did not do enough to do it.

"We created chances but we did not have the gumption and the oomph to take the game by the scruff of the neck and grind the opposition into the ground."

Millwall boss Ian Holloway:

"I wish I could play here every week, I think that is my fourth win on the bounce at Forest as a manager.

"I don't know about the other results, but we have 18 games left and it is about us as a team now.

"The boys have to be together and I am proud of their efforts. Let's get back on the bus and look forward to the next game."

Line-ups

Nottm Forest

  • 29de Vries
  • 17Kane
  • 25Hobbs
  • 6Wilson
  • 30McLaughlin
  • 27BurkeSubstituted forFryattat 60'minutes
  • 10Lansbury
  • 38Osborn
  • 18AntonioBooked at 32mins
  • 32TescheBooked at 53minsSubstituted forPatersonat 70'minutes
  • 9Assombalonga

Substitutes

  • 1Darlow
  • 2Lichaj
  • 7Fryatt
  • 13Fox
  • 14Veldwijk
  • 16Lascelles
  • 21Paterson

Millwall

  • 1Forde
  • 4Cummings
  • 5Hooiveld
  • 16Beevers
  • 2Dunne
  • 6WilliamsBooked at 81mins
  • 26Abdou
  • 18GueyeSubstituted forFullerat 72'minutes
  • 8Fabbrini
  • 7MartinSubstituted forUpsonat 15'minutesBooked at 34mins
  • 42MaierhoferSubstituted forGregoryat 61'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Gregory
  • 15Upson
  • 17Webster
  • 19Fuller
  • 22O'Brien
  • 23Powell
  • 41King
Referee:
Mark Heywood
Attendance:
23,018

Match Stats

Home TeamNottm ForestAway TeamMillwall
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home11
Away14
Shots on Target
Home2
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away5
Fouls
Home18
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Nottingham Forest 0, Millwall 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Nottingham Forest 0, Millwall 1.

  3. Post update

    Alan Dunne (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest).

  5. Post update

    Foul by Ricardo Fuller (Millwall).

  6. Post update

    Stephen McLaughlin (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lee Gregory (Millwall) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Alan Dunne.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Henri Lansbury.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Shaun Williams (Millwall) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  10. Post update

    Hand ball by Ben Osborn (Nottingham Forest).

  11. Post update

    Lee Gregory (Millwall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Todd Kane (Nottingham Forest).

  13. Post update

    Offside, Nottingham Forest. Jack Hobbs tries a through ball, but Britt Assombalonga is caught offside.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jack Hobbs (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ben Osborn with a cross following a set piece situation.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Diego Fabbrini (Millwall).

  16. Post update

    Jamie Paterson (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  17. Goal!

    Goal! Nottingham Forest 0, Millwall 1. Ricardo Fuller (Millwall) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

  18. Booking

    Shaun Williams (Millwall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Shaun Williams (Millwall).

  20. Post update

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

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bournemouth28166659283154
2Derby28166652252754
3Middlesbrough28158543182553
4Ipswich28149546271951
5Brentford2815494437749
6Watford28145956332347
7Wolves2812973335-245
8Norwich28128850341644
9Blackburn2810993838039
10Sheff Wed2891182125-438
11Birmingham2891093139-837
12Nottm Forest28810103740-334
13Cardiff2897123642-634
14Bolton2897123339-634
15Fulham28104144149-834
16Reading2897123342-934
17Huddersfield2897123647-1134
18Charlton2861572535-1033
19Leeds2888123039-932
20Rotherham28612102636-1030
21Brighton28611113036-629
22Millwall2869132644-1827
23Wigan28410142636-1022
24Blackpool2848162250-2820
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