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Nottingham Forest 2-0 Rotherham Utd

Dexter Blackstock (left) celebrates with fellow goalscorer Michail Antonio
Dexter Blackstock (left) celebrates with fellow goalscorer Michail Antonio

Nottingham Forest closed to within eight points of the Championship play-off places with victory over Rotherham at the City Ground.

Dexter Blackstock's lob opened the scoring two minutes before the interval to set Dougie Freedman's side on their way to a fifth straight home win.

Michail Antonio's wonderful run and 25-yard shot made it 2-0 moments later.

Rotherham stay six points clear of the relegation places with eight games to play.

The Millers matched their hosts for large periods and could have made a game of it had midfielder Lee Frecklington's effort early in the second half gone in, instead of hitting the post.

Striker Conor Sammon was also denied by Forest keeper Karl Darlow's fine save, but the game was ultimately settled in two first-half minutes.

First Blackstock met a long ball over the top and lobbed goalkeeper Adam Collin, before Antonio ran from his own half past some unconvincing challenges and drilled a low shot into the corner.

Forest face promotion rivals Norwich, Wolves and Brentford in their next three games and could yet make the play-offs.

Nottingham Forest boss Dougie Freedman:

"We have got to go and play Wolves and Brentford and Watford so we have given ourselves a great chance.

"We can take some points off the teams above us, we just have to make sure we are very professional and responsible in the way we approach it.

"We had a plan, that was to dampen them down in the first 10 minutes. We went on to play some fantastic football in the second half. I am happy. It was a real team performance."

Rotherham manager Steve Evans:

"It's a cruel game, we were the better side in the first half for long spells.

"Goalkeeper Adam Collin makes his mistake, he shouldn't have come. Then we lost our shape from the restart.

"We turned at 2-0 down and people were shaking their heads in the dressing room. We had a reaction in the second half against a team who have been rampant in recent weeks.

"Their keeper makes a world-class save and they are the fine margins, we have an error in the first half."

Line-ups

Nottm Forest

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1Darlow
  • 4Mancienne
  • 16Lascelles
  • 6Wilson
  • 2Lichaj
  • 22GardnerBooked at 37mins
  • 27BurkeSubstituted forWalkerat 90+2'minutes
  • 10Lansbury
  • 38Osborn
  • 18Antonio
  • 23BlackstockSubstituted forBarrowat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Collins
  • 13Fox
  • 19Barrow
  • 21Paterson
  • 24Vaughan
  • 26Evtimov
  • 34Walker

Rotherham

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 21Collin
  • 30HuntSubstituted forRichardsonat 48'minutes
  • 31Rawson
  • 5Broadfoot
  • 3Lafferty
  • 33SmallwoodBooked at 30minsSubstituted forMilsomat 57'minutes
  • 4ArnasonBooked at 38mins
  • 23Sammon
  • 8Frecklington
  • 18Pringle
  • 27DerbyshireSubstituted forBoweryat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Bowery
  • 11Green
  • 15Milsom
  • 16Richardson
  • 20Morgan
  • 24Hammill
  • 35Thompson
Referee:
Michael Bull
Attendance:
20,569

Match Stats

Home TeamNottm ForestAway TeamRotherham
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home14
Away17
Shots on Target
Home3
Away1
Corners
Home5
Away5
Fouls
Home11
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Nottingham Forest 2, Rotherham United 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Nottingham Forest 2, Rotherham United 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Ben Osborn.

  4. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Kári Arnason (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Kirk Broadfoot (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Daniel Lafferty with a cross.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Tyler Walker replaces Chris Burke.

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Conor Sammon (Rotherham United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Daniel Lafferty with a cross.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Farrend Rawson.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Gary Gardner (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Daniel Lafferty.

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Chris Burke (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Frazer Richardson (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  13. Post update

    Kári Arnason (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest).

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Modou Barrow replaces Dexter Blackstock.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Farrend Rawson (Rotherham United).

  17. Post update

    Dexter Blackstock (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Rotherham United. Jordan Bowery replaces Matt Derbyshire.

  19. Post update

    Hand ball by Matt Derbyshire (Rotherham United).

  20. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Lee Frecklington (Rotherham United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kári Arnason with a headed pass.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Watford382261078453372
2Middlesbrough38219859273272
3Bournemouth382010879403970
4Norwich381910973423167
5Derby381910969412867
6Brentford382051362501265
7Ipswich3818101058431564
8Wolves381711105445962
9Nottm Forest3815121161511057
10Blackburn381412125149254
11Charlton381215114548-351
12Leeds38149154246-451
13Sheff Wed381214123338-550
14Cardiff381212144650-448
15Birmingham371114124353-1047
16Bolton38128184556-1144
17Huddersfield381111164865-1744
18Reading37128174058-1844
19Brighton38915144246-442
20Rotherham38913163857-1940
21Fulham38117204868-2040
22Wigan38810203451-1734
23Millwall38711203162-3132
24Blackpool38410242977-4822
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