Championship
Nottm ForestNottingham Forest1CardiffCardiff City2

Nottingham Forest 1-2 Cardiff City

Cardiff City striker Kenwyne Jones rises to put his side ahead
Kenwyne Jones scored for the second successive Championship game for Cardiff

Cardiff City collected their first Championship away win of the season at Nottingham Forest to move into the top six.

Kenwyne Jones rose highest to meet Peter Whittingham's lofted ball and give Cardiff a first-half lead.

Joe Mason doubled the advantage shortly after the break by diverting Anthony Pilkington's shot with his head.

Michail Antonio scored from a long ball to set up a frantic finish but Cardiff held on to win.

It was an unnecessarily nervous ending to what had been a comfortable and controlled performance by the unbeaten visitors.

Forest were restricted to shots from distance that rarely troubled goalkeeper David Marshall, who remains a transfer target for West Brom.

The Bluebirds are also braced for potential bids for Jones before the end of the transfer window, and the striker again proved his worth with his second goal in as many games on 23 minutes that rewarded Cardiff's early dominance.

Mason, who had a first-half penalty claim ignored, continued his fine start to the season by doubling the lead four minutes into the second half. Pilkington's shot may well have beaten Dorus de Vries in the Forest goal, but Mason made sure by adding the final touch with his head.

But the game was transformed four minutes from time when a long, hopeful ball found Antonio behind the Cardiff defence and he stroked the ball past Marshall.

Antonio's goal gave Forest hope of salvaging an unlikely point, although Mason then wasted a glorious chance to give Cardiff a third by miss-controlling in Forest's six-yard box.

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman: "The difference, in a nutshell, was that they had two very good strikers, who got them goals, and an excellent keeper who kept them in the match.

"I cannot be disappointed in the way we are playing or in our spirit because we gave it a go. We have a lot of young players and that was the difference today, when it came to our decision making in the opposition box.

"For most of the second half, we were knocking on the door. It was just their keeper who saved them a few times. Had we made better decisions in the final third, we might have got a better result.

"But we are working away with the younger players and don't feel sorry for me. This is where we are. We have three or four good strikers on the treatment table."

Cardiff City manager Russell Slade told BBC Wales Sport: "We dominated possession, we looked the better team and then just caused ourselves some problems towards the end when Forest got a goal back.

"We should've put the game to bed really. Mason won't get a better chance to wrap the game up in the later stages as Forest were trying to get the equaliser.

"But it was a really good performance. A couple of players who played 120 minutes on Tuesday night started to look a bit tired but full credit to them they stuck together, did their jobs and we got the reward."

Forest goalscorer Michail Antonio battles past two Cardiff players
Forest goalscorer Michail Antonio gave the Cardiff defence most problems
Joe Mason fires an effort towards Forest goalkeeper Dorus de Vries
Cardiff forward Joe Mason fires an effort towards Forest goalkeeper Dorus de Vries

Line-ups

Nottm Forest

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1de Vries
  • 2Lichaj
  • 5Mills
  • 25Hobbs
  • 31Pinillos
  • 4Mancienne
  • 27BurkeSubstituted forBlackstockat 59'minutes
  • 14EbecilioSubstituted forOsbornat 45'minutes
  • 24Vaughan
  • 18Antonio
  • 34WalkerSubstituted forMcDonaghat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Wilson
  • 23Blackstock
  • 26Evtimov
  • 35Burke
  • 37Grant
  • 38Osborn
  • 41McDonagh

Cardiff

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Marshall
  • 2Peltier
  • 4Morrison
  • 16Connolly
  • 3da SilvaBooked at 33minsSubstituted forMaloneat 80'minutes
  • 13PilkingtonBooked at 90minsSubstituted forNooneat 90+1'minutes
  • 15Dikgacoi
  • 7Whittingham
  • 8RallsBooked at 20mins
  • 10Mason
  • 9JonesSubstituted forAmeobiat 70'minutesBooked at 84mins

Substitutes

  • 5Ecuele Manga
  • 11Noone
  • 19Revell
  • 21Moore
  • 22O'Keefe
  • 28Malone
  • 38Ameobi
Referee:
Oliver Langford
Attendance:
18,762

Match Stats

Home TeamNottm ForestAway TeamCardiff
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home17
Away13
Shots on Target
Home5
Away5
Corners
Home11
Away2
Fouls
Home9
Away7

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Nottingham Forest 1, Cardiff City 2.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Cardiff City. Craig Noone replaces Anthony Pilkington because of an injury.

  4. Booking

    Anthony Pilkington (Cardiff City) is shown the yellow card.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Dexter Blackstock (Nottingham Forest).

  6. Post update

    Lee Peltier (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Daniel Pinillos (Nottingham Forest).

  8. Post update

    Anthony Pilkington (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Daniel Pinillos (Nottingham Forest).

  10. Post update

    Sammy Ameobi (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  11. Goal!

    Goal! Nottingham Forest 1, Cardiff City 2. Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Dexter Blackstock with a headed pass.

  12. Post update

    Offside, Cardiff City. Sammy Ameobi tries a through ball, but Joe Mason is caught offside.

  13. Booking

    Sammy Ameobi (Cardiff City) is shown the yellow card.

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Foul by Sammy Ameobi (Cardiff City).

  16. Post update

    Offside, Cardiff City. Lee Peltier tries a through ball, but Joe Mason is caught offside.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Cardiff City. Scott Malone replaces Fabio.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Gerry McDonagh replaces Tyler Walker.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by David Marshall.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sammy Ameobi (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Anthony Pilkington.