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Birmingham City 0-1 Nottingham Forest

Dexter Blackstock
Dexter Blackstock's last goal for Forest was in the 2-1 loss to Cardiff City on the final day of last season

Nottingham Forest moved up to eighth in the Championship as they inflicted a first defeat of the season on Birmingham City at St Andrew's.

In a game of few clear-cut chances, Dexter Blackstock's second-half goal proved to be the difference.

He bundled home from close range after Jamie Ward ended an excellent run with a calm ball across the face of goal.

Demarai Gray's volley wide with 20 minutes left was the closest Birmingham came to an equaliser.

The result sees Forest draw level with City on 11 points in the Championship, with seventh-placed Birmingham one spot above their opponents by virtue of goal difference.

Birmingham's Jon-Miquel Toral had the only effort worthy of note in the opening half when he shot just over from 16 yards out after Jacques Maghoma lost control of David Cotterill's cross.

But the game came alive after the break, with Clayton Donaldson's 50th-minute header going over the bar after an excellent ball from the right by Cotterill.

The goal came soon after as Ward got beyond Paul Caddis and ended a superb run with a ball which Blackstock converted to get his first goal since the final day of last season.

The visitors then put the shutters up as Birmingham failed to test Dorus De Vries in the Forest goal.

Gray's volley wide of his left post after Cotterill's free-kick fell invitingly to the youngster was the only time the home side worried Dougie Freedman's men.

Birmingham City manager Gary Rowett: "Forest set up to frustrate us and block us out of the game. They used Henri Lansbury in front of the back four in a destructive role which I thought he played really well.

"Sometimes you have to hold up your hands. The most disappointing thing for me was the way we tried to chase the game in the second half.

"We became a little frantic and a little bit too hurried and desperate on the ball and did not show enough quality."

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman: "In the end I don't think Birmingham can complain about the result.

"Over 95 minutes we only gave them one chance and we deserved to win the game.

"There is a long way to go but there are signs there and get the budget right we will get where we want to be in the future."

Line-ups

Birmingham

  • 29Kuszczak
  • 31Caddis
  • 28Morrison
  • 23Spector
  • 3Grounds
  • 8GleesonBooked at 7mins
  • 6KieftenbeldBooked at 84mins
  • 11CotterillBooked at 49minsSubstituted forSolomon-Otaborat 80'minutes
  • 20ToralBooked at 34minsSubstituted forBrock-Madsenat 69'minutes
  • 19MaghomaSubstituted forGrayat 63'minutes
  • 9Donaldson

Substitutes

  • 1Legzdins
  • 4Robinson
  • 7Gray
  • 17Solomon-Otabor
  • 22Shinnie
  • 26Davis
  • 44Brock-Madsen

Nottm Forest

  • 1de Vries
  • 2LichajBooked at 37mins
  • 6Wilson
  • 5Mills
  • 31Pinillos
  • 38Osborn
  • 10Lansbury
  • 14EbecilioSubstituted forVaughanat 77'minutes
  • 27Burke
  • 23BlackstockSubstituted forO'Gradyat 64'minutes
  • 19WardBooked at 56minsSubstituted forMendes da Graçaat 61'minutes

Substitutes

  • 15Mendes da Graça
  • 17Oliveira
  • 24Vaughan
  • 25Hobbs
  • 26Evtimov
  • 29O'Grady
  • 37Grant
Referee:
Mark Heywood
Attendance:
16,604

Match Stats

Home TeamBirminghamAway TeamNottm Forest
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home6
Away13
Shots on Target
Home1
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away6
Fouls
Home11
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Birmingham City 0, Nottingham Forest 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Birmingham City 0, Nottingham Forest 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Michael Morrison with a headed pass.

  4. Post update

    Jonathan Grounds (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Mendes (Nottingham Forest).

  6. Post update

    Foul by Nicolai Brock-Madsen (Birmingham City).

  7. Post update

    Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Michael Morrison.

  9. Post update

    Offside, Nottingham Forest. Dorus de Vries tries a through ball, but Chris O'Grady is caught offside.

  10. Booking

    Maikel Kieftenbeld (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Maikel Kieftenbeld (Birmingham City).

  12. Post update

    Chris Burke (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Nicolai Brock-Madsen (Birmingham City).

  14. Post update

    Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Birmingham City. Viv Solomon-Otabor replaces David Cotterill.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ben Osborn (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from more than 35 yards is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Ryan Mendes.

  17. Post update

    Offside, Nottingham Forest. Ryan Mendes tries a through ball, but Chris Burke is caught offside.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ryan Mendes (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Ben Osborn.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kelvin Wilson (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ben Osborn with a cross following a corner.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Nottingham Forest. David Vaughan replaces Kyle Ebecilio.