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Nottingham Forest 0-1 Hull City

Abel Hernandez celebrates his goal at Forest
Forest were convinced Hernandez's goal came from an unfairly taken corner

A first-half strike from Abel Hernandez gave Hull City victory at Nottingham Forest to keep them in fifth place.

Both sides had gone close with long range efforts before the visitors were awarded a penalty as Shaun Maloney went down under a challenge from Matt Mills.

Hernandez saw a weak spot-kick kept out by Dorus De Vries but soon made amends, tapping in following a quick corner.

In an ill-tempered finale Mills was shown a straight red card for a late challenge on Chuba Akpom.

It was a third successive home defeat for Forest but they enjoyed plenty of possession in an entertaining opening, Nelson Oliveira having a 25-yard effort tipped around the post by Hull goalkeeper Allan McGregor at full stretch.

Mohamed Diame rattled the bar with a left-footed attempt from a similar distance, while Chris O'Grady spurned a fine chance for Forest when he elected to go alone with Ryan Mendes better placed and his shot was saved by McGregor.

Referee Nigel Miller adjudged that Mills had clipped Maloney when the striker nipped in on the blind side but the resulting penalty was neither well struck or placed.

However Maloney's quick thinking caught Forest napping and the set piece was flicked on for Hernandez to slide in at the far post, De Vries booked for his protestations that the corner had been unfairly taken.

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Bruce on Nottingham Forest v Hull City

Oliveira tested McGregor in a scrappier second half, while De Vries needed a smart save at his near post to deny former Forest favourite Michael Dawson and Mendes fizzed a shot across the face of goal for the home side.

A scuffle involving a group of players resulted in yellow cards for Eric Lichaj and Sam Clucas before Mills was dismissed for a crude lunging challenge as Hull recorded a fourth successive league victory at the City Ground, which left them one of four sides in the play-off places on 18 points.

Forest boss Dougie Freedman:

"It was an outstanding performance, we were excellent. We played at a really high tempo. We created a lot of opportunities and we felt we deserved more.

"We were disappointed with the goal, it was a bad goal to give away, with Maloney taking a quick corner to catch us out, the first goal was so, so crucial. That has never been as important in football as it is now. It changed the whole course of the game."

(On the red card for Mills)"I have not seen a replay of it, but it looked reckless at the time. I have no complaints about the referee."

Hull manager Steve Bruce told BBC Radio Humberside:

"All of a sudden we're unbeaten in five and showing a bit of resilience which for me, away from home, was missing.

"Certainly today, we can improve - I thought we gave the ball away too cheaply especially in the first half

"I'm always demanding better I suppose. We give the ball away in bad areas too often for me and that clouded all the good stuff what we had."

Forest v Hull
Tempers frayed in the closing stages at the City Ground
Matt Mills is dimissed
Mills had already been booked for an earlier foul but was shown a straight red card

Line-ups

Nottm Forest

  • 1de VriesBooked at 42mins
  • 2LichajBooked at 85mins
  • 5MillsBooked at 87mins
  • 25Hobbs
  • 31Pinillos
  • 10Lansbury
  • 4MancienneSubstituted forEbecilioat 56'minutesSubstituted forWardat 77'minutes
  • 24Vaughan
  • 17Oliveira
  • 29O'Grady
  • 15Mendes da GraçaSubstituted forWalkerat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 13Fox
  • 14Ebecilio
  • 19Ward
  • 20Williams
  • 26Evtimov
  • 27Burke
  • 34Walker

Hull

  • 1McGregor
  • 27El Mohamady
  • 21DawsonBooked at 42mins
  • 6DaviesBooked at 33mins
  • 2Odubajo
  • 14Livermore
  • 8HuddlestoneSubstituted forMeylerat 79'minutes
  • 17DiaméSubstituted forAlukoat 69'minutes
  • 11ClucasBooked at 85mins
  • 9HernándezSubstituted forAkpomat 74'minutes
  • 15Maloney

Substitutes

  • 4Bruce
  • 7Meyler
  • 12Maguire
  • 16Jakupovic
  • 19Akpom
  • 24Aluko
  • 26Robertson
Referee:
Nigel Miller
Attendance:
20,985

Match Stats

Home TeamNottm ForestAway TeamHull
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home28
Away15
Shots on Target
Home8
Away8
Corners
Home9
Away8
Fouls
Home11
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Nottingham Forest 0, Hull City 1.

Full Time

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

Attempt missed. Nélson Oliveira (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Jamie Ward.

Attempt missed. Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Attempt missed. Jamie Ward (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Nélson Oliveira.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Moses Odubajo.

Attempt missed. Jamie Ward (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left following a corner.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Curtis Davies.

Attempt blocked. Tyler Walker (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is blocked. Assisted by Daniel Pinillos with a cross.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Chuba Akpom (Hull City) because of an injury.

Dismissal

Matt Mills (Nottingham Forest) is shown the red card for violent conduct.

Chuba Akpom (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Matt Mills (Nottingham Forest).

Attempt missed. Matt Mills (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Henri Lansbury with a cross following a corner.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Booking

Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Sam Clucas (Hull City) is shown the yellow card.

Delay in match David Meyler (Hull City) because of an injury.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Moses Odubajo.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Tyler Walker replaces Ryan Mendes.

Chuba Akpom (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by David Vaughan (Nottingham Forest).

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Curtis Davies.

Attempt saved. Jamie Ward (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by David Vaughan.

Attempt missed. Ryan Mendes (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jamie Ward.

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. David Meyler replaces Tom Huddlestone.

Attempt missed. Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left from a direct free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Jamie Ward replaces Kyle Ebecilio.

Foul by Sam Clucas (Hull City).

Kyle Ebecilio (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Ryan Mendes (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Kyle Ebecilio.

Attempt missed. Nélson Oliveira (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Nélson Oliveira (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Henri Lansbury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. Chuba Akpom replaces Abel Hernández because of an injury.

Delay in match Abel Hernández (Hull City) because of an injury.

Attempt blocked. Kyle Ebecilio (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Shaun Maloney (Hull City).

Ryan Mendes (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Brighton10640148622
2Middlesbrough106221771020
3Reading10532167918
4Birmingham105321610618
5Hull10532137618
6Burnley105321411318
7Derby10451127517
8Cardiff104421411316
9Wolves104331511415
10Sheff Wed104331514115
11QPR104331820-215
12Ipswich104331517-215
13Nottm Forest10334910-112
14Blackburn102531210211
15Fulham93241514111
16Leeds10253913-411
17Huddersfield102441014-410
18Charlton9234912-39
19MK Dons10226914-58
20Brentford102261219-78
21Rotherham102261219-78
22Bolton10154916-78
23Preston10145713-67
24Bristol City101451220-87
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