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Preston1Nottm Forest0

Preston North End 1-0 Nottingham Forest

Angry Preston North End players surround Nottingham Forest's Dexter Blackstock
Dexter Blackstock and his Nottingham Forest team-mates have now scored just two goals in their last six matches

Eoin Doyle netted his first goal for Preston to stretch Nottingham Forest's winless run to eight matches.

Doyle scored on the rebound after a swift second-minute breakaway and the hosts held on for a fifth consecutive clean sheet to go above Forest and up to 16th in the Championship table.

Joe Garner almost made it 2-0 but the Reds rallied and Ryan Mendes, Jamie Ward and Nelson Oliveira went close.

A dull second half saw little in the way of chances as Preston held on.

Forest boss Dougie Freedman had dismissed talk of feeling the pressure as a result of his side's poor run, which has now seen them score just twice in six matches and slip to 19th place.

But with key forwards Britt Assombalonga and Matt Fryatt out injured, they once again lacked the finishing touch up front despite having several good opportunities after the early setback.

On-loan Cardiff City striker Doyle scored his first goal in eight appearances for the hosts, finishing past Dorus de Vries at the near post after the goalkeeper had saved from Daniel Johnson.

After Garner headed a good chance over, Forest dominated the first half with Ward going closest when his strike clipped the bar.

The second half provided little action in either penalty box as Forest ran out of ideas against a side happy to trust their in-form defence to ensure victory.

Preston manager Simon Grayson:

"It's a fantastic achievement to get five clean sheets on the trot.

"To do it in any league takes some doing but at this level with the players we've been against.

"There's a huge amount of credit to the lads, as individuals and as a team."

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman:

"I've seen enough over six or seven games that we are in a very false position.

"I understand that everybody at the football club would be concerned but I'm certainly not from what I see.

"You're going to have difficult moments in a season and this is one - I don't see us anywhere near a relegation battle."

Line-ups

Preston

  • 1Pickford
  • 2VermijlSubstituted forHuntingtonat 83'minutesBooked at 85mins
  • 15Woods
  • 6Wright
  • 3Cunningham
  • 32Reach
  • 16BrowneSubstituted forWelshat 57'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 12Gallagher
  • 11Johnson
  • 14Garner
  • 13DoyleSubstituted forKilkennyat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Kilkenny
  • 9Keane
  • 19Welsh
  • 23Huntington
  • 24May
  • 25Hugill
  • 43Kirkland

Nottm Forest

  • 1de Vries
  • 2Lichaj
  • 5Mills
  • 25Hobbs
  • 31Pinillos
  • 19WardSubstituted forBlackstockat 81'minutesBooked at 85mins
  • 18Trotter
  • 37GrantSubstituted forWalkerat 63'minutes
  • 38Osborn
  • 15Mendes da GraçaSubstituted forWilliamsat 63'minutes
  • 17Oliveira

Substitutes

  • 6Wilson
  • 20Williams
  • 23Blackstock
  • 26Evtimov
  • 27Burke
  • 29O'Grady
  • 34Walker
Referee:
Tony Harrington
Attendance:
10,216

Match Stats

Home TeamPrestonAway TeamNottm Forest
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home10
Away15
Shots on Target
Home4
Away6
Corners
Home0
Away6
Fouls
Home9
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Preston North End 1, Nottingham Forest 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Preston North End 1, Nottingham Forest 0.

Jonathan Williams (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Joe Garner (Preston North End).

Attempt missed. Daniel Pinillos (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left following a set piece situation.

Booking

John Welsh (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Jonathan Williams (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by John Welsh (Preston North End).

Foul by Dexter Blackstock (Nottingham Forest).

Bailey Wright (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Paul Huntington (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Dexter Blackstock (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Bailey Wright.

Foul by Greg Cunningham (Preston North End).

Tyler Walker (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Paul Huntington replaces Marnick Vermijl.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Neil Kilkenny replaces Eoin Doyle.

Attempt saved. Nélson Oliveira (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Daniel Pinillos.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Dexter Blackstock replaces Jamie Ward.

Offside, Preston North End. Paul Gallagher tries a through ball, but Joe Garner is caught offside.

Jamie Ward (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Eoin Doyle (Preston North End).

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Greg Cunningham.

Attempt missed. Daniel Johnson (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Eoin Doyle.

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Nélson Oliveira tries a through ball, but Tyler Walker is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Joe Garner (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by John Welsh.

Foul by Tyler Walker (Nottingham Forest).

Bailey Wright (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Jonathan Williams (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Marnick Vermijl (Preston North End).

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Greg Cunningham.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Jonathan Williams replaces Ryan Mendes.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Tyler Walker replaces Jorge Grant.

Attempt blocked. Ben Osborn (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Greg Cunningham.

Attempt blocked. Ryan Mendes (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. John Welsh replaces Alan Browne.

Foul by Ben Osborn (Nottingham Forest).

Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest).

goal

As It Stood

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1Hull159422381531
2Burnley159422314931
3Brighton158701911831
4Middlesbrough159332491530
5Derby1586122101230
6Birmingham157441915425
7Reading156632315824
8Sheff Wed156631916324
9Cardiff155731512322
10Ipswich155641821-321
11Fulham155552723420
12Brentford156272022-220
13QPR155462224-219
14Wolves155372021-118
15Blackburn153751414016
16Preston153751113-216
17Leeds153751319-616
18Huddersfield153661620-415
19Nottm Forest153571116-514
20MK Dons154291321-814
21Bristol City153571726-914
22Bolton151771022-1210
23Charlton152491125-1410
24Rotherham1523101528-139
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