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Nottingham Forest 3-1 Reading

Nelson Oliveira
Nelson Oliveira is Nottingham Forest's leading scorer with four goals

Nelson Oliveira's double helped Nottingham Forest to only their second win in 11 games as Reading were beaten at the City Ground.

Matej Vydra side-footed the Royals in front when Oliver Norwood's shot deflected into his path.

Chris O'Grady levelled with a close-range shot, and Oliveira's superb 20-yard curler put the hosts ahead.

Oliveira tapped in O'Grady's cross after the break before Forest's Jack Hobbs received a red card.

The game came alive after a subdued start when Norwood's scuffed shot dropped kindly for Vydra to beat Dorus de Vries from close range.

But Forest - who had not scored more than twice in a league game all season - turned the match on its head.

Ryan Mendes laid the ball back for O'Grady, whose shot was spilled into his own net by Reading keeper Ali Al-Habsi for his first Forest goal.

Mendes then launched a swift counter-attack from a Reading corner, running 50 yards before sweeping a pass to Oliveira, whose superb curling shot found the top corner.

De Vries acrobatically turned Norwood's 30-yard free-kick around the post, but Forest went further ahead when O'Grady crossed for Oliveira to tap in his second.

Mendes went close to a fourth before the hosts lost defender Hobbs to his second yellow card for a late challenge on Vydra with 25 minutes left.

But Reading could not take advantage and drop to ninth, while Forest move up to 16th.

Forest manager Dougie Freedman:

"At last, we have got the result we deserved. You have to deal with setbacks in this division and I felt that we did that today.

"When we got a goal back, it felt as though there would only be one winner, even after the sending-off.

"People thought we were going to be defensive, but we chucked two forwards into the team and played on the front foot. Nelson is capable of getting goals like that."

Reading manager Steve Clarke:

"You always hope you can get something out of a game, even when you are two goals behind, but the sending-off seemed to focus Forest's minds a little.

"They played with two banks of four, in midfield and defence and they made it difficult for us. They crowded the penalty area and made it difficult for us to create anything.

"Every team has difficult moments, but we believe we can come through this one and still challenge."

Line-ups

Nottm Forest

  • 1de Vries
  • 2Lichaj
  • 5Mills
  • 25HobbsBooked at 66mins
  • 31Pinillos
  • 15Mendes da GraçaSubstituted forMancienneat 79'minutes
  • 24VaughanBooked at 90mins
  • 10Lansbury
  • 38Osborn
  • 17OliveiraSubstituted forWilsonat 69'minutes
  • 29O'GradySubstituted forTrotterat 89'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Mancienne
  • 6Wilson
  • 18Trotter
  • 20Williams
  • 23Blackstock
  • 26Evtimov
  • 37Grant

Reading

  • 26Al Habsi
  • 2Gunter
  • 8HectorBooked at 54mins
  • 5McShaneSubstituted forLiburdat 85'minutes
  • 3Taylor
  • 23WilliamsBooked at 86mins
  • 6Norwood
  • 22Blackman
  • 7Vydra
  • 17PiazonSubstituted forJohnat 69'minutesBooked at 89mins
  • 10Substituted forHurtadoat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Bond
  • 11Obita
  • 15Ferdinand
  • 16Hurtado
  • 20John
  • 35Cooper
  • 41Liburd
Referee:
Keith Hill
Attendance:
18,128

Match Stats

Home TeamNottm ForestAway TeamReading
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home12
Away20
Shots on Target
Home5
Away6
Corners
Home4
Away9
Fouls
Home17
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Nottingham Forest 3, Reading 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Nottingham Forest 3, Reading 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Nick Blackman (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Matej Vydra.

  4. Booking

    David Vaughan (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  5. Post update

    Nick Blackman (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  6. Post update

    Foul by David Vaughan (Nottingham Forest).

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ola John (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Nick Blackman.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Reading. Conceded by Matt Mills.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Rowan Liburd (Reading) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ola John.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Nick Blackman (Reading) left footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Ola John with a cross.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Reading. Conceded by Dorus de Vries.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Danny Williams (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ola John.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Liam Trotter replaces Chris O'Grady.

  14. Booking

    Ola John (Reading) is shown the yellow card.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Ola John (Reading).

  16. Post update

    Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Booking

    Danny Williams (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Danny Williams (Reading).

  19. Post update

    Ben Osborn (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Reading. Rowan Liburd replaces Paul McShane.