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Cardiff City 1-1 Nottingham Forest

Aron Gunnarsson scores Cardiff' equaliser
Aron Gunnarsson scored his second goal of the season to bring Cardiff City level

Cardiff City fell further adrift of the Championship play-off places as they drew with Nottingham Forest.

Oliver Burke's sweet finish gave Forest an early lead before Cardiff responded with Aron Gunnarsson's deflected strike.

The Bluebirds dominated for long spells but were frustrated by a Forest side now unbeaten in seven games.

Tenth-placed Cardiff are now six points behind the play-off spots with Forest up to 14th.

Wayward finishing was the cause of Cardiff's demise as they had lost both their previous matches, and they were similarly unable to make their dominance pay against Forest.

Dougie Freedman's side had to withstand heavy pressure and, although they seemed content with a point, it was the visitors who took the lead.

A quick counter-attack culminated in a pass from Dexter Blackstock to Burke, who used the outside of his right foot to deftly guide a swerving shot into the net for his first Forest goal.

Oliver Burke celebrates with his Nottingham Forest after scoring the opening goal
Oliver Burke, 18, celebrates after scoring his first Nottingham Forest goal to give the visitors the lead

Cardiff's response was swift as, three minutes later, Gunnarsson's 20-yard shot took a sharp deflection to leave Forest keeper Dorus de Vries stranded.

The former Swansea stopper had a busy first half, holding on to a Joe Ralls shot before reacting superbly to deny Tony Watt with a one-handed save low to his left.

Despite Cardiff's dominance, the score remained 1-1 at the interval, and Russell Slade's side continued to press in the second half with Gunnarsson heading wide.

The hosts' attacking threat faded as the game wore on, however, and it was Forest who had the final chance as another former Swansea player, substitute Nelson Oliveira, blazed a close-range rebound over the bar.

Cardiff boss Russell Slade: "They parked the bus in the second half, sat very, very deep and made it difficult for us.

"They lived on the counter-attack and we could not unlock the door which is very frustrating, even though we did a lot of very good things in the game.

"They tried to kill the game and see it out from an early stage, but we should have been adding to our tally with the three good first-half chances we had.

"We will just keep working at it, and we played well against a good Forest side who, had they been any deeper, they would have needed snorkels."

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman: "I think we should have won it at the end, we had the two best chances of the game during that last 15 minutes.

"We tried to slow everything down and quiet their fans down and we felt that was the best way to do it.

"We made a lot of changes and we didn't complain about the number of fixtures. The younger guys we had come in gave us some freshness and allowed us to keep some guys on the bench and bring them on to try and win the game.

"With our transfer embargo I am going to need to be able to call on these players to get us through to the end of the season."

Line-ups

Cardiff

  • 1Marshall
  • 2Peltier
  • 5Ecuele Manga
  • 16Connolly
  • 3da SilvaBooked at 87mins
  • 11NooneSubstituted forMachedaat 82'minutes
  • 17GunnarssonSubstituted forWhittinghamat 70'minutes
  • 8Ralls
  • 13Pilkington
  • 33Watt
  • 9JonesSubstituted forAmeobiat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Whittingham
  • 10Mason
  • 14Macheda
  • 21Moore
  • 22O'Keefe
  • 28Malone
  • 38Ameobi

Nottm Forest

  • 1de Vries
  • 2Lichaj
  • 5Mills
  • 25Hobbs
  • 4Mancienne
  • 32Tesche
  • 18Trotter
  • 35BurkeSubstituted forLansburyat 85'minutes
  • 20WilliamsSubstituted forOsbornat 71'minutes
  • 19WardBooked at 77mins
  • 23BlackstockSubstituted forOliveiraat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Lansbury
  • 15Mendes da Graça
  • 17Oliveira
  • 26Evtimov
  • 27Burke
  • 29O'Grady
  • 38Osborn
Referee:
Tim Robinson
Attendance:
15,461

Match Stats

Home TeamCardiffAway TeamNottm Forest
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home16
Away6
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away1
Fouls
Home10
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Cardiff City 1, Nottingham Forest 1.

Full Time

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

Attempt missed. Nélson Oliveira (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high following a set piece situation.

Attempt saved. Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Nélson Oliveira.

Foul by Matthew Connolly (Cardiff City).

Nélson Oliveira (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Sammy Ameobi (Cardiff City) header from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Joe Ralls.

Booking

Fabio (Cardiff City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Fabio (Cardiff City).

Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Henri Lansbury replaces Oliver Burke.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Federico Macheda replaces Craig Noone.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Nélson Oliveira replaces Dexter Blackstock.

Booking

Jamie Ward (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Craig Noone (Cardiff City).

Jamie Ward (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sammy Ameobi (Cardiff City).

Jamie Ward (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Ben Osborn replaces Jonathan Williams.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Peter Whittingham replaces Aron Gunnarsson because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City) because of an injury.

Sammy Ameobi (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jamie Ward (Nottingham Forest).

Foul by Sammy Ameobi (Cardiff City).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Sammy Ameobi replaces Kenwyne Jones.

Foul by Matthew Connolly (Cardiff City).

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

Attempt blocked. Lee Peltier (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tony Watt.

Attempt blocked. Matthew Connolly (Cardiff City) header from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Anthony Pilkington with a cross.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Jack Hobbs.

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

Foul by Oliver Burke (Nottingham Forest).

Attempt missed. Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City) header from the right side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by Craig Noone with a cross following a set piece situation.

Attempt blocked. Joe Ralls (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Middlesbrough23154434122249
2Derby24139237152248
3Hull24135634171744
4Brighton24111123124744
5Burnley24118534231141
6Ipswich2411763430440
7Sheff Wed249963528736
8Brentford2410683633336
9Birmingham2410682826236
10Cardiff2481062926334
11Wolves248793132-131
12Leeds2471072527-231
13Reading2486102928130
14Nottm Forest247982423130
15QPR247982931-230
16Blackburn2361072220228
17Preston2461081921-228
18Fulham246994042-227
19Huddersfield2467112836-825
20MK Dons2464142032-1222
21Rotherham2463152942-1321
22Bristol City2449112243-2121
23Charlton2447132041-2119
24Bolton24211111937-1817
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