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Nottingham Forest 1-0 Preston North End

Nelson Oliveira
Nelson Oliveira has scored nine goals in 28 Championship appearances this season

Nelson Oliveira's ninth goal of the season was enough to earn victory over Preston North End and halt Nottingham Forest's four-game losing streak.

The on-loan Benfica striker finished off a fine counter attack to score into an empty net before the break.

Ryan Mendes should have made it 2-0 but headed Chris Cohen's free-kick over the bar and also fired an effort wide.

Preston, who stay 10th, four points above Forest in 13th, almost levelled through Jordan Hugill's header.

However, he was denied by Reds keeper Dorus De Vries, who made a superb low diving stop to scoop the ball off the line.

And although Mendes missed another chance that would have avoided a nervy finale, the hosts were able to see out a victory which takes them to within 11 points of the play-off places.

Nottingham Forest boss Dougie Freedman:

"I am very pleased - I thought we deserved to win.

"We could have scored a few more, we created a few chances, although it was a bit nervy towards the end and credit to Preston for that.

"I thought we threatened their goal all night from start to finish, but we had to make sure we got the win after four defeats and we did that."

Preston boss Simon Grayson:

"There wasn't much in the first half, I thought we looked quite comfortable and they didn't threaten us too often.

"We were unfortunate for the goal - they broke quickly on the counter and before you know it the ball's in the net.

"We changed it at half-time to give us a bit of a threat going forward because we have to try and win games at this stage of the season."

Line-ups

Nottm Forest

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1de Vries
  • 2Lichaj
  • 5Mills
  • 4MancienneBooked at 45mins
  • 8CohenSubstituted forJokicat 72'minutes
  • 15Mendes da GraçaBooked at 33minsSubstituted forVaughanat 83'minutes
  • 22Gardner
  • 32TescheBooked at 66mins
  • 38Osborn
  • 29O'Grady
  • 17OliveiraSubstituted forGrantat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Jokic
  • 6Wilson
  • 24Vaughan
  • 26Evtimov
  • 37Grant
  • 41McDonagh
  • 44Petravicius

Preston

Formation 5-3-2

  • 1Lindegaard
  • 15Woods
  • 5Clarke
  • 23HuntingtonBooked at 90mins
  • 6WrightSubstituted forRobinsonat 45'minutes
  • 3Cunningham
  • 11JohnsonBooked at 56mins
  • 4Pearson
  • 12GallagherSubstituted forDoyleat 77'minutes
  • 32Reach
  • 14GarnerBooked at 39minsSubstituted forHugillat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Vermijl
  • 13Doyle
  • 19Welsh
  • 25Hugill
  • 30Smith
  • 37Robinson
  • 43Kirkland
Referee:
Mark Brown
Attendance:
16,747

Match Stats

Home TeamNottm ForestAway TeamPreston
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home15
Away14
Shots on Target
Home4
Away6
Corners
Home3
Away8
Fouls
Home14
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

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

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Matt Mills (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Jordan Hugill (Preston North End).

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Chris O'Grady (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Calum Woods (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Matt Mills.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by David Vaughan.

  9. Booking

    Paul Huntington (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  10. Post update

    David Vaughan (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Paul Huntington (Preston North End).

  12. Post update

    Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Daniel Johnson.

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Gary Gardner (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris O'Grady.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Nottingham Forest. David Vaughan replaces Ryan Mendes.

  15. Post update

    Offside, Nottingham Forest. Chris O'Grady tries a through ball, but Robert Tesche is caught offside.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Dorus de Vries.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Adam Reach (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Callum Robinson.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Gary Gardner (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Eric Lichaj.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jordan Hugill (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Calum Woods with a cross.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ryan Mendes (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.