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Nottingham Forest 0-1 Blackburn Rovers

Tommie Hoban
Tommie Hoban's goal was his first in four-and-a-half years

Tommie Hoban scored a late winner for Blackburn at Nottingham Forest to boost Rovers' Championship survival hopes and leave Forest in relegation trouble.

Rovers had the better first-half efforts as Connor Mahoney's free-kick and Hope Akpan's header went close.

Forest's best move saw Armand Traore poke just wide but on-loan Hoban's header earned Rovers victory.

Blackburn still sit in the final relegation spot, with Forest two points above them.

Reds striker Britt Assombalonga was denied in the closing stages when goalkeeper David Raya, playing in his first Championship match in 20 months, spread himself to block inside the six-yard box.

In a game of few other meaningful chances, the Lancashire side got three points when on-loan Watford defender Hoban headed in Mahoney's corner.

Tony Mowbray's side were winless in seven league games but still face the prospect of dropping into the third tier for the first time since the 1979-80 season with four games to go.

Forest have not won in their last six meetings with Blackburn and have just one victory in their past seven league matches.

Nottingham Forest manager Mark Warburton:

"We did not do enough to win the game today, it is as simple as that. We started brightly, for 10 minutes or so we looked very good.

"I thought we were going to pick up from last weekend. But the simple fact is that we were sloppy and we gave the ball away cheaply.

"We never really showed enough quality to deserve to take the three points. It was a scrappy game with very few chances for both teams."

Blackburn manager Tony Mowbray:

"I am not going to get too emotional because one result does not mean very much to us yet. Our target over Easter was to get six points from the two games.

"We felt that we had to get that, following a bad weekend last weekend, when everyone else around us won. We knew this weekend would be a big, big test for us.

"The first part of it we have managed to get through. But now we have another huge game to get through."

Line-ups

Nottm Forest

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 43Smith
  • 42Worrall
  • 5MillsSubstituted forMancienneat 45'minutes
  • 6TraoreBooked at 11mins
  • 2Lichaj
  • 8CohenBooked at 90mins
  • 24VaughanSubstituted forCashat 61'minutes
  • 11OsbornBooked at 77mins
  • 19WardSubstituted forAssombalongaat 72'minutes
  • 16Clough
  • 45Brereton

Substitutes

  • 4Mancienne
  • 9Assombalonga
  • 18Carayol
  • 26Evtimov
  • 28Lam
  • 39Vellios
  • 41Cash

Blackburn

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 33Raya
  • 24Nyambe
  • 15WardBooked at 53mins
  • 4Hoban
  • 5WilliamsBooked at 65mins
  • 28Mahoney
  • 6Lowe
  • 21Akpan
  • 7FeeneySubstituted forStokesat 63'minutes
  • 31BennettBooked at 74mins
  • 19GallagherSubstituted forLucas Joãoat 72'minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 9Stokes
  • 17Emnes
  • 18Lucas João
  • 23Guthrie
  • 27Tomlinson
  • 30Brown
  • 37Fisher
Referee:
Roger East
Attendance:
26,279

Match Stats

Home TeamNottm ForestAway TeamBlackburn
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home12
Away7
Shots on Target
Home3
Away1
Corners
Home7
Away4
Fouls
Home17
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Nottingham Forest 0, Blackburn Rovers 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Nottingham Forest 0, Blackburn Rovers 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Matthew Cash (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Eric Lichaj.

  4. Booking

    Lucas João (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

  5. Booking

    Chris Cohen (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Chris Cohen (Nottingham Forest).

  7. Post update

    Lucas João (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Chris Cohen (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Connor Mahoney (Blackburn Rovers).

  10. Post update

    Foul by Ben Brereton (Nottingham Forest).

  11. Post update

    Connor Mahoney (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Joe Worrall (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right following a corner.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Elliott Bennett.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Britt Assombalonga (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Eric Lichaj with a cross.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Michael Mancienne.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Ben Brereton (Nottingham Forest).

  17. Post update

    Connor Mahoney (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Joe Worrall (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ben Osborn with a cross following a set piece situation.

  19. Post update

    Ben Brereton (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Brighton42278771353689
2Newcastle42267975363985
3Huddersfield41245125348577
4Leeds422271356401673
5Reading41227125657-173
6Sheff Wed422191254411372
7Fulham4219131075532270
8Derby421711144845362
9Preston421613136154761
10Norwich42179167365860
11Brentford421781769591059
12Aston Villa411513134340358
13Barnsley421511166059156
14Cardiff421510175659-355
15Ipswich421216144552-752
16Wolves41149185154-351
17QPR42148204857-950
18Bristol City42138215562-747
19Birmingham421114174261-1947
20Nottm Forest42129215667-1145
21Burton421112194257-1545
22Blackburn421013194863-1543
23Wigan421010223853-1540
24Rotherham4246323694-5818
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