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Nottm Forest2Burton0

Nottingham Forest 2-0 Burton Albion

Barrie McKay
Barrie McKay has four assists this season as well as three league goals

Nottingham Forest secured their third win in eight matches as Burton failed to score for a fifth straight game.

The Brewers had the best chance of an uneventful first half when Eric Lichaj's superb goal-line block denied Lloyd Dyer.

Forest started the second half much better and led when Stephen Bywater's punched clearance fell to Barrie McKay, who volleyed into the top corner.

Lichaj fired home a close-range second after a neat flick from McKay.

Burton have the joint-worst defensive record in the Championship with 25 goals conceded, but they kicked off on the back of three successive clean sheets away from home, and their disciplined defence restricted Forest to just one shot on target in the first half.

Albion also have the Championship's bluntest attack with just six goals this campaign, but created the better openings before the break, with Jake Buxton flicking an effort wide from Jamie Allen's free-kick.

Mark Warburton's side came out with much more pace and threat after half-time and overwhelmed the visitors, Liam Bridcutt and Ben Osborn forcing flying saves from Bywater with long-range efforts.

Dyer dragged a late shot wide as Nigel Clough's side equalled their longest goal drought in the league with another fruitless afternoon in front of goal. They have scored only once away from home in the league this season.

Forest, who kept only their third clean sheet of the season, moved up to 12th and within three points of the play-off places, while Burton stay 22nd after their third league defeat in four matches.

Nottingham Forest manager Mark Warburton:

"The message at half-time was just to play our game, because the crowd were getting restless.

"All we needed to do was change the tempo and we saw that in the second half, when we were much better.

"It sounds very basic, but it is true; move the ball quickly, play one and two-touch football. Play the ball forward, split units and be positive in your decision-making and you will get your rewards."

Burton Albion boss Nigel Clough:

"For all the work you do in the middle of the pitch, results normally come down to what you do in both penalty areas and at the moment, we are not good enough in either of them.

"We just seem to have a lack of confidence at the minute; we take that extra touch, we want that extra moment, instead of getting a shot away.

"We had chances to win the game in the first half, with one great chance in particular. With the atmosphere around the ground at that point, had we got the goal, it might have been enough.

"The breaks seemed to go Forest's way, but we have to do more ourselves. We cannot bemoan refereeing decisions."

Line-ups

Nottm Forest

  • 43Smith
  • 2Lichaj
  • 4Mancienne
  • 13Fox
  • 6TraoreSubstituted forWorrallat 23'minutes
  • 7Bridcutt
  • 24VaughanSubstituted forBouchalakisat 74'minutes
  • 10McKay
  • 35CummingsSubstituted forDowellat 73'minutes
  • 11Osborn
  • 9Murphy

Substitutes

  • 17Brereton
  • 19Ward
  • 20Dowell
  • 27Darikwa
  • 30Henderson
  • 31Bouchalakis
  • 42Worrall

Burton

  • 1Bywater
  • 23Buxton
  • 5McFadzean
  • 6TurnerBooked at 47minsSubstituted forVarneyat 80'minutes
  • 2BrayfordSubstituted forFlanaganat 14'minutes
  • 7MurphyBooked at 57mins
  • 4Allen
  • 3Warnock
  • 9Scannell
  • 10AkinsSubstituted forSordellat 45'minutes
  • 11Dyer

Substitutes

  • 8Lund
  • 12Flanagan
  • 13Ripley
  • 15Naylor
  • 16Varney
  • 17Sordell
  • 21Akpan
Referee:
Keith Stroud
Attendance:
24,686

Match Stats

Home TeamNottm ForestAway TeamBurton
Possession
Home70%
Away30%
Shots
Home13
Away10
Shots on Target
Home6
Away1
Corners
Home4
Away6
Fouls
Home13
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Nottingham Forest 2, Burton Albion 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Nottingham Forest 2, Burton Albion 0.

Attempt missed. Tom Flanagan (Burton Albion) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Jamie Allen with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Joe Worrall.

Attempt blocked. Marvin Sordell (Burton Albion) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Luke Varney.

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

Foul by Tom Flanagan (Burton Albion).

Foul by Liam Bridcutt (Nottingham Forest).

Sean Scannell (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Lloyd Dyer (Burton Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Sean Scannell.

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Michael Mancienne.

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Daniel Fox.

Foul by Joe Worrall (Nottingham Forest).

Marvin Sordell (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ben Osborn (Nottingham Forest).

Jamie Allen (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Burton Albion. Luke Varney replaces Ben Turner.

Liam Bridcutt (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lloyd Dyer (Burton Albion).

Goal!

Goal! Nottingham Forest 2, Burton Albion 0. Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Barrie McKay.

Attempt blocked. Andreas Bouchalakis (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Daryl Murphy.

Attempt saved. Lloyd Dyer (Burton Albion) header from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ben Turner with a through ball.

Kieran Dowell (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jake Buxton (Burton Albion).

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Andreas Bouchalakis replaces David Vaughan.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Kieran Dowell replaces Jason Cummings.

Attempt saved. Daryl Murphy (Nottingham Forest) header from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ben Osborn with a cross.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Kyle McFadzean.

Attempt missed. Barrie McKay (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Liam Bridcutt.

Jason Cummings (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jake Buxton (Burton Albion).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Ben Turner (Burton Albion) because of an injury.

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

Foul by Lloyd Dyer (Burton Albion).

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Stephen Bywater.

Attempt saved. Ben Osborn (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Jason Cummings.

Attempt blocked. Sean Scannell (Burton Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ben Turner.

Foul by Barrie McKay (Nottingham Forest).

Stephen Warnock (Burton Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

goal

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