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Bristol City 2-1 Nottingham Forest

Bristol City celebrate
Bristol City celebrate midfielder Marlon Pack's first goal since April

Bristol City continued their impressive form with a hard-fought home victory over Nottingham Forest, their fourth successive Championship win.

Marlon Pack's 20-yard strike, his first goal of the season, and Joe Bryan's deflected effort put City 2-0 up.

Kieran Dowell then cut Forest's deficit moments after the break, guiding a long-range shot over Frank Fielding.

Tyler Walker came close to equalising, but the Robins held on to remain four points off second-placed Cardiff City.

Lee Johnson's side, who face Manchester United in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals on Wednesday, have now won eight of their past 10 games in all competitions.

Having controlled large parts of the first period, they were made to work hard for their victory after Dowell's eighth of the season made it 2-1.

Walker saw his attempt from inside the area diverted just wide, before Ben Osborn drilled narrowly over the bar from the edge of the box.

But Forest, who remain seven points outside the top six, were unable to find a second goal, meaning they have still not drawn a match this season.

Bristol City's players and staff dedicated their 2-1 victory over Nottingham Forest to the family of eight-year-old Robins fan Ben Pritchard, who died from a brain tumour last month.

Bristol City assistant head coach Dean Holden:

"We deserved to win the game and can now go into the Carabao Cup quarter-final with Manchester United full of confidence.

"Ever since the draw was made people have been wanting to know about that game. But we had a lot of important league fixtures in between and the lads have done really well to concentrate on each one.

"Now we can actually concentrate all our efforts on the tremendous challenge of trying to beat a fantastic team."

Nottingham Forest manager Mark Warburton told BBC Nottingham:

"We were 2-0 down because we didn't create chances and didn't look after the football well enough.

''I just thought we showed real energy in the second half. We have a really good, young, hungry squad.

''With Ben Osborn to come on and play in that manner speaks wonders about his quality."

Line-ups

Bristol City

  • 1Fielding
  • 5Wright
  • 4Flint
  • 6Baker
  • 23Magnusson
  • 8BrownhillBooked at 25mins
  • 21Pack
  • 7Smith
  • 3Bryan
  • 20PatersonSubstituted forTaylorat 77'minutes
  • 14ReidSubstituted forWoodrowat 90+2'minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 10Taylor
  • 15Steele
  • 18Woodrow
  • 19Eliasson
  • 22Djuric
  • 26Vyner
  • 45Leko

Nottm Forest

  • 43Smith
  • 4Mancienne
  • 42WorrallBooked at 86mins
  • 5MillsSubstituted forOsbornat 45+1'minutes
  • 2Lichaj
  • 7BridcuttBooked at 63mins
  • 31BouchalakisSubstituted forCloughat 63'minutes
  • 34Walker
  • 20Dowell
  • 18CarayolSubstituted forBreretonat 77'minutes
  • 9Murphy

Substitutes

  • 10McKay
  • 11Osborn
  • 14Cash
  • 16Clough
  • 17Brereton
  • 19Ward
  • 26Evtimov
Referee:
James Linington
Attendance:
20,128

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol CityAway TeamNottm Forest
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home15
Away10
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home4
Away15

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As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wolves22163342172551
2Cardiff22145333161747
3Bristol City22127336231343
4Derby22125535211441
5Aston Villa2210752920937
6Sheff Utd2212193427737
7Leeds2211383426836
8Ipswich2211293732535
9Preston229852622435
10Middlesbrough229582822632
11Nottm Forest22100123237-530
12Fulham227872728-129
13Brentford2261063330328
14Reading227692828027
15Sheff Wed226972627-127
16Norwich227692128-727
17Millwall226882422226
18QPR226792533-825
19Hull2257103740-322
20Barnsley2256112434-1021
21Sunderland2239102738-1118
22Burton2245131440-2617
23Bolton2237122141-2016
24Birmingham2244141132-2116
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