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Nottingham Forest 0-1 Brentford

Nottingham Forest's Adlene Guedioura in action against Brentford at the City Ground
Forest have now not scored in six matches

Henrik Dalsgaard's late winner kept Brentford in the hunt for a play-off place as Nottingham Forest's goal drought stretched to six games.

The Danish right-back dived to head in Josh McEachran's 81st-minute corner as the Bees moved to within four points of the Championship play-off places.

Forest had the better of the first half with Ben Brereton going closest with a strike that crashed back off the bar.

But the visitors improved and claimed a third 1-0 win in a row.

The victory sees them close to within four points of Millwall, who are sixth after beating Bolton with just four games to play.

Forest were much improved despite their miserable goal record, with Joe Lolley and Lee Tomlin both having strikes saved by Bees goalkeeper Daniel Bentley in a lively start by the hosts.

Brentford looked neat and tidy and some typically slick attacking saw top scorer Neal Maupay shoot straight at Costel Pantilimon.

A strong penalty claim was also ignored when Romaine Sawyers went down in the box after a clumsy challenge.

However, Forest remained the more likely scorers and Brereton went agonisingly close with a brilliant right-foot curler that hit the bar from the edge of box and Adlene Guedioura shot a fraction wide of the far post from a tight angle.

A less open second period saw fewer chances, but the west Londoners were able to take the best one on offer and go 10th in the table on the back of a six-game unbeaten run.

Nottingham Forest boss Aitor Karanka told BBC Radio Nottingham:

"We were unlucky because we played a very good team at home. We hit the crossbar and the post and should have had a penalty.

"We've done almost everything, but because of one mistake, we have lost the game.

"It is the third game in the row and we have to fix mistakes.

"I hope we can play in the same way on Saturday and in that game we won't make mistakes and we can win a game at home."

Brentford boss Dean Smith:

"That's three 1-0 wins on the spin - and it shows a lot of character. Our game management was excellent.

"We're only four points from the top six, but there's some teams up there on unbelievable runs - including Fulham who we play on Saturday. All we can do is approach each game and try to win it.

"Fulham will be a mouth-watering game now, but we feel we're a good team now and we're five unbeaten."

Line-ups

Nottm Forest

  • 1Pantilimon
  • 27DarikwaBooked at 55mins
  • 3Pereira Figueiredo
  • 13Fox
  • 11Osborn
  • 5GuédiouraBooked at 52minsSubstituted forVelliosat 83'minutes
  • 18Colback
  • 32Watson
  • 23Lolley
  • 17Brereton
  • 15TomlinSubstituted forCashat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Lichaj
  • 4Mancienne
  • 7Bridcutt
  • 10McKay
  • 14Cash
  • 33Kapino
  • 39Vellios

Brentford

  • 1Bentley
  • 22Dalsgaard
  • 14Egan
  • 5Bjelland
  • 20Clarke
  • 8YennarisSubstituted forMokotjoat 78'minutes
  • 10McEachran
  • 47CanosSubstituted forMarcondesat 66'minutes
  • 19Sawyers
  • 11WatkinsSubstituted forOgbeneat 67'minutes
  • 9Maupay

Substitutes

  • 4MacLeod
  • 12Mokotjo
  • 17Marcondes
  • 24Ogbene
  • 28Daniels
  • 29Barbet
  • 33Mepham
Referee:
Andy Davies
Attendance:
20,596

Match Stats

Home TeamNottm ForestAway TeamBrentford
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home16
Away11
Shots on Target
Home2
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away8
Fouls
Home11
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Nottingham Forest 0, Brentford 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Nottingham Forest 0, Brentford 1.

John Egan (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jack Colback (Nottingham Forest).

Attempt blocked. Apostolos Vellios (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Matthew Cash.

Neal Maupay (Brentford) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Tobias Figueiredo (Nottingham Forest).

Attempt missed. Ben Watson (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Apostolos Vellios replaces Adlène Guédioura.

Goal!

Goal! Nottingham Forest 0, Brentford 1. Henrik Dalsgaard (Brentford) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Josh McEachran with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Costel Pantilimon.

Attempt blocked. Chiedozie Ogbene (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Josh Clarke.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Kamohelo Mokotjo replaces Nico Yennaris.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Daniel Fox.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Matthew Cash replaces Lee Tomlin.

Attempt missed. Adlène Guédioura (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Jack Colback.

Foul by Nico Yennaris (Brentford).

Jack Colback (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

John Egan (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ben Brereton (Nottingham Forest).

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Chiedozie Ogbene replaces Ollie Watkins.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Emiliano Marcondes replaces Sergi Canos.

Foul by Nico Yennaris (Brentford).

Tobias Figueiredo (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Romaine Sawyers (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Ben Osborn.

Attempt blocked. Joe Lolley (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Daniel Fox.

Attempt missed. Joe Lolley (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Adlène Guédioura.

Attempt missed. Neal Maupay (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Nico Yennaris.

Attempt blocked. Josh McEachran (Brentford) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ollie Watkins.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Tobias Figueiredo.

Romaine Sawyers (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Lee Tomlin (Nottingham Forest).

Booking

Tendayi Darikwa (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Ollie Watkins (Brentford) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Tendayi Darikwa (Nottingham Forest).

Attempt missed. Sergi Canos (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Henrik Dalsgaard with a cross.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Sergi Canos (Brentford) because of an injury.

Booking

Adlène Guédioura (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wolves41278674363889
2Fulham422312772413181
3Cardiff41248962352780
4Aston Villa4222101066402676
5Derby401814860382268
6Millwall4218141054391568
7Middlesbrough421991459411866
8Bristol City4217141159481165
9Sheff Utd42198155749865
10Brentford4217131258471164
11Preston421615115244863
12Ipswich42168185052-256
13Norwich421414144652-656
14Leeds42159185460-654
15QPR421411175363-1053
16Hull421114176461347
17Sheff Wed421114175059-947
18Nottm Forest41137214359-1646
19Reading421012204661-1542
20Birmingham42117243261-2940
21Bolton42912213464-3039
22Barnsley41813204261-1937
23Sunderland42615214574-2933
24Burton42711243077-4732
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