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Nottingham Forest 1-0 Sheffield United: Blades knocked off top of Championship

Lewis Grabban scores against Sheffield United
Lewis Grabban (left) has scored 10 goals in 17 games since joining Forest at the start of the season

Manager Chris Wilder says Sheffield United were punished for being "an average side" after being knocked off the Championship summit following their defeat by Nottingham Forest.

Lewis Grabban grabbed the only goal at the City Ground as the Blades were leapfrogged at the top of the Championship by Norwich City.

"There are a number of games where it's tight and you aren't playing as well as you would like to be, but you have to come away with something," Wilder told BBC Radio Sheffield.

"It's something we need to address because it's happened four or five times this season.

"It seems we have to play at our maximum to get a result, and when we don't we are an average side."

Prolific Grabban keeps on scoring

Forest striker Grabban got enough of a touch on a second-half cross from Joao Carvalho to glance home his 10th goal in 11 games, sending the hosts up to sixth in the table.

Grabban's effort was only Forest's second on goal, with a tame half-volley from defender Jack Robinson the only effort on target in a scrappy opening half.

The Blades pressed for an equaliser but failed to find a response and were overtaken by Norwich City after the Canaries beat United's Steel City rivals Sheffield Wednesday 4-0 at Hillsborough.

"The game was of a low quality with the amount of quality players that were on show, but Forest have got a result and we haven't and that's disappointing," Wilder said.

"Our back three did well, but going forward in possession we made so many bad errors."

Victory for Forest against the league leaders came as an immediate and resounding response to their Carabao Cup exit against League One side Burton Albion on Tuesday - a defeat that angered manager Aitor Karanka.

And it was a hard-earned three points in a game of few genuine chances.

While neither goalkeeper was seriously tested in the opening 45 minutes, both sides threatened.

John Egan headed the visitors' best chance of the first half wide after meeting an Oliver Norwood corner at the back post.

Grabban, who was well contained by the Blades' defence before the break, made his solitary glimpse of goal count, directing the ball beyond Dean Henderson.

The hosts held on for a seventh league win of the season, with Ben Woodburn prodding United's final chance wide in injury time.

Forest manager Aitor Karanka said he was "really pleased" for his players after the game.

"I told them that this team hasn't reached its peak because we are improving and growing a lot," he told BBC Radio Nottingham.

"The big picture today is that we beat the top-of-the-table team and the team with the best form in the league.

"We can't forget that they have been working together for three years with the same manager, working and improving every single day and we have been working together for just three or four months."

Line-ups

Nottm Forest

  • 1Pantilimon
  • 27Darikwa
  • 20Dawson
  • 3FigueiredoBooked at 71mins
  • 18RobinsonBooked at 90mins
  • 24YacobBooked at 71mins
  • 5Guédioura
  • 14CashBooked at 34minsSubstituted forBastião Diasat 83'minutes
  • 10Carvalho
  • 23Lolley
  • 7GrabbanSubstituted forAnsarifardat 90+4'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Osborn
  • 15Steele
  • 21Janko
  • 31Bastião Dias
  • 34Tachtsidis
  • 37Ansarifard
  • 44Hefele

Sheff Utd

  • 1Henderson
  • 28CranieSubstituted forWoodburnat 80'minutes
  • 12EganBooked at 88mins
  • 5O'Connell
  • 18FreemanSubstituted forBaldockat 80'minutes
  • 15CouttsSubstituted forMcGoldrickat 55'minutes
  • 16Norwood
  • 4Fleck
  • 3Stevens
  • 9Clarke
  • 10Sharp

Substitutes

  • 2Baldock
  • 11Woodburn
  • 17McGoldrick
  • 19Stearman
  • 22Johnson
  • 25Moore
  • 39Washington
Referee:
Scott Duncan
Attendance:
28,757

Match Stats

Home TeamNottm ForestAway TeamSheff Utd
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home12
Away11
Shots on Target
Home2
Away1
Corners
Home4
Away9
Fouls
Home12
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Nottingham Forest 1, Sheffield United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Nottingham Forest 1, Sheffield United 0.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Tobias Figueiredo.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Karim Ansarifard replaces Lewis Grabban.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Tobias Figueiredo.

Booking

Jack Robinson (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

George Baldock (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jack Robinson (Nottingham Forest).

Attempt blocked. Ben Woodburn (Sheffield United) header from the right side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by John Egan.

Attempt missed. John Egan (Sheffield United) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Oliver Norwood with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Jack Robinson.

Foul by Ben Woodburn (Sheffield United).

Claudio Yacob (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

John Egan (Sheffield United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by John Egan (Sheffield United).

Adlène Guédioura (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Tobias Figueiredo tries a through ball, but Lewis Grabban is caught offside.

Foul by Oliver Norwood (Sheffield United).

Adlène Guédioura (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Gil Dias replaces Matthew Cash.

Attempt missed. Joe Lolley (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Lewis Grabban.

Enda Stevens (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joe Lolley (Nottingham Forest).

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. George Baldock replaces Kieron Freeman.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Ben Woodburn replaces Martin Cranie.

Booking

Tobias Figueiredo (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Billy Sharp (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Tobias Figueiredo (Nottingham Forest).

Goal!

Goal! Nottingham Forest 1, Sheffield United 0. Lewis Grabban (Nottingham Forest) header from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by João Carvalho with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Jack O'Connell.

Oliver Norwood (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Matthew Cash (Nottingham Forest).

Foul by Enda Stevens (Sheffield United).

Joe Lolley (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Billy Sharp (Sheffield United) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Oliver Norwood.

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Costel Pantilimon tries a through ball, but Lewis Grabban is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Billy Sharp (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by David McGoldrick.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Tobias Figueiredo.

Attempt missed. João Carvalho (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Joe Lolley.

Attempt missed. Oliver Norwood (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich169342417730
2Sheff Utd169252719829
3Middlesbrough16772178928
4Derby168442517828
5Leeds1576226121427
6Nottm Forest166822316726
7West Brom167453324925
8Blackburn166731920-125
9Swansea166551813523
10Birmingham165832017323
11QPR167271520-523
12Bristol City166462018222
13Brentford165652520521
14Aston Villa165652423121
15Stoke165651920-121
16Wigan156271822-420
17Sheff Wed165472130-919
18Rotherham164571322-917
19Millwall164481925-616
20Bolton164481122-1116
21Preston163672530-515
22Reading164392227-515
23Hull164391321-815
24Ipswich161781226-1410
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