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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

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 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

Formation 3-5-2

  • 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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Nottingham Forest 1, Sheffield United 0.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Tobias Figueiredo.

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Karim Ansarifard replaces Lewis Grabban.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Tobias Figueiredo.

  6. Booking

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

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Foul by Jack Robinson (Nottingham Forest).

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    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.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Jack Robinson.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Ben Woodburn (Sheffield United).

  13. Post update

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

  14. Booking

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

  15. Post update

    Foul by John Egan (Sheffield United).

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Foul by Oliver Norwood (Sheffield United).

  19. Post update

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

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Gil Dias replaces Matthew Cash.