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Nottingham Forest 3-0 Hull City

Nottingham Forest manager Martin O'Neill
Martin O'Neill has won five of his 13 league matches as Nottingham Forest manager

Substitutes Joao Carvalho and Karim Ansarifard were both on target as Nottingham Forest left it late to beat play-off rivals Hull City and move to within two points of the top six.

The Reds had the better of the possession and chances at a sold-out City Ground.

But they lacked composure in front of goal until the final 20 minutes, when Carvalho smashed in a brilliant opener from 25 yards.

Ansarifard made it 2-0 within four minutes, reacting quickly to net when Joe Lolley's strike had come back of the post.

The impressive Lolley added a third from the penalty spot to close out the victory after Jack Colback was fouled by Markus Henriksen.

Forest's victory means they remain eighth, but are now three points ahead of Hull and just two places behind fierce rivals Derby, who could only draw with Sheffield Wednesday at Pride Park.

The Reds, who had lost their past five home league matches against Hull, had to be patient for a deserved three points after a performance that grew in confidence.

Yohan Benalouane had their first chance, a dipping early volley that went just wide, but their best first-half opening came just before the break when Lolley headed over when well placed after some good work by Ryan Yates.

Hull's main threat came through Kamil Grosicki, but the closest he came was when he got away from Tendayi Darikwa only for his near-post shot to produce a comfortable save by Costel Pantilimon.

The hosts remained on top on the turnaround, Alexander Milosevic's header forcing an outstanding save from David Marshall before the introduction of Carvalho and Ansarifard changed the course of the afternoon.

They scored a goal apiece within four minutes and that became three goals inside 11 minutes when Lolley coolly slotted home from the spot.

Nottingham Forest manager Martin O'Neill said:

"We're in the (play-off) battle. It's a still a long road, but the players have a lot of confidence about themselves.

"It was a tough old first half. The substitutes had a very, very important part to play for us. But I also thought there were some excellent performances from us.

"These next two games (at home to Aston Villa and away to Ipswich) are big for us before the international break, but at least that's another three points.

"We'll take them and we'll be delighted with them. That's four consecutive victories here and it was a big win."

Hull City manager Nigel Adkins said:

"Before the game we were four points off the play-offs and now we are five points. We kept the home crowd quiet for long periods, but maybe we didn't have that final decisive pass in the final third.

"The first goal was going to be decisive, but it's fair to say it was a wonder strike from the lad.

"Sometimes it's fine margins, but that's given the home side the impetus to win the game - and then the second goal has taken it away from us.

"We wanted to win and we played some good football again, but you've got to go and score."

Line-ups

Nottm Forest

  • 1Pantilimon
  • 27Darikwa
  • 17Milosevic
  • 29Benalouane
  • 11Osborn
  • 28Tuncará Gomes
  • 22YatesBooked at 45mins
  • 6Colback
  • 23LolleySubstituted forCupido Goncalvesat 87'minutes
  • 9MurphySubstituted forAntunes Carvalhoat 68'minutes
  • 33BonatiniSubstituted forAnsarifardat 59'minutesBooked at 67mins

Substitutes

  • 5Guédioura
  • 8Watson
  • 10Antunes Carvalho
  • 13Wagué
  • 15Steele
  • 19Cupido Goncalves
  • 37Ansarifard

Hull

  • 1Marshall
  • 17Kane
  • 5Burke
  • 4de Wijs
  • 2Lichaj
  • 20Bowen
  • 22Henriksen
  • 16IrvineBooked at 58mins
  • 14Grosicki
  • 8PughSubstituted forEvandroat 54'minutes
  • 29MartinSubstituted forCampbellat 54'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Stewart
  • 7Evandro
  • 11Milinkovic
  • 12Long
  • 25Campbell
  • 27McKenzie
  • 36Ridgewell
Referee:
James Linington
Attendance:
29,397

Match Stats

Home TeamNottm ForestAway TeamHull
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home20
Away10
Shots on Target
Home7
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away2
Fouls
Home14
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Nottingham Forest 3, Hull City 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Nottingham Forest 3, Hull City 0.

Attempt saved. Jarrod Bowen (Hull City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jackson Irvine.

Foul by Evandro (Hull City).

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

Eric Lichaj (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Karim Ansarifard (Nottingham Forest).

Jackson Irvine (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Diogo Gonçalves (Nottingham Forest).

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Diogo Gonçalves replaces Joe Lolley.

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Pelé.

Goal!

Goal! Nottingham Forest 3, Hull City 0. Joe Lolley (Nottingham Forest) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Penalty Nottingham Forest. Jack Colback draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Markus Henriksen (Hull City) after a foul in the penalty area.

Karim Ansarifard (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Reece Burke (Hull City).

Attempt blocked. Fraizer Campbell (Hull City) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Todd Kane with a cross.

Foul by Jack Colback (Nottingham Forest).

Evandro (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Nottingham Forest 2, Hull City 0. Karim Ansarifard (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner.

Joe Lolley (Nottingham Forest) hits the right post with a right footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Jack Colback.

Foul by Pelé (Nottingham Forest).

Fraizer Campbell (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Karim Ansarifard (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Eric Lichaj (Hull City).

Goal!

Goal! Nottingham Forest 1, Hull City 0. João Carvalho (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Karim Ansarifard.

Foul by Evandro (Hull City).

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

Attempt missed. Ryan Yates (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt blocked. Jarrod Bowen (Hull City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. João Carvalho replaces Daryl Murphy.

Delay in match Reece Burke (Hull City) because of an injury.

Booking

Karim Ansarifard (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Reece Burke (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Karim Ansarifard (Nottingham Forest).

Attempt saved. Ryan Yates (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ben Osborn with a cross.

Foul by Fraizer Campbell (Hull City).

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

Attempt blocked. Tendayi Darikwa (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich36219672452772
2Leeds36217860382270
3Sheff Utd36208861342768
4West Brom361710968482061
5Middlesbrough351513739261358
6Derby361510114644255
7Bristol City35159114437754
8Nottm Forest361314950401053
9Preston361312115549651
10Birmingham35121495345850
11Hull36148145051-150
12Brentford3513101260471349
13Sheff Wed361213114249-749
14Aston Villa35111596153848
15Swansea35138144543247
16Stoke361015113742-545
17Blackburn361111144756-944
18QPR36127174255-1343
19Reading36812164053-1336
20Wigan3699183652-1636
21Millwall36810183955-1634
22Rotherham36615153758-2133
23Bolton3678212456-3229
24Ipswich36313202860-3222
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