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Hull City 0-2 Nottingham Forest: Lewis Grabban goals gives visitors win

Samba Sow
Nottingham Forest's penalty, won by Samba Sow, was their first of the season

Lewis Grabban's double earned Nottingham Forest victory over Hull City and put an end to a five-game winless run.

Grabban carefully guided in Forest's first spot-kick of the season for an early lead following Jackson Irvine's clumsy challenge on Samba Sow.

The Tigers had started encouragingly, but rarely threatened after going behind and the Reds looked the more likely to add to their lead, notably through Joe Lolley, Grabban and Ryan Yates.

Jarrod Bowen wasted Hull's best opportunity in the closing stages, but they only mustered one attempt on target throughout.

And Grabban made sure of a win which takes the visitors up to seventh in the Championship, just a point off the play-offs before Preston's evening kick-off against Leeds United, when he played a classy one-two with Tiago Silva and found the bottom corner.

Kamil Grosicki and Bowen predictably provided Hull's main threat throughout but were well stifled by a solid defence, who kept their shape and discipline after taking an 11th-minute lead.

Irvine should have done better with a good chance that he slid over the bar from close range, and a forgettable five minutes saw the Australian's foul allow Grabban the chance to calmly net his 11th goal of the season.

Forest, whose victory is their first in 11 away Boxing Day fixtures, then had the better of the rest of the first half, with Sow seeing a shot saved by keeper George Long and Lolley volleying off target.

Hull started to seize control of possession after the break but continued to create little and were grateful for Long, who made an instinctive save with his feet from Silva's volley.

At the other end, Joe Worrall had to make excellent last-ditch interventions to stop dangermen Grosicki and Bowen.

Sabri Lamouchi's side upped the tempo in the final 15 minutes, Grabban poking an effort just wide and Yates rushing a glorious late chance when he shot wildly off target from 15 yards.

Bowen almost made them pay, miscuing a glancing header from Eric Lichaj's cross, but Grabban made sure of a third consecutive Forest win at Hull with a stylish finish following a swift counter-attack.

Hull manager Grant McCann:

"We were disappointing. There are no excuses - we probably got what we deserved.

"The game was quite stop-start, and that affected how we wanted to play. We kept giving the ball away too easily and we just didn't get going.

"We tried. We huffed and puffed a little bit, but it didn't seem to happen. Everyone was off."

Nottingham Forest boss Sabri Lamouchi:

"It is not easy to come here and win this way, so congratulations to the players.

"We started the game in a good way. We worked very hard and were very compact.

"I think we deserved to win. Three points and a clean sheet - this is very important. It was not our best performance away but we were very solid."

Line-ups

Hull

  • 1Long
  • 2Lichaj
  • 5Burke
  • 4de WijsBooked at 90mins
  • 26ElderSubstituted forKingsleyat 39'minutesBooked at 77mins
  • 8BattySubstituted forBowlerat 45'minutes
  • 37Da Silva LopesBooked at 73minsSubstituted forHoneymanat 78'minutes
  • 20BowenBooked at 87mins
  • 36Irvine
  • 11Grosicki
  • 9Eaves

Substitutes

  • 3Tafazolli
  • 13Ingram
  • 16McKenzie
  • 18Honeyman
  • 19Bowler
  • 23Kingsley
  • 25Pennington

Nottm Forest

  • 30Samba
  • 11Cash
  • 3Figueiredo
  • 4Worrall
  • 36ChemaBooked at 4mins
  • 21SowSubstituted forAmeobiat 45'minutes
  • 8WatsonBooked at 87mins
  • 23LolleySubstituted forCarvalhoat 88'minutes
  • 17SemedoSubstituted forYatesat 69'minutes
  • 28Silva
  • 7Grabban

Substitutes

  • 10Carvalho
  • 12Smith
  • 16Jenkinson
  • 18Robinson
  • 19Ameobi
  • 20Dawson
  • 22Yates
Referee:
Geoff Eltringham
Attendance:
15,001

Match Stats

Home TeamHullAway TeamNottm Forest
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home11
Away10
Shots on Target
Home1
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away2
Fouls
Home14
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Hull City 0, Nottingham Forest 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hull City 0, Nottingham Forest 2.

Booking

Jordy de Wijs (Hull City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Ben Watson (Nottingham Forest).

Foul by Josh Bowler (Hull City).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. João Carvalho replaces Joe Lolley.

Booking

Jarrod Bowen (Hull City) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Ben Watson (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Ben Watson (Nottingham Forest).

Hand ball by Matthew Cash (Nottingham Forest).

Goal!

Goal! Hull City 0, Nottingham Forest 2. Lewis Grabban (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Tiago Silva following a fast break.

Foul by George Honeyman (Hull City).

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

Attempt missed. Jarrod Bowen (Hull City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Eric Lichaj with a cross.

Attempt missed. Ryan Yates (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Joe Lolley with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. George Honeyman replaces Leonardo Da Silva Lopes.

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Matthew Cash tries a through ball, but Lewis Grabban is caught offside.

Booking

Stephen Kingsley (Hull City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Stephen Kingsley (Hull City).

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

Attempt blocked. Josh Bowler (Hull City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Eric Lichaj.

Attempt blocked. Tom Eaves (Hull City) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jarrod Bowen with a cross.

Josh Bowler (Hull City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Sammy Ameobi (Nottingham Forest).

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

Foul by Ben Watson (Nottingham Forest).

Booking

Leonardo Da Silva Lopes (Hull City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Leonardo Da Silva Lopes (Hull City).

Tiago Silva (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Leonardo Da Silva Lopes (Hull City).

Tiago Silva (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tom Eaves (Hull City).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Ryan Yates replaces Alfa Semedo.

Attempt blocked. Lewis Grabban (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ben Watson.

Attempt missed. Lewis Grabban (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Matthew Cash with a cross.

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

goal

As It Stood

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2Leeds24146437162148
3Brentford24124837191840
4Sheff Wed24116736231339
5Fulham24116738281039
6Preston2411673628839
7Nottm Forest2310763023737
8Swansea2410773130137
9Blackburn2410683129236
10Bristol City249873636035
11Cardiff2481063533234
12Millwall2481063031-134
13Hull249693733433
14QPR2495103745-832
15Reading2385102927229
16Birmingham2485112535-1029
17Charlton2477103334-128
18Derby246992232-1027
19Middlesbrough246992232-1027
20Huddersfield2467112636-1025
21Stoke2463152839-1121
22Luton2463153150-1921
23Barnsley2448123247-1520
24Wigan2448122136-1520
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