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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."



Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 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


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

Nottm Forest

Formation 4-2-3-1

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


  • 10Carvalho
  • 12Smith
  • 16Jenkinson
  • 18Robinson
  • 19Ameobi
  • 20Dawson
  • 22Yates
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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Hull City 0, Nottingham Forest 2.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Booking

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

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Foul by Ben Watson (Nottingham Forest).

  6. Post update

    Foul by Josh Bowler (Hull City).

  7. Post update

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

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Nottingham Forest. João Carvalho replaces Joe Lolley.

  9. Booking

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

  10. Booking

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

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Foul by Ben Watson (Nottingham Forest).

  13. Post update

    Hand ball by Matthew Cash (Nottingham Forest).

  14. 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.

  15. Post update

    Foul by George Honeyman (Hull City).

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    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.

  19. Substitution

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

  20. Post update

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

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