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Nottingham Forest 1-0 Wigan Athletic: Tobias Figueiredo's header sends Reds fifth

Tobias Figueiredo celebrates for Forest
Tobias Figueiredo's winner against Wigan was his second goal of the season

Tobias Figueiredo lifted Nottingham Forest back into the play-off places with a headed winner in a game of penalty drama for Championship bottom side Wigan Athletic.

Forest goalkeeper Brice Samba denied Josh Windass an equaliser from the spot after Alfa Semedo brought Joe Gelhardt down in the box, and Wigan then had a second penalty appeal for handball turned down minutes later.

Figueiredo's brilliantly steered header across goal from a Tiago Silva corner proved decisive and came just minutes after Nathan Byrne put an effort wide on the counter attack for the lowly visitors.

Before the break, Joe Williams had gone closest to opening the scoring for the Latics with a toe-poked effort that forced Samba into a fine save at the near post.

Forest's top scorer Lewis Grabban then headed the Reds' best first-half chance wastefully wide from close range before Figueiredo's goal and Samba's penalty heroics ensured the hosts finished the year fifth in the table.

The Latics' seventh defeat in a 13-game winless run leaves them one point adrift at the foot of the second tier after 25 games.

Despite being winless away from home this season, Wigan had a number of bright moments in an otherwise cagey first half.

However, Williams' effort which was pushed around the post by Samba, after meeting a low ball from Antonee Robinson, was as good as it got for the visitors.

Forest's missed chance before the break was more glaring, with Grabban heading off target after Ryan Yates' neat cross found the striker free just six yards out.

Byrne's failure to hit Forest on the counter after the interval proved costly as Figueiredo nodded them in front and the Reds survived Wigan's late pressure, with goalkeeper Samba ensuring all three points with the penalty save from Windass before denying Robinson.

Nottingham Forest head coach Sabri Lamouchi said:

"Wigan deserved more, but I am happy for my players because they worked hard and they fought. We were a little bit lucky. But we fought hard for those three points.

"This year, we have played really well away from home, winning a lot of games. At home it has been the opposite. We need to understand that and to understand why.

"Perhaps we can do something in the window that can help. The club are working hard to do that; to give us some help with new signings. But the players we have now are working hard and they are fantastic. It is a pleasure to work with them."

Wigan Athletic manager Paul Cook said:

"I don't think we've conceded a goal in open play in five games now and we've been holding our own really against teams like Forest who are really strong.

"The biggest thing in football, as everyone knows, is scoring goals and we're not doing that anywhere near enough at the minute.

"I'll never criticise players, that's not the way I do things, but I'll just keep repeatedly trying to get them into those areas, in the hope we get points that keep us in the division."

Line-ups

Nottm Forest

  • 30Samba
  • 11Cash
  • 3Figueiredo
  • 4Worrall
  • 36Chema
  • 22YatesSubstituted forSilvaat 56'minutes
  • 8Watson
  • 19Ameobi
  • 17SemedoBooked at 57mins
  • 10CarvalhoSubstituted forLolleyat 56'minutes
  • 7GrabbanSubstituted forAdomahat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Smith
  • 16Jenkinson
  • 18Robinson
  • 20Dawson
  • 23Lolley
  • 28Silva
  • 37Adomah

Wigan

  • 23Jones
  • 2ByrneBooked at 57mins
  • 21KipreBooked at 71mins
  • 33NaismithBooked at 81mins
  • 3Robinson
  • 8EvansSubstituted forGelhardtat 77'minutes
  • 20Williams
  • 5Morsy
  • 9LoweSubstituted forGarnerat 83'minutes
  • 10Windass
  • 11MasseySubstituted forRobertsat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Marshall
  • 7Pilkington
  • 14Garner
  • 17Jacobs
  • 18Roberts
  • 22Dunkley
  • 38Gelhardt
Referee:
Matt Donohue
Attendance:
27,844

Match Stats

Home TeamNottm ForestAway TeamWigan
Possession
Home35%
Away65%
Shots
Home9
Away15
Shots on Target
Home1
Away4
Corners
Home2
Away13
Fouls
Home15
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Nottingham Forest 1, Wigan Athletic 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Nottingham Forest 1, Wigan Athletic 0.

Foul by Gary Roberts (Wigan Athletic).

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

Offside, Wigan Athletic. Kal Naismith tries a through ball, but Joe Garner is caught offside.

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Sammy Ameobi tries a through ball, but Joe Lolley is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Kal Naismith (Wigan Athletic) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Josh Windass with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Chema Rodríguez.

Attempt saved. Albert Adomah (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Sammy Ameobi.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Chema Rodríguez.

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Matthew Cash tries a through ball, but Sammy Ameobi is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Joe Gelhardt (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Nathan Byrne.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Joe Garner replaces Jamal Lowe.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Albert Adomah replaces Lewis Grabban.

Joe Williams (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Lewis Grabban (Nottingham Forest).

Booking

Kal Naismith (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Ben Watson.

Attempt blocked. Sam Morsy (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Gary Roberts.

Attempt blocked. Gary Roberts (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Joe Williams (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Brice Samba.

Attempt saved. Antonee Robinson (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Joe Gelhardt.

Penalty saved! Josh Windass (Wigan Athletic) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom right corner.

Penalty Wigan Athletic. Joe Gelhardt draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Alfa Semedo (Nottingham Forest) after a foul in the penalty area.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Joe Gelhardt replaces Lee Evans.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Chema Rodríguez.

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Sammy Ameobi tries a through ball, but Lewis Grabban is caught offside.

Booking

Cedric Kipre (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Cedric Kipre (Wigan Athletic).

Lewis Grabban (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Lee Evans (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lewis Grabban (Nottingham Forest).

Gary Roberts (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Sammy Ameobi (Nottingham Forest).

Offside, Wigan Athletic. Joe Williams tries a through ball, but Josh Windass is caught offside.

Hand ball by Lee Evans (Wigan Athletic).

Attempt missed. Lewis Grabban (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Gary Roberts replaces Gavin Massey.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leeds25156442202251
2West Brom25149247272051
3Fulham25126739281142
4Brentford25124937201740
5Nottm Forest2411763123840
6Sheff Wed25116837251239
7Preston2511683630639
8Bristol City2510873936338
9Swansea2510873130138
10Cardiff2591063734337
11Millwall2591063131037
12Hull2510693934536
13Blackburn2510693231136
14Reading2495103127432
15QPR2595113847-932
16Middlesbrough257992432-830
17Birmingham2585122940-1129
18Charlton2477103334-128
19Huddersfield2577112837-928
20Derby246992232-1027
21Stoke2563162840-1221
22Barnsley2549123247-1521
23Luton2563163153-2221
24Wigan2548132137-1620
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