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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

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 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

Formation 4-3-3

  • 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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Nottingham Forest 1, Wigan Athletic 0.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Foul by Gary Roberts (Wigan Athletic).

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    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.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Chema Rodríguez.

  9. Post update

    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.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Chema Rodríguez.

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

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

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Joe Garner replaces Jamal Lowe.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Albert Adomah replaces Lewis Grabban.

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

    Foul by Lewis Grabban (Nottingham Forest).

  17. Booking

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

  18. Post update

    Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Ben Watson.

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

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