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Cardiff City 0-1 Nottingham Forest: Tiago Silva goal seals Forest win

By Gareth VincentBBC Sport Wales
Cardiff players dejected
Defeat to Nottingham Forest sealed the first back-to-back league defeats of the season for Cardiff City

Nottingham Forest moved to within three points of the automatic promotion places thanks to a notable 1-0 victory at Cardiff City.

Forest became only the second visiting side to win at the Cardiff City Stadium in the Championship this season thanks to Tiago Silva's goal.

The Portuguese midfielder met Lewis Grabban's cross to steer home his third of the season early in the second half.

Sabri Lamouchi's team held on to claim a first win in four league games to move above Fulham into third and keep themselves firmly in the hunt for the top two.

For Cardiff, a second successive defeat means their play-off hopes are fading with 11 games of the season remaining.

Cardiff have been a formidable force on their own ground this season, and they began with purpose as Robert Glatzel shot wide and Callum Paterson headed straight at Forest goalkeeper Brice Samba.

But the visitors took control of the contest as the first period wore on and created enough opportunities to go in front.

Sammy Ameobi saw a couple of shots saved by Alex Smithies, while Ryan Yates skied his effort after being picked out by the lively Matty Cash.

Joe Lolley was another threat down the Forest right, and his low cross opened Cardiff up only for leading scorer Grabban to shoot narrowly wide.

The Bluebirds felt they should have had a spot-kick just before the break, but referee Stephen Martin waved away their appeals after Cash tangled with Josh Murphy.

The breakthrough came on 49 minutes, with Silva feeding Grabban down the right flank and then racing into the box to guide home from Grabban's low centre.

Without the injured Lee Tomlin, Cardiff were struggling for a spark going forward as Will Vaulks lashed wide and Danny Ward shot too close to Samba with the angle tight.

Forest wasted a chance to seal the points when Alfa Semedo's shot was blocked by Joe Bennett but despite some pressure, there was to be no late Cardiff comeback.

Cardiff manager Neil Harris said:

"The difference between the teams? The goal - the quality in the penalty area, the composure, the good finish.

"We definitely got a response from Saturday. There's loads I am pleased with as a manager but ultimately we didn't win the game.

"The penalty decision goes against us. In real time I thought it was a penalty. It's a penalty. The player makes the challenge from the wrong side - it has to be a foul.

"We got into some great areas - it's just that composure and that quality in the final third. That's the difference between Forest being nine points in front of us tonight rather than three."

Nottingham Forest head coach Sabri Lamouchi said:

"I am happy of course. Three points here is not easy. It's a difficult pitch and a difficult team.

"End of February to come to Cardiff and play against this team and take three points - it is not easy to do it.

"I think we deserve this victory. We controlled the game more in the first half but we missed a lot in the final third - the last pass, the last touch.

"Three points, one goal, clean sheet - great performance. Congratulations to the lads for the commitment."



Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 12Smithies
  • 2SandersonSubstituted forBacunaat 81'minutesBooked at 82mins
  • 4Morrison
  • 16Nelson
  • 3Bennett
  • 6Vaulks
  • 15PackSubstituted forRallsat 71'minutes
  • 33Hoilett
  • 13Paterson
  • 11MurphySubstituted forWardat 71'minutes
  • 9Glatzel


  • 1Etheridge
  • 5Flint
  • 7Bacuna
  • 8Ralls
  • 20Whyte
  • 23Ward
  • 24B Smith

Nottm Forest

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 30Samba
  • 11Cash
  • 3Figueiredo
  • 4WorrallBooked at 84mins
  • 2Ribeiro
  • 8Watson
  • 22YatesSubstituted forSemedoat 45'minutes
  • 19AmeobiBooked at 70minsSubstituted forDiakhabyat 81'minutes
  • 28SilvaSubstituted forWalkerat 90+1'minutes
  • 23Lolley
  • 7Grabban


  • 10Carvalho
  • 14Diakhaby
  • 16Jenkinson
  • 17Semedo
  • 20Dawson
  • 34Walker
  • 49Muric
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Match Stats

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Cardiff City 0, Nottingham Forest 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Cardiff City 0, Nottingham Forest 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lewis Grabban (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the left. Assisted by Alfa Semedo with a headed pass.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Alfa Semedo (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Adama Diakhaby.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Tyler Walker replaces Tiago Silva.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Leandro Bacuna (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Will Vaulks.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Tiago Silva (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Yuri Ribeiro.

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    Foul by Curtis Nelson (Cardiff City).

  10. Post update

    Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Brice Samba.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Robert Glatzel (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Danny Ward.

  12. Booking

    Joe Worrall (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Joe Worrall (Nottingham Forest).

  14. Post update

    Danny Ward (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

    Foul by Danny Ward (Cardiff City).

  17. Booking

    Leandro Bacuna (Cardiff City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    Foul by Leandro Bacuna (Cardiff City).

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Cardiff City. Leandro Bacuna replaces Dion Sanderson.

As It Stood

1West Brom351912464362869
3Nottm Forest351611846331359
7Bristol City35158124951-253
13Sheff Wed34129134441345
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