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Nottingham Forest 1-2 Blackburn Rovers: Darragh Lenihan goal leaves Forest pointless

Daniel Ayala goal
Daniel Ayala headed in Blackburn's first goal shortly after the break

Darragh Lenihan headed in a late winner for Blackburn Rovers at Nottingham Forest to leave Chris Hughton's side without a Championship point this season.

The defender pounced after his initial effort had been cleared off the line following a mistake from Forest goalkeeper Brice Samba, and looped the rebound in.

Philip Zinckernagel thought he had earned the hosts a point at the City Ground when his powerful left-foot shot from outside the box beat Thomas Kaminski at the near post.

Daniel Ayala's header from Harry Pickering's free-kick had set Rovers on their way early in the second half, while Forest's Jordan Gabriel was sent off in the 90th minute for a second yellow card.

Gabriel's robust challenge on Harry Chapman came at the end of another disappointing display from Forest, who have suffered three consecutive 2-1 league losses and were booed off at full-time.

Blackburn are now one of six sides with seven points from their opening three matches and were good value for their victory.

They created the better chances, despite Forest having more possession, with John Buckley denied by Samba in each half and Tyrhys Dolan's skimming effort also well saved.

Forest, who only scored 37 times in the Championship last season, again look short of attacking quality and it was only Watford loanee Zinckernagel's piece of quality which gave them a lifeline.

However, that was undone when Samba flapped at a cross and Gabriel cleared off the line, with Lenihan on hand to earn three points for Tony Mowbray's men.

Forest next face a trip to in-form Stoke on Saturday, while Blackburn host table-topping West Brom.

Nottingham Forest manager Chris Hughton told BBC Radio Nottingham:

"At the moment we're conceding too many goals and that being the case we're finding it difficult to win matches.

"It's a younger group [of players] than we've had for some time and it's good for their development but we need that knowhow in this division because it's a tough division.

"There's no doubt the squad needs strengthening, and with two or three players out it leaves us light."

Blackburn head coach Tony Mowbray told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"It's good to win on the road in the Championship, it's very difficult to do.

"You could feel the crowd here, the expectancy of them, but tonight they came up against a side who were fully committed, 100% at it all over the pitch, and we got our rewards for a huge effort.

"We have a big heart and a good group who are fighting hard for each other at the moment."

Line-ups

Nottm Forest

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 30Samba
  • 27Lawrence-GabrielBooked at 90mins
  • 3Figueiredo
  • 26McKenna
  • 24Osei-TutuSubstituted forBackat 17'minutes
  • 11Zinckernagel
  • 22Yates
  • 8ColbackBooked at 54minsSubstituted forFornahat 85'minutes
  • 17MightenSubstituted forCarvalhoat 64'minutes
  • 20Johnson
  • 7Grabban

Substitutes

  • 1Horvath
  • 10Carvalho
  • 18Ribeiro Dias
  • 33Taylor
  • 38Fornah
  • 44Back
  • 46Harbottle

Blackburn

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Kaminski
  • 24CarterBooked at 71mins
  • 26Lenihan
  • 5Ayala
  • 3Pickering
  • 27Travis
  • 8RothwellSubstituted forChapmanat 74'minutes
  • 9GallagherBooked at 66mins
  • 21Buckley
  • 22Brereton DíazBooked at 90mins
  • 10DolanSubstituted forDavenportat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Davenport
  • 14Butterworth
  • 17Chapman
  • 19Clarkson
  • 34Pike
  • 36Magloire
  • 45Eastham
Referee:
Gavin Ward
Attendance:
23,964

Match Stats

Home TeamNottm ForestAway TeamBlackburn
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home7
Away9
Shots on Target
Home4
Away7
Corners
Home3
Away1
Fouls
Home13
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Nottingham Forest 1, Blackburn Rovers 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Nottingham Forest 1, Blackburn Rovers 2.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Scott McKenna (Nottingham Forest).

  4. Post update

    Sam Gallagher (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Booking

    Ben Brereton Díaz (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

  6. Post update

    Ryan Yates (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Sam Gallagher (Blackburn Rovers).

  8. Dismissal

    Second yellow card to Jordan Lawrence-Gabriel (Nottingham Forest) for a bad foul.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Jordan Lawrence-Gabriel (Nottingham Forest).

  10. Post update

    Harry Chapman (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Post update

    Jordan Lawrence-Gabriel (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Harry Chapman (Blackburn Rovers).

  13. Goal!

    Goal! Nottingham Forest 1, Blackburn Rovers 2. Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner following a set piece situation.

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Hayden Carter with a cross.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Tyrese Fornah replaces Jack Colback.

  16. Booking

    Jordan Lawrence-Gabriel (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Jordan Lawrence-Gabriel (Nottingham Forest).

  18. Post update

    Harry Chapman (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  19. Post update

    Offside, Nottingham Forest. Tobias Figueiredo tries a through ball, but Lewis Grabban is caught offside.

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. John Buckley (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Harry Chapman.

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