Matchday live: Nottingham Forest v Blackburn Rovers
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- WELCOME to the City Ground for Blackburn Rovers' Championship clash at Nottingham Forest. Follow all the action here with our live blog.
FULL-TIME Forest 4 Rovers 1.
GOAL 4-1 Forest. Andy Reid. 90 mins.
SUBS two for Forest - Matty Derbyshire and Guy Moussi on, David Vaughan and Jamie Mackie off - and one for Rovers - David Dunn on, Chris Taylor off.
Just when it looked like Rovers were getting on top, Jamie Paterson scores a wonderful solo effort for Forest, jinking past his marker and then firing right-footed low into the bottom corner.
GOAL 3-1 Forest. Jamie Paterson. 72 mins.
Rovers enjoying their best spell of the game. Forest about to bring two subs on. 71 mins. 2-1.
Rovers go close, Josh King wins a ball on the edge of the box and fires-in a left-footed drive which Karl Darlow parries into the path of Tom Cairney, whose shot on the turn goes over. 67 mins. 2-1.
Crowd is 22,456 (1,367 away).
Poor pass in midfield from Jason Lowe to Henri Lansbury, whose fierce 25-yard strike was parried wide by Simon Eastwood to Jamie Peterson, whose stood-up cross is flicked wide by Simon Cox. Should have scored. 61 mins. 2-1.
Moments before the substitution, Andy Reid's left-wing cross was punched clear by Simon Eastwood as far as the onrushing right-back Gonzalo Jara, whose well-struck first-time effort was not too far wide.
SUB for Rovers. Jordan Rhodes on, Rudy Gestede off. 58 mins. 2-1.
SUB for Rovers as Josh King comes on for Lee Williamson. 64 mins. 2-1.
Rovers go so close to an equaliser. Tom Cairney free kick to Scott Dann who heads towards goal and there was Ben Marshall with an acrobatic flick that Karl Darlow pushed over.
From the resulting Cairney corner, Tommy Spurr headed over when he could have done better. 47 mins. 2-1.
No changes for either side. Second half is under way.
HALF-TIME Forest 2 Rovers 1.
Stunning block by Grant Hanley to prevent Jamie Paterson's goal-bound shot troubling Simon Eastwood after the winger had turned Scott Dann inside out. 44 mins. 2-1.
Forest nearly restore their two-goal advantage, Jamie Mackie cutting in from the right and firing a left-footed curler which Simon Eastwood turned over his bar. 39 mins. 2-1.
Out of nowhere Rovers are back in it. A corner breaks to the edge of the box where Tom Cairney neatly lays the ball off for Ben Marshall who takes a touch before bending the ball into the top corner from 20 yards. Great finish.
GOAL 2-1 Rovers. Ben Marshall. 37 mins.
No doubt that one was a penalty. Silly, silly tackle by Adam Henley on Jamie Mackie. Forest deserve their two-goal lead, given to by Lansbury, who smashed his effort past the diving Simon Eastwood and into the middle of the goal.
GOAL 2-0 Forest. Henri Lansbury (pen). 34 mins.
PENALTY Forest. 33 mins.
Tom Cairney's free kick, curled round the wall, goes high and wide. 31 mins. 1-0.
BOOKED Dan Harding for the challenge.
Wonderful piece of skill by Tom Cairney wins Rovers a free kick 20 yards from goal. 30 mins. 1-0.
Rovers just can't keep the ball, Forest pressing relentlessly. Chances may have dried up but still only one team in it. 28 mins. 1-0.
Rovers have been poor so far but credit to Forest, they have been excellent. Really, really bright. 21 mins. 1-0.
It's been coming but it still looked a harsh penalty, Grant Hanley adjudged to have barged Henri Lansbury in the box. Lansbury then picked himself up and fired the spot-kick low and hard into the bottom corner and, although Simon Eastwood got two hands to it, the power beat him.
GOAL 1-0 Forest. Henri Lansbury (pen). 15 mins.
PENALTY to Forest. 14 mins.
Great start from Forest - they've had Rovers on the ropees. But, in the 13th minute, it remains goalless.
All Forest. Henri Lansbury finds space in midfield, breaks forward and unleashes low, well-struck right-footed effort from 20 yards which Simon Eastwood had to get down to his right to turn behind. Good save. 10 mins. 0-0.
Forest go so close. Gonzalo Jara plays in the lively Jamie Mackie inside the box and his cross, thumped and hard and low, hits Simon Cox before going just past the beaten Simon Eastwood's post. Hosts on top. 9 mins. 0-0.
Andy Reid free kick, whipped in left-footed from the right-flank, finds Greg Halford in a crowded box, but his header is misdirected and sails halmlessly wide. 6 mins. 0-0.
First save of the game goes to the recalled Simon Eastwood, palming aside David Vaughan's stinging 25-yard left-footed strike. 5 mins. 0-0.
Rudy Gestede may be should have passed there. He robbed the ball off Greg Halford from just inside the area and instead of crossing, he decided to try his luck with a curling shot from a very difficult angle. 3 mins. 0-0.
We are under way.
So the teams in full are...
Forest: Darlow, Jara, Halford, Collins, Harding, Vaughan, Lansbury, Mackie, Paterson, Reid, Cox. Subs: de Vries, Moussi, Majewski, Derbyshire, Abdoun, Henderson, Miller.
Rovers: Eastwood, Henley, Dann, Hanley, Spurr, Lowe, Williamson, Cairney, Taylor, Marshall, Gestede. Subs: Kean, Kilgallon, King, Dunn, Rhodes, Morris, Goodwillie.
Forest, who are four points above eighth-placed Rovers in fifth, have made four changes to the team which started their 1-1 draw at Bolton Wanderers last Saturday.
Their bench includes former Rovers striker Matt Derbyshire.
Rovers will be without goalkeeper Paul Robinson – while top scorer Jordan Rhodes is deemed only fit enough for a place on the bench.
Robinson came off at half-time in Wednesday’s FA Cup third-round replay defeat at Manchester City with a hamstring strain and is expected be out for a week.
He has been replaced between the posts by Simon Eastwood.
Rhodes (foot) and captain Scott Dann (groin) missed the Etihad Stadium encounter.
But while Dann returns to the starting line-up, in place of Matt Kilgallon, Rhodes will start as a substitute having not trained this week.
Rovers boss Gary Bowyer’s third and final change sees Rudy Gestede come in for DJ Campbell who, amid reports he is interesting Millwall, is not in the squad.
Neither is Ruben Rochina whose loan move to La Liga Rayo Vallecano is believed to be edging closer.
Good afternoon and welcome to the City Ground for the battle of the play-off rivals, Nottingham Forest and Blackburn Rovers.
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