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The City Ground (ATT 18,332) 30th September 2009 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: D Webb

N Forest Nottingham Forest vs Scunthorpe United Scunthrpe

N Forest 2

L Chambers (71)
D Blackstock (og 76)

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Late double fires Forest win

Chambers and Blackstock secure second straight victory

Last Updated: 30/09/09 10:30pm

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Chambers: Broke deadlock

Chambers: Broke deadlock

Nottingham Forest continued their climb up the Championship table with a 2-0 home win against Scunthorpe.

The hosts dominated throughout and late goals by Luke Chambers and Dexter Blackstock gave Forest their second win in four days.

That was enough to send Billy Davies' men up to 14th and leapfrog Scunthorpe, who slipped to 17th after their third league game without a win.

Forest started the game brightly and forced the visitors onto the back foot early on with a succession of corners coming inside the first 10 minutes.

But despite a red-shirted player getting his head to almost every delivery, none managed to trouble Joe Murphy in the Iron goal.

The visiting keeper was eventually tested on the quarter-hour mark as Chris Gunter met the ball at the back post but he headed straight at the feet of Murphy and Scunthorpe eventually managed to clear.

Forest's Nathan Tyson then made a strong run down the left flank and managed a high floating cross from the byline which was met firmly by Blackstock, but the in-form frontman glanced the ball wide of the far post.

In the final action of the first half, Michael O'Connor produced Scunthorpe's best effort at goal with a burst into the hosts' half and eventually let fly with a shot from the edge of the box which narrowly missed the target.

The Forest players were sent out early for the second period by Davies and carried on much as before, with Gunter forcing Murphy to tip over a shot on the turn from inside the box.

Late Opener

David McGoldrick and Tyson then both fired wide from good positions, but in the 71st minute the hosts finally grabbed the goal they richly deserved.

Chris Cohen whipped in a corner from the right which Chambers met strongly with a powerful header to break the deadlock, much to the relief of the majority of the 18,332 crowd.

Then just five minutes later, Paul Anderson made a burst through the middle towards the right and swept in a low cross which was met by the onrushing Blackstock, who converted his sixth goal of the season.

Jonathan Forte was unlucky not to give Scunthorpe hope of snatching a draw with seven minutes remaining after a strong run, with his shot rebounding agonisingly off a post after deflecting off Forest keeper Lee Camp.

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2 Middlesbrough 27 50
3 Ipswich Town 27 50
4 Brentford 27 49
5 Derby County 26 48
6 Watford 27 47
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 27 44
8 Norwich City 27 43
9 Sheffield Wednesday 26 37
10 Blackburn Rovers 26 36
11 Birmingham City 26 35
12 Nottingham Forest 27 34
13 Cardiff City 27 34
14 Fulham 27 34
15 Huddersfield Town 27 34
16 Bolton Wanderers 26 33
17 Charlton Athletic 27 32
18 Reading 26 30
19 Brighton and Hove Albion 27 29
20 Leeds United 27 29
21 Rotherham United 26 26
22 Millwall 26 23
23 Wigan Athletic 27 21
24 Blackpool 27 17

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