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The City Ground (ATT 29,155) 17th October 2009 - Kick off 17:20 Ref: P Taylor

N Forest Nottingham Forest vs Newcastle United Newcastle

N Forest 1

D Blackstock (45)


Live Commentary

Last Updated at 7:20 pm, October 17th 2009

  1. 95

    A notable scalp for Forest and they probably just about deserved it after an impressive first-half perfromance. Just a second league defeat for Newcastle leaves them second on goals scored, while Forest are now just five points behind in joint fifth.

  2. 95

    The four minutes of stoppage time are up and the final whistle marks the end to a gripping contest.

  3. 94

    Khizanishvili's ball forward is just too long for Nolan and Forest kill more time with a goal-kick, before Gutierrez fails to get the ball in and runs into a dead end.

  4. 93

    Newcastle pile bodies forward as the Forest fans anticipate an excellent victory.

  5. 92

    Harper hacks it clear after a misplaced backpass before Gutierrez hits a 25-yard effort well wide.

  6. 91

    Four minutes of stoppage time are indicated as Tyson pulls the ball back from the left byline for McGoldrick, whose effort from the edge of the box is blocked.

  7. 90

    Taylor chips the ball into the box but its headed clear by Forest and Tyson eases the pressure by drawing a foul by Taylor on halfway.

  8. 89

    Garner is booked for a late challenge on Guthrie some 40 yards out.

  9. 88

    Forest concede a free-kick 40 yards out and are relieved to see Newcastle wast it by taking it short and losing possession.

  10. 87

    Enrique again pushes up down the left but his ball forward is cut out and Forest break behind him.

  11. 86

    Final change for the hosts as Billy Davies brings on some fresh legs, with Joe Garner replacing captain Paul McKenna.

  12. 85

    Ranger just gets ahead of his man to meet the corner but his header goes just over. Newcastle will hope there's time for a better opportunity than that.

  13. 84

    Gutierrez and Enrique combine down the left before the left-back whips the ball in and Forest concede a corner.

  14. 83

    Hughton attempts to revive his attack as youngster Nile Ranger replaces Harewood, who is applauded by the home fans and he returns the gesture for his former club.

  15. 82

    Jose Enerique lofts a left-wing cross straight into the arms of Lee Camp before Carroll lashes a 25-yard effort well wide.

  16. 81

    Having said that, Moussi works some space on the right for McGugan, who surges forward before hitting a 20-yard effort wide.

  17. 80

    McGugan is a more defensive option for Forest as they attempt to hang on for a win that will put them in the play-off places.

  18. 79

    Second change for Forest as Anderson comes off for Lewis McGugan.

  19. 78

    Wilson heads the corner clear but Newcastle keep Forest penned in their own half with Guthrie trying to prise open their defence.

  20. 77

    Play resumes and Guthrie does well to get to the left byline before cutting back for Jose Enrique, who probably took a touch too many before seeing his shot blocked bravely by Wilson.

  21. 76

    Paul Anderson receives treatment after injuring an ankle in a fair challenge by Alan Smith.

  22. 75

    Gutierrez gets down the left and squares for Guthrie, whose fierce 20-yard strike is blocked by desperate Forest defence.

  23. 74

    Gutierrez has a chance to stretch his legs and fires over from distance before berating Harewood for a lack of movement further ahead.

  24. 73

    No action taken against Morgan, and replays show he got the ball anyway.

  25. 72

    Carroll receives treatment after a strong sliding challenge by Morgan but advantage is played.

  26. 71

    Taylor just fails to reach a ball forward and shows his frustration by going in a touch late on Wilson to receive a booking.

  27. 70

    Replays show Nolan is perhaps just offside but it's a close call and the goal could quite easily have been given.

  28. 69

    Disallowed goal for Newcastle. Taylor cuts back inside on the right and hits an inswinging cross with his left foot, Smith flicks it on and Nolan pokes it in at the far post.

  29. 68

    Cohen's delivery is poor, though, and the free-kick floats out for a goal-kick.

  30. 67

    Cohen finds space down the left but is brought down by Khizanishvili, who is shown a yellow card.

  31. 65

    Forest now look to be playing for time, slowing things down every time it goes out.

  32. 64

    Smith heads Anderson's left-wing corner clear and Newcastle get back on the front foot.

  33. 63

    Forest find Anderson deep on the left and he wins a corner off Taylor.

  34. 62

    Newcastle also make a change as Jones Gutierrez comes on for Peter Loverkrands, who had a quiet game.

  35. 61

    Forest's Radoslaw Majewski makes way for David McGoldrick.

  36. 60

    Guthrie picks up the ball 25 yards out and his shot is deflected behind for a corner, which is cleared by Forest.

  37. 59

    Enrique and Harewood combine to find taylor in space and his right-wing cross is cleared.

  38. 58

    The Magpies are now dominating possession and Nolan has a close-range effort blocked.

  39. 56

    Newcastle are clearly determined to go clear of West Brom again after their 3-1 home win against Reading earlier took them level at the top of the Championship.

  40. 55

    Jose Enrique cuts in the from the Newcastle and although the visitors appeal for a penalty, it was a fair challenge by Nathan Tyson.

  41. 54

    The Magpies pile forward after winning a free-kick 40 yards out, only for Taylor's delivery to sail out for a goal-kick.

  42. 53

    Harewood smells a goal now and opts to try his luck from just outside the box with Carroll perhaps available in a better position but the shot is blocked.

  43. 52

    Blackstock's attempted clearance actually heads towards goal and Cohen has the clear off the line to safety.

  44. 51

    Guthrie plays the ball into Harewood inside the box, he holds the ball up and then has a shot blocked by Wilson for a corner.

  45. 50

    Newcastle keep the pressure on and finally begin to look like league leaders.

  46. 49

    Nolan chases down a long ball down the left and plays it back for Loverkrands, who sidefoots the ball well over from the edge of the box. Wasteful from the Dane, who has barely been involved so far.

  47. 48

    Hughton certainly seems to have told his players to press Forest further up the field. The home side are being put under pressure much sooner.

  48. 47

    No changes at the break, although Newcastle's caretaker boss Chris Hughton may be thinking about replacing Alan Smith. An early booking for the tenacious midfielder seems to have blunted his impact.

  49. 46

    Forest get the second half under way and it's an lively start from the home side.

  50. 47

    Just over two minutes of stoppage time are played and Forest enjoy a 1-0 lead. And that's no more than they deserve as although both sides have hit a post, Forest have been a threat throughout making a host of chances.

  51. 46

    The Newcastle defence is caught square as Moussi finds Anderson and he plays a first-time ball behind the visitors' defence. Taylor plays Blackstock onside and the Forest striker charges forward before steering the ball beyond Harper from the edge of the box and just inside the far post.

  52. 45

    Forest grab a deserved lead through Dexter Blackstock's sixth goal of the season.

  53. 44

    Moussi gifts possession to Guthrie 30 yards out. He exchanges passes with Harewood before crossing into the centre but Carroll's header doesn't even go forwards.

  54. 43

    Gunter heads an aimless Newcastle ball back to Camp.

  55. 42

    Harewood again runs into a dead end, conceding possession to Morgan with Guthrie calling for it out wide.

  56. 41

    Anderson chests the ball down 25 yards put then flicks it over Taylor only to make a poor connection with the shot, and drag it harmlessly wide.

  57. 40

    Harewood latches onto a long clearance and holds off his marker before dragging a hopeful effort well wide from the right side of the box.

  58. 39

    Forest are back on the prowl as half-time approaches.

  59. 38

    Gunter does well to get round Lovenkrands and get a cross in from deep on the right, and Blackstock is unable to direct his header goalwards from 14 yards.

  60. 37

    Anderson has switched to the left wing, though, and cuts inside to try a one-two with Moussi, The return falls for Tyson, who lashes a 20-yard volley just wide of the far post.

  61. 36

    Lull in play after a somewhat frenetic start.

  62. 35

    Guthrie again puts the ball in the box and McKenna steers a header towards his own keeper.

  63. 34

    Guthrie sticks the ball forward towards Carroll, his nod-down finds Harewood eight yards out and his strike partner fails to get the balll under control.

  64. 33

    Play resumes and the referee has a quick word with Nolan and McKenna after the Newcastle midfielder complained that Forest put the ball out for a throw rather than giving it straight back.

  65. 32

    Blackstock receives treatment after suffering a blow to the head in an aerial challenge with Khizanishvili.

  66. 31

    Superb control by Anderson to bring down a long ball over his shoulder. The winger cuts in from the left and tests Harper with a curling 25-yard strike.

  67. 30

    Newcastle have recovered from a shaky start but Forest still look threatening. Billy Davies' men look determined to put a feather in their cap by beating the league leaders.

  68. 29

    Tyson's cut-back comes through the Newcastle box and the visitors then clear McKenna's right-wing cross.

  69. 28

    Morgan turns the rebound behind and Carroll is unable to head Taylor's corner goalwards at the far post.

  70. 27

    Morgan bundles Carroll over 35 yards out and Harewood glances Taylor's free-kick against a post.

  71. 26

    Tyson bundles Jose Enrique off the ball and tries to play a one-two with Anderson on the edge of the visitors' box but the return pass is just too long.

  72. 25

    Carroll claims a foul from the resulting corner as he heads over under a challenge by Kelvin Wilson.

  73. 24

    Morgan heads Ryan Taylor's left-wing corner behind at the far post.

  74. 23

    Andy Carroll picks the ball up just outside the Forest box and runs at the home defence before having a shot deflected wide.

  75. 22

    Nolan's hopeful ball forward is too long for Harewood.

  76. 21

    Newcastle look to have shored things up as they Forest fail to make any inroads into the Toon defence.

  77. 20

    Newcastle enjoy some possession down the left before Jose Enrique floats in a tame cross, which is easily taken by Lee Camp.

  78. 18

    Cohen's left-wing cross is headed well wide by Blackstock.

  79. 17

    Majewski's corner is cleared but Forest keep the pressure on.

  80. 16

    Blackstock brings down a long ball and turns Khizanishvili before finding strike partner Nathan Tyson. He lays off for Majewski, whose 20-yard strike is deflected over by Jose Enrique for a corner.

  81. 15

    Newcastle still struggling to keep hold of possession.

  82. 14

    Majewski's right-wing corner is met by Blackstock, who outwits Khizanishvili to find space 12 yards out, but his downward header comes back off the near post.

  83. 13

    Danny Simpson comes across to block Anderson on teh right and then concedes the first corner of the game from Gunter's lofted ball forward.

  84. 12

    Marlon Harewood has returned to where it all begin but little joy so far for the on-loan Newcastle striker, who again fails to hold the ball up in attack.

  85. 11

    Forest have the ball again and find McKenna in the centre but he fails to find Cohen on the left.

  86. 10

    Quick Forest throw by Gunter finds Majewski, whose right-wing cross is easily taken by Harper.

  87. 9

    Majewski tries to play in Anderson behind Jose Enrique and the Spanish full-back somehow fails to concede a corner.

  88. 8

    Smith works the ball wide righyt for Guthrie, who hits a dismal cross way over the bar.

  89. 7

    Gunter finds McKenna deep on the right and although his low cross is cleared as far as Majewski, the Forest midfielder tests Harper with a curling effort from 20 yards.

  90. 5

    Forest are back in possession in a lightning start at the City Ground.

  91. 4

    Early chance for Forest as Wes Morgan punts the ball forward from halfway, Dexter Blackstock gets behind Zurab Khizanishvili to glance a header goalwards and Haroer has to get down low to his right to make the save.

  92. 3

    Combative midfielder Alan Smith is shown an early yellow card for a foul after a poor ball by left-back Jose Enrique left him short.

  93. 2

    Newcastle's in-form Kevin Nolan almost latches onto a long ball forward.

  94. 1

    The league leaders are happy to hold onto possession for the opening minute and play the ball back to goalkeeper Steve Harper.

  95. Newcastle get things under way at the City Ground sporting black and light blue stripes instead of their usual black and white.

  96. Teams - Forest: Camp; Gunter, Morgan, Wilson, Cohen; Anderson, McKenna, Majewski, Moussi; Tyson, Blackstock. Subs: Smith, Chambers, McGugan, Adebola, McCleary, Garner, McGoldrick.

  97. Welcome to live commentary of this evening's Championship clash between Nottingham Forest and Newcastle.



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