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Bramall Lane (ATT 28,374) 13th April 2009 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: M Jones

Sheff Utd Sheffield United vs Nottingham Forest N Forest

Blades frustrated by Forest

Reds grind out a point despite seeing Wilson dismissed early on

Last Updated: 13/04/09 5:26pm

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Wilson: Moment of madness

Wilson: Moment of madness

Sheffield United's promotion push suffered a slight setback on Monday as they were held 0-0 by 10-man Nottingham Forest.

The Blades could have moved into the Championship's top two with victory at Bramall Lane, but were left frustrated by Billy Davies' plucky strugglers.

Forest, who had Kelvin Wilson dismissed after just 16 minutes, slip back into the relegation zone but have now gone unbeaten through their last three fixtures.

Kevin Blackwell's side, who secured their fifth league win on the trot at promotion rivals Reading on Friday, played without the composure or purpose they had displayed in recent weeks.

A slow start to the contest saw neither side create an opportunity of note before a moment of madness saw Forest reduced to 10 men in the 16th minute.

Wilson inexplicably butted Greg Halford following a tangle on the edge of the visitors' penalty area and referee Mike Jones, standing only yards away, instantly brandished a red card.

But United struggled to make an immediate impression against 10 men and had to wait until the 33rd minute before their first sight of goal when Darius Henderson headed Halford's centre over the crossbar.

Foiled

Blades defender Gary Naysmith then foiled Wes Morgan at the far post as Forest refused to be pushed onto the back foot.

Henderson thundered another header over from David Cotterill's corner, but Paul Smith did well to keep out Halford's far-post header.

The home side continually probed for an opening after the restart, but their first effort on goal, blasted over by Halford from 15 yards, came in the 63rd minute.

Substitute Craig Beattie, a 57th-minute replacement for Cotterill, headed wide soon after, but at the other end Joe Garner wasted a chance to test goalkeeper Paddy Kenny following Chris Gunter's gallop into the box.

Beattie was wayward with a header from Kyle Naughton's cross, but Forest continued to chase and harry to thwart each United attack.

Ian Breckin was penalised for his foul on Henderson in the 82nd minute, but Halford's drive from the subsequent free-kick was comfortably gathered by Smith.

Beattie headed down and wide from Lee Hendrie's corner, then fired in a late curling effort which Smith held, and despite five minutes of injury time Forest continued to throw themselves into every block and challenge to deny Blackwell's outfit.

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Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Nottingham Forest 4 10
2 Watford 4 9
3 Norwich City 4 9
4 Wolverhampton Wanderers 4 9
5 Charlton Athletic 4 8
6 Sheffield Wednesday 4 8
7 Derby County 4 7
8 Cardiff City 4 7
9 Millwall 4 7
10 Blackburn Rovers 4 7
11 Bournemouth 4 6
12 Middlesbrough 4 6
13 Brighton and Hove Albion 4 6
14 Rotherham United 4 6
15 Brentford 4 5
16 Birmingham City 4 5
17 Ipswich Town 4 4
18 Wigan Athletic 4 4
19 Reading 4 4
20 Huddersfield Town 4 4
21 Leeds United 4 3
22 Bolton Wanderers 4 1
23 Blackpool 4 0
24 Fulham 4 0

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