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The City Ground (ATT 19,745) 1st September 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: G Salisbury

N Forest Nottingham Forest vs Charlton Athletic Charlton

N Forest 2

L McGugan (17)
S Hutchinson (75)

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Charlton 1

L Camp (og 88)

Forest edge past Addicks

Last Updated: 01/09/12 5:49pm

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McGugan: Scored in second successive game

McGugan: Scored in second successive game

Nottingham Forest maintained their unbeaten start to the Championship campaign with a 2-1 victory over Charlton.

Lewis McGugan scored for the second league game running to give Forest a 17th-minute lead and on-loan Chelsea defender Sam Hutchinson netted his first senior goal after 75 minutes.

An own goal by Reds goalkeeper Lee Camp two minutes from time set up a nervy finale for the hosts but they saw out the remaining time to seal a deserved win.

Forest totally dominated the first half, with McGugan pulling the strings in midfield.

Charlton arrived at the City Ground also unbeaten since their promotion back to the second tier but the Addicks never looked like returning to south London with that record intact, rarely worrying Camp in the Forest goal until it was too late.

Hutchinson, McGugan, Adlene Guedioura and Dexter Blackstock came back into the Forest team after O'Driscoll had given some of his fringe players a run out against Wigan in the Capital One Cup in midweek.

Deadline-day signings Billy Sharp and James Coppinger were included on the bench.

Charlton boss Chris Powell just made one change with Jordan Cook replacing the absent Dale Stephens.

Powell brought in David Button on a two-year deal from Tottenham this week and the keeper was amongst the substitutes as cover for Ben Hamer.

Forest started brightly and almost went ahead after eight minutes but Guedioura's shot from inside the area hit the crossbar.

O'Driscoll's side went ahead shortly afterwards. McGugan was credited with the goal when his free-kick from wide on the left touchline was missed by Hamer and sneaked inside the post without a touch from anyone inside the crowded penalty box.

It might have been 2-0 straight away had Blackstock done better with his header from 12 yards out.

Simon Cox brought a solid save from Hamer just before half-time as Forest went into the break only one goal ahead, but leading comfortably.

Camp was called into action early in the second half to keep out an effort from Cook, which he needed two attempts at grasping.

Hutchinson gave Forest a two-goal cushion with a neat finish following Blackstock's lay-off and it appeared to be game over, with O'Driscoll bringing on new recruits Sharp and Coppinger for late run outs.

However, recent Charlton signing Ricardo Fuller played a part in the visitors getting a goal back.

The debutant's close-range header struck a post but somehow found its way into the back of the net via Camp's head from the rebound.

Forest held on, despite the late setback, and moved up to third in the table.

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Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 39 73
2 Watford 39 72
3 Middlesbrough 39 72
4 Norwich City 39 70
5 Derby County 39 67
6 Ipswich Town 39 67
7 Brentford 39 66
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 39 65
9 Nottingham Forest 39 57
10 Blackburn Rovers 39 54
11 Charlton Athletic 39 54
12 Sheffield Wednesday 39 53
13 Leeds United 39 52
14 Cardiff City 39 51
15 Birmingham City 38 47
16 Brighton and Hove Albion 39 45
17 Bolton Wanderers 39 45
18 Huddersfield Town 39 44
19 Reading 38 44
20 Fulham 39 43
21 Rotherham United 39 40
22 Wigan Athletic 39 35
23 Millwall 39 33
24 Blackpool 39 23