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The Den (ATT 12,330) 27th April 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: K Wright

Millwall Millwall vs Nottingham Forest N Forest

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G Halford (8)

Championship: Nottingham Forest beat Millwall 1-0 at The Den

Last Updated: 27/04/13 7:17pm

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Greg Halford: Hit the winner for Forest

Greg Halford: Hit the winner for Forest

Greg Halford's early goal earned Nottingham Forest a 1-0 win at Millwall to boost their Championship play-off bid.

Halford struck early in the eighth minute with Forest's first goal in four matches to sink the lowly Lions.

Andy Reid swung in a corner from the right and the defender was unmarked as he powered in a header from eight yards.

With Millwall on the back foot Radoslaw Majewski tried his luck from 20 yards and was denied by David Forde at full stretch, before Billy Sharp just failed to force the ball over the line following a goalmouth scramble.

Millwall began to find their feet as the first half wore on and they could have had a penalty when Shaun Batt raced through and went down under Elliott Ward's challenge, but referee Kevin Wright ignored the appeals.

James Henry then lobbed inches over an open goal after Karl Darlow had gone walkabout, and the Lions winger also crashed an angled drive into the side-netting.

After the interval the hard-working Batt was fouled on the edge of the area, but Darlow held Henry's curling free-kick.

Batt almost got his head on to Henry's right-wing cross but was denied by a fine interception by Danny Collins, before a handball appeal against Halford in the box was also waved away.

Forest could have doubled their lead when Reid's curler beat Forde, but not defender Adam Smith on the goal-line.

Forde did better with 10 minutes left with a fine reaction save to deny Marcus Tudgay from point-blank range.

Millwall boss Kenny Jackett threw on strikers John Marquis and Andy Keogh in a bid to snatch a point, but it was defender Karleigh Osborne who came closest to an equaliser with a downward header which flew wide.

However, Millwall have struggled for goals ever since they let last season's top scorer Darius Henderson leave in January - to Forest - and the visitors held out to take the play-off race to the final week of the season.

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1 Derby County 14 26
2 Watford 14 26
3 Wolverhampton Wanderers 14 26
4 Bournemouth 14 24
5 Middlesbrough 14 24
6 Norwich City 14 23
7 Nottingham Forest 14 22
8 Blackburn Rovers 14 22
9 Charlton Athletic 14 22
10 Ipswich Town 14 21
11 Cardiff City 14 19
12 Sheffield Wednesday 14 19
13 Brentford 14 19
14 Reading 14 18
15 Millwall 14 17
16 Rotherham United 14 17
17 Huddersfield Town 14 17
18 Leeds United 14 16
19 Wigan Athletic 14 15
20 Fulham 14 14
21 Brighton and Hove Albion 14 13
22 Bolton Wanderers 14 11
23 Birmingham City 14 11
24 Blackpool 14 6