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Turf Moor (ATT 14,928) 22nd February 2014 - Kick off 15:00

Burnley Burnley vs Nottingham Forest N Forest

Burnley 3

S Arfield (12)
S Vokes (25, 35)

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N Forest 1

D Abdoun (80)

Sky Bet Championship: Burnley 3 Nottingham Forest 1

Last Updated: 24/02/14 12:19pm

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Sam Vokes: Scored twice for Burnley

Sam Vokes: Scored twice for Burnley

Sam Vokes bagged a double before the break as Burnley put an end to Nottingham Forest's 14-game unbeaten Sky Bet Championship run with a 3-1 win.

After Scott Arfield opened the scoring for the Clarets, Vokes, who also netted twice at QPR earlier this month, followed up with two goals in 10 minutes as the hosts went into the break well in charge.

Djamel Abdoun hit back for the visitors towards the end, tapping in after seeing his penalty saved - but Forest could not prevent the hosts easing eight points ahead of them.

Burnley started brightly and almost opened the scoring in the first five minutes when Arfield broke into the box but his shot was hacked off the line by Jamaal Lascelles.

They got the breakthrough their enterprising opening had deserved on 12 minutes as Arfield nutmegged Danny Fox on the edge of the box and lashed past Karl Darlow in the Forest goal for his fifth league goal of the season.

The Clarets continued to threaten, as Michael Kightly evaded the challenge of Gonzalo Jara in midfield before rifling an effort harmlessly wide.

Sean Dyche's side doubled their advantage in the 22nd minute when Kieran Trippier fired a wonderful cross to the back post and Vokes headed the ball beyond the helpless Darlow.

Forest's unbeaten run in the Championship, which stretched back to late November, looked in serious jeopardy as Vokes forced Darlow into a magnificent save before a Michael Duff header was ruled out for offside.

It got worse for the away side 10 minutes before the break as Vokes added his second of the game when his deflected effort looped past Darlow, prompting a wave of disgruntled cries from the Forest fans at the break.

The visitors looked rejuvenated after half-time and Rafik Djebbour tested Tom Heaton for the first time with a header from inside the box.

A corner from Abdoun then found its way to Lascelles, whose effort came back off the crossbar when the defender looked certain to score.

Forest continued to pile on the pressure in search of a way back into the game and Lascelles once again went close - but this time his header was cleared off the line by substitute Keith Treacy.

Danny Ings had a glorious chance to increase Burnley's lead in the second half as he thundered an effort over the bar after a sublime lay-off from Vokes inside the area.

Forest were given a lifeline as a sublime interchange between substitute Simon Cox and Jamie Paterson saw Cox brought down in the box for a penalty.

Heaton did superbly to keep out Abdoun's spot -kick but the stopper was helpless as the Algerian pounced on the rebound to grab a consolation for Forest.

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Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Derby County 18 35
2 Bournemouth 18 32
3 Middlesbrough 18 32
4 Ipswich Town 18 31
5 Brentford 18 31
6 Blackburn Rovers 18 30
7 Watford 18 29
8 Nottingham Forest 18 28
9 Charlton Athletic 18 28
10 Norwich City 18 27
11 Wolverhampton Wanderers 18 27
12 Cardiff City 18 26
13 Sheffield Wednesday 18 22
14 Huddersfield Town 18 21
15 Reading 18 21
16 Leeds United 18 20
17 Fulham 18 19
18 Millwall 18 19
19 Birmingham City 18 19
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 18 18
21 Bolton Wanderers 18 18
22 Rotherham United 18 18
23 Wigan Athletic 18 17
24 Blackpool 18 8