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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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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