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The City Ground (ATT 24,165) 23rd April 2005 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: P Walton

N Forest Nottingham Forest vs Burnley Burnley

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Forest still going

By Mark Buckingham.   Last Updated: 23/04/05 6:30pm

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Nottingham Forest staved off relegation for at least another week as they edged to a 1-0 win at home to Burnley.

Kris Commons scored the only goal at The City Ground to move Forest to within four points of Championship safety.

The furore over several members of the Forest squad being out on the town in midweek seemed to help, rather than hinder, their survival fight as they put on a spirited show against Burnley.

An early Paul Evans free kick was blocked by James O'Connor while at the opposite end Ade Akinbiyi shot wide for the visitors.

The Clarets wasted a good chance on 30 minutes when O'Connor could only head tamely at Forest keeper Colin Doyle from Lee Roche's cross.

Gary Megson's half time teamtalk did the trick for Forest as they emerged the stronger team in the second period.

But chances were still being created by Burnley as Doyle denied Akinbiyi before former Clarets ace Gareth Taylor helped to sink his old club on 70 minutes.

Taylor slipped a pass to John Curtis on the wing and the full back's cross was headed back across goal by Scott Dobie for Commons to lash home.

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Sky Bet Championship

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

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