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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 22 42
2 Ipswich Town 22 41
3 Brentford 22 40
4 Middlesbrough 22 39
5 Derby County 22 39
6 Watford 22 38
7 Norwich City 22 34
8 Blackburn Rovers 22 34
9 Nottingham Forest 22 31
10 Wolverhampton Wanderers 22 31
11 Cardiff City 22 30
12 Charlton Athletic 22 30
13 Fulham 22 28
14 Sheffield Wednesday 22 28
15 Birmingham City 22 28
16 Bolton Wanderers 22 26
17 Reading 22 25
18 Leeds United 22 24
19 Rotherham United 22 24
20 Huddersfield Town 22 24
21 Millwall 22 23
22 Brighton and Hove Albion 22 19
23 Wigan Athletic 22 17
24 Blackpool 22 13

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