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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 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

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