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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 17 32
2 Bournemouth 17 31
3 Middlesbrough 17 31
4 Ipswich Town 17 30
5 Watford 17 29
6 Brentford 17 28
7 Blackburn Rovers 17 27
8 Charlton Athletic 17 27
9 Wolverhampton Wanderers 17 27
10 Norwich City 17 26
11 Nottingham Forest 17 25
12 Cardiff City 17 23
13 Sheffield Wednesday 17 21
14 Reading 17 21
15 Leeds United 17 20
16 Huddersfield Town 17 20
17 Fulham 17 19
18 Millwall 17 18
19 Rotherham United 17 18
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 17 17
21 Bolton Wanderers 17 17
22 Wigan Athletic 17 16
23 Birmingham City 17 16
24 Blackpool 17 7

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