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Swansea   0 - 1   Nottm Forest

Swansea 0-1 Nottingham Forest

Swansea 0-1 Nottingham Forest

David McGoldrick's first-half winner at Swansea City fired Nottingham Forest to third in the Championship table.

The Forest striker's sweet 35th-minute volley from Chris Cohen's header clipped Swans defender Ashley Williams to deceive keeper Dorus de Vries.

Williams and Cedric van der Gun missed great openings and Swansea paid the ultimate price for missing chances.

Forest extended their unbeaten league run to 13 games as they moved two points behind second-placed West Brom.

Billy Davies' visitors showed a clinical edge when they needed it most to show why Forest are still unbeaten on the road this season.

It was the kind of gritty away win when not at full-throttle that can ensure end-of-season achievement as Forest secured their first triumph at Swansea since 1983.

And Swansea boast one of the best home records in the division and are a side that have kept 11 clean sheets, which highlights how big a win this was for Forest.

Van der Gun almost gave Paulo Sousa's men an early lead but, cutting in from the left, the flying Dutchman's angled shot flew just past the post.

He then hit the crossbar midway through the first-half as his left-wing cross deflected onto the woodwork.

Ashley Williams should have turned the rebound into the net as it dropped off the bar but the unmarked Wales defender, at the back post, headed over when it seemed easier to score.

Van der Gunn was proving to be the home side's main threat and the 30-year-old should have scored his second Swans since his summer move when Craig Beattie put him through one-on-one.

He looked set to give Swansea the lead after a neat one-two with targetman Beattie but after a good diagonal run into the box, Van der Gun could not beat Forest keeper Lee Camp, who made an excellent spieling save.

And the Swans were punished for squandering their opportunities as Forest took the lead against the run of play in the 35th minute.

McGoldrick's right-foot 15-yard volley from Cohen's headed set-up was deflected past Swans goalie de Vries by Williams and into the corner of the net.

The Forest striker's third goal of the season was one of few clear-cut chances in a tight game between two Championship play-off contenders.

Forest frustrated Swansea but Sousa's men were often guilty of not committing enough men forward for a team trailing at home - even when Sousa threw on forwards David Cotterill and on-form Lee Trundle.

Club top-scorer Trundle had scored three in two successive cameo appearances and the super sub almost did it again in the final ten minutes as he cut inside but his shot was just over.

While Forest were not a constant goal threat at the Liberty Stadium, with McGoldrick's goal a rare opening, they kept a dangerous team like Swansea at arm's length in a competent and composed manner that will make the division sit up and take notice.


Davies praises Forest work-rate

Nottingham Forest manager Billy Davies said:

"We're disciplined within this unit and I have got nothing but praise for the players.

"I am very pleased with the win as we knew we were coming up against a very good side.

"We decided to give them the ball and let them play with it in areas that wouldn't hurt us. We had a game plan but were never able to kill them off after we went ahead.

"We were made to work hard but were disciplined and looked for the counter-attacks but we missed several clear-cut opportunities.

"The spirit in the camp is good and experience has told me not to look at league positions at this stage of the season. All we can do is enjoy the moment and prepare well for the next game.

"A big thank you to the fans who made the long journey."

Sousa upbeat despite Swans loss

Swansea City manager Paulo Sousa:

"I don't think it was a fair result.

"Against good quality teams you have to take your chances and although we started the game very well, we missed a number of goal-scoring opportunities.

"We made a lot of effort against a well-organised team who came here to play defensively and look for counter-attacks.

"They wasted a lot of time during the game and I am disappointed for the fans but we were unable to give them the win we deserved.


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Saturday, 12 December 2009

Championship

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Swansea 0-1 Nottm Forest FT
(HT 0-1)
    • McGoldrick 35

    Swansea

    • 01 De Vries
    • 02 Williams
    • 05 Tate yellow card
    • 21 Bessone
    • 22 Rangel
    • 07 Britton (Pintado 76)
    • 08 Pratley
    • 10 Orlandi
    • 11 Van der Gun (Cotterill 59)
    • 12 Dyer
    • 09 Beattie (Trundle 53)

    Substitutes

    • 17 Cornell,
    • 26 Serran,
    • 15 Lopez,
    • 24 Allen,
    • 49 Cotterill,
    • 18 Pintado,
    • 19 Trundle

    Nottm Forest

    • 01 Camp yellow card
    • 03 Shorey yellow card
    • 05 Morgan yellow card
    • 06 Wilson
    • 16 Gunter
    • 07 Anderson (McCleary 87)
    • 15 Cohen
    • 18 McKenna yellow card
    • 28 Majewski
    • 09 Adebola (Blackstock 74)
    • 17 McGoldrick (Tyson 66)

    Substitutes

    • 21 Smith,
    • 04 Chambers,
    • 08 McGugan,
    • 10 Earnshaw,
    • 11 Tyson,
    • 12 McCleary,
    • 23 Blackstock
    Ref: HooperAtt: 16,690
    SWANSEA
    NOTTM FOREST

    Possession

    • Swansea 57%
    • Nottm Forest 43%

    Attempts on target

    • Swansea 2
    • Nottm Forest 4

    Attempts off target

    • Swansea 7
    • Nottm Forest 3

    Corners

    • Swansea 7
    • Nottm Forest 4

    Fouls

    • Swansea 7
    • Nottm Forest 18
    • 90:00+1:23 Booking Lee Camp booked.
    • 89:51 Free kick taken by Alan Tate.
    • 89:51 Booking Paul McKenna receives a caution.
    • 89:40 Nathan Dyer fouled by Paul McKenna, the ref awards a free kick.
    • 86:07 Substitution Paul Anderson leaves the field to be replaced by Garath McCleary.
    • 85:45 Shot from deep inside the area by Lee Trundle goes over the bar.
    • 85:03 David Cotterill takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, Paul McKenna manages to make a clearance.
    • 84:17 Andrea Orlandi takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance by Paul McKenna.
    • 83:47 Foul by Nicky Shorey on David Cotterill, free kick awarded. Andrea Orlandi crosses the ball in from the free kick, Paul McKenna manages to make a clearance.
    • 81:39 Darren Pratley takes the indirect free kick.
    • 81:39 Booking Booking for Wes Morgan.
    • 81:30 Free kick awarded for a foul by Wes Morgan on Lee Trundle.
    • 80:40 Unfair challenge on Nathan Tyson by Angel Rangel results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Radoslaw Majewski. Shot on goal by Nathan Tyson from just inside the area goes over the target.
    • 76:32 Unfair challenge on Ashley Williams by Dexter Blackstock results in a free kick. Ashley Williams takes the free kick.
    • 76:00 Lee Trundle has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.
    • 76:00 Substitution Leon Britton goes off and Gorka Pintado comes on.
    • 73:09 Dorus De Vries takes the indirect free kick.
    • 73:09 Substitution Dexter Blackstock replaces Dele Adebola.
    • 73:09 Nathan Tyson is caught offside.
    • 70:58 Shot on goal by David Cotterill from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
    • 67:56 Kelvin Wilson takes the indirect free kick.
    • 67:56 Booking Alan Tate is shown a yellow card.
    • 67:47 Alan Tate gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nathan Tyson.
    • 66:47 Wes Morgan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lee Trundle. Indirect free kick taken by Leon Britton.
    • 65:43 Substitution Nathan Tyson comes on in place of David McGoldrick.
    • 65:31 The assistant referee flags for offside against Lee Trundle. Kelvin Wilson takes the free kick.
    • 63:36 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Radoslaw Majewski, clearance made by Darren Pratley.
    • 61:11 Paul McKenna challenges Andrea Orlandi unfairly and gives away a free kick. Alan Tate restarts play with the free kick.
    • 59:36 Wes Morgan fouled by Lee Trundle, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Kelvin Wilson.
    • 58:11 Substitution David Cotterill replaces Cedric Van der Gun.
    • 57:29 Radoslaw Majewski produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that goes wide left of the target.
    • 56:16 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lee Trundle by Wes Morgan. Andrea Orlandi crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel.
    • 55:05 Chris Cohen takes the inswinging corner, Radoslaw Majewski takes a shot. Save by Dorus De Vries.
    • 52:38 Substitution Lee Trundle is brought on as a substitute for Craig Beattie.
    • 50:32 Chris Gunter concedes a free kick for a foul on Nathan Dyer. Angel Rangel restarts play with the free kick.
    • 48:55 Corner taken left-footed by Andrea Orlandi to the near post, Lee Camp makes a save. Corner taken by Andrea Orlandi played to the near post, clearance made by Paul McKenna.
    • Correction - 47:59 Foul by Chris Cohen on Darren Pratley, free kick awarded. Darren Pratley restarts play with the free kick.
    • 47:59 Foul by Chris Cohen on Darren Pratley, free kick awarded. Indirect free kick taken by Darren Pratley.
    • 46:22 Darren Pratley challenges Paul McKenna unfairly and gives away a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Nicky Shorey.
    • 45:39 Andrea Orlandi delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, clearance by Ashley Williams.
    • 45:39 Booking Nicky Shorey receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.
    • 45:26 Nicky Shorey concedes a free kick for a foul on Nathan Dyer.
    • 45:01 The second half begins.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+2:08 The ref blows to signal half-time.
    • 45:00+0:13 Corner taken short by Radoslaw Majewski.
    • 45:00+0:01 Radoslaw Majewski takes a shot. Save by Dorus De Vries.
    • 42:51 Radoslaw Majewski takes a shot. Blocked by Alan Tate.
    • 41:35 Unfair challenge on Leon Britton by Dele Adebola results in a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Andrea Orlandi, clearance by Wes Morgan.
    • 39:03 The offside flag is raised against Radoslaw Majewski. Indirect free kick taken by Ashley Williams.
    • 37:42 Wes Morgan challenges Craig Beattie unfairly and gives away a free kick. Shot comes in from Andrea Orlandi from the free kick.
    • 34:35 Assist by Wes Morgan.
    • 34:35 GOAL - David McGoldrickSwansea 0 - 1 Nottm Forest A goal is scored by David McGoldrick from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Swansea 0-1 Nottm Forest.
    • 33:54 Unfair challenge on Dele Adebola by Ashley Williams results in a free kick. Paul McKenna restarts play with the free kick.
    • 31:06 Andrea Orlandi takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, Paul McKenna makes a clearance.
    • 29:55 Cedric Van der Gun takes a shot. Lee Camp makes a save.
    • 28:13 Chris Cohen is adjudged to have handled the ball. Indirect free kick taken by Federico Bessone.
    • 27:56 Nathan Dyer has a curled shot. Save made by Lee Camp.
    • 27:09 Short corner taken by Darren Pratley.
    • 24:52 Unfair challenge on Chris Cohen by Cedric Van der Gun results in a free kick. Wes Morgan restarts play with the free kick.
    • 22:33 Paul McKenna concedes a free kick for a foul on Darren Pratley. Free kick crossed right-footed by Andrea Orlandi, clearance made by Dele Adebola.
    • 21:51 Kelvin Wilson concedes a free kick for a foul on Craig Beattie. Leon Britton restarts play with the free kick.
    • 19:07 Dorus De Vries makes a save. The ball is swung over by Nicky Shorey, David McGoldrick takes a shot.
    • 18:11 The ball is delivered by Cedric Van der Gun, Header from close range by Ashley Williams clears the bar.
    • 17:26 Andrea Orlandi takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post.
    • 14:02 Angel Rangel delivers the ball.
    • 12:34 Corner taken by Radoslaw Majewski played to the near post, Craig Beattie makes a clearance.
    • 12:00 Chris Gunter fouled by Cedric Van der Gun, the ref awards a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Wes Morgan.
    • 11:17 Radoslaw Majewski gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Darren Pratley. Alan Tate restarts play with the free kick.
    • 6:29 Effort on goal by Cedric Van der Gun from deep inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
    • 3:07 Shot from outside the penalty box by Craig Beattie goes wide right of the goal.
    • 2:14 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andrea Orlandi by Chris Cohen. Indirect free kick taken by Cedric Van der Gun.
    • 1:30 Free kick awarded for a foul by David McGoldrick on Darren Pratley. Free kick taken by Andrea Orlandi.
    • 0:00 The referee gets the game started.

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    Championship table

    Saturday, 12 December 2009 17:03 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    Full Championship table
    1 Newcastle 21 23 46
    2 West Brom 20 22 38
    3 Nottm Forest 21 11 36
    4 Leicester 21 3 34
    5 Cardiff 20 15 33
    6 Swansea 21 0 32
    7 Blackpool 21 8 31
    8 Sheff Utd 21 2 31
    9 Bristol City 21 1 30
    10 Watford 21 -3 30
    11 Middlesbrough 20 6 29
    12 Preston 21 1 29
    13 Crystal Palace 21 -1 29
    14 QPR 20 4 28
    15 Doncaster 21 1 27
    16 Barnsley 20 -6 26
    17 Derby 21 -7 25
    18 Scunthorpe 21 -14 23
    19 Coventry 21 -9 22
    20 Ipswich 21 -8 21
    21 Reading 21 -10 21
    22 Sheff Wed 21 -12 18
    23 Plymouth 20 -16 15
    24 Peterborough 21 -11 14



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