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Cardiff   0 - 2   Nott'm Forest

Cardiff 0-2 Nottingham Forest

Cardiff 0-2 Nottingham Forest

Cardiff City were knocked off the top of the Championship after Lewis McGugan inspired Nottingham Forest to victory.

The midfielder curled home a fine right-foot shot from the edge of the area for his ninth goal of the season.

McGugan turned provider late on, racing away and pulling the ball back for Dexter Blackstock to seal the win.

New England cap Jay Bothroyd missed two chances for Cardiff, shooting wide after rounding Lee Camp and then heading straight at the goalkeeper.

Forest's win came at a cost, however, after Blackstock was carried off on a stretcher with what appeared to be a serious leg injury following a collision with Cardiff midfielder Seyi Olofinjana.

Cardiff had started brightly and went close in the fourth minute when Craig Bellamy collected possession and hit a 25-yard shot over the crossbar.

Wes Morgan then fouled Olofinjana and and Peter Whittingham curled a 20-yard free-kick just over.

Forest were not without a threat themselves and they went close in the 12th minute when Chris Cohen drove a shot just wide from 25 yards.

The visitors struck the opening blow out of the blue midway through the opening period, when McGugan collected a pass from Dele Adebola and drilled a superb 25-yard shot high into the net.

The Nottingham-born midfielder, 22, tried his luck again three minutes later when he shot just wide of the post from the edge of the 18-yard box.

McGugan's goal seemed to stun Cardiff as Forest began to build up a head of steam as the interval approached.

In the 29th minute, former Bluebirds favourite Robert Earnshaw curled a delightful left-footed effort towards goal but Tom Heaton made a routine save.

Forest midfielder Guy Moussi then drilled a shot wide, before Whittingham rifled an effort over the bar for Cardiff.

The Bluebirds made a tactical switch at half-time, replacing the ineffective Michael Chopra with Daniel Drinkwater.

Missed chances cost Cardiff - Burton

Yet Forest could have been 2-0 ahead eight minutes after the restart when an inswinging corner from Cohen was greeted by Moussi's header from six yards.

The ball flew over the crossbar but it summed up Forest's goal threat as Cardiff tried to haul themselves back into the game.

Adebola then had a shot saved by Heaton before Forest wrapped up the points with six minutes remaining.

McGugan showed intelligence to find Blackstock with a neat pass and the substitute striker, who had replaced Earnshaw in the 70th minute, fired home left-footed from 12 yards before succumbing to a serious-looking injury.

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Saturday, 20 November 2010

Npower Championship

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Cardiff 0-2 Nott'm Forest FT
(HT 0-1)
    • McGugan 23
    • Blackstock 84

    Cardiff

    • 22 Heaton
    • 02 McNaughton
    • 05 Hudson
    • 06 Gyepes
    • 07 Whittingham
    • 19 Koumas
    • 20 Olofinjana
    • 23 Blake (Matthews 81)
    • 08 Chopra (Drinkwater 48)
    • 09 Bothroyd
    • 39 Bellamy

    Substitutes

    • 01 Marshall,
    • 04 Rae,
    • 21 Drinkwater,
    • 27 Matthews,
    • 28 Wildig,
    • 17 Keogh

    Nott'm Forest

    • 01 Camp
    • 03 Bertrand
    • 04 Chambers yellow card
    • 05 Morgan
    • 16 Gunter
    • 08 McGugan
    • 15 Cohen yellow card
    • 19 Moussi
    • 09 Adebola
    • 10 Earnshaw (Blackstock 70) (Rodney 89)
    • 12 McCleary yellow card (Lynch 85)

    Substitutes

    • 21 Smith,
    • 33 Lynch,
    • 26 Thornhill,
    • 28 Majewski,
    • 23 Blackstock,
    • 43 Rodney
    Ref: WebsterAtt: 23,526
    CARDIFF
    NOTT'M FOREST

    Possession

    • Cardiff 49%
    • Nott'm Forest 51%

    Attempts on target

    • Cardiff 1
    • Nott'm Forest 6

    Attempts off target

    • Cardiff 9
    • Nott'm Forest 4

    Corners

    • Cardiff 6
    • Nott'm Forest 3

    Fouls

    • Cardiff 9
    • Nott'm Forest 22
    • Final Result
    • 90:00+6:11 Daniel Drinkwater sends in a cross, Header by Seyi Olofinjana from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+5:33 The referee brings the game to a close.
    • 90:00+4:40 Corner taken by Craig Bellamy, clearance by Chris Cohen.
    • 90:00+3:37 Shot from deep inside the area by Craig Bellamy clears the crossbar.
    • 90:00+3:04 Free kick awarded for a foul by Nialle Rodney on Gabor Gyepes. Tom Heaton takes the free kick.
    • 88:30 Substitution Dexter Blackstock leaves the field to be replaced by Nialle Rodney.
    • 87:00 Dele Adebola challenges Gabor Gyepes unfairly and gives away a free kick. Tom Heaton takes the direct free kick.
    • 86:05 Dexter Blackstock takes a shot. Blocked by Gabor Gyepes.
    • 84:36 Substitution Joel Lynch on for Garath McCleary.
    • 83:51 Assist by Lewis McGugan.
    • 83:51 GOAL - Dexter BlackstockCardiff 0 - 2 Nott'm Forest Dexter Blackstock gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Cardiff 0-2 Nottm Forest.
    • 81:38 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Peter Whittingham, Unfair challenge on Lee Camp by Jay Bothroyd results in a free kick. Lee Camp takes the direct free kick.
    • 80:50 Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Cohen on Darcy Blake. Peter Whittingham crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by Dexter Blackstock.
    • 80:50 Substitution (Cardiff) makes a substitution, with Adam Matthews coming on for Darcy Blake.
    • 79:07 Chris Cohen concedes a free kick for a foul on Daniel Drinkwater. Direct free kick taken by Tom Heaton.
    • 77:44 Peter Whittingham takes the inswinging corner, free kick awarded for a foul by Mark Hudson on Lee Camp. Free kick taken by Lee Camp.
    • 76:45 Jason Koumas fouled by Garath McCleary, the ref awards a free kick. Jason Koumas delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, clearance by Wes Morgan.
    • 74:44 Dele Adebola takes a shot. Tom Heaton makes a save.
    • 74:07 Peter Whittingham has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the target.
    • 73:41 Unfair challenge on Peter Whittingham by Guy Moussi results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Darcy Blake.
    • 73:21 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Seyi Olofinjana by Dele Adebola. Direct free kick taken by Gabor Gyepes.
    • 71:56 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Peter Whittingham from the right by-line, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Seyi Olofinjana misses to the right of the target.
    • 71:23 Booking Chris Cohen booked.
    • 70:57 Garath McCleary challenges Kevin McNaughton unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Tom Heaton.
    • 70:57 Booking Garath McCleary receives a caution.
    • 69:24 Foul by Peter Whittingham on Ryan Bertrand, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Lee Camp.
    • 69:24 Substitution Dexter Blackstock joins the action as a substitute, replacing Robert Earnshaw.
    • 67:34 Garath McCleary gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kevin McNaughton. Direct free kick taken by Tom Heaton.
    • 65:10 Daniel Drinkwater concedes a free kick for a foul on Luke Chambers. Luke Chambers takes the free kick.
    • 64:32 Free kick awarded for a foul by Luke Chambers on Tom Heaton. Tom Heaton takes the direct free kick.
    • 64:32 Booking Luke Chambers is booked.
    • 63:38 Wes Morgan fouled by Seyi Olofinjana, the ref awards a free kick. Lewis McGugan delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, save by Tom Heaton.
    • 62:57 Corner taken left-footed by Chris Cohen from the right by-line, Gabor Gyepes makes a clearance.
    • 61:59 Luke Chambers challenges Jay Bothroyd unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Darcy Blake.
    • 61:14 Shot from just outside the penalty area by Lewis McGugan misses to the left of the target.
    • 53:38 Craig Bellamy produces a cross, Jay Bothroyd takes a shot. Lee Camp makes a save.
    • 52:26 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Chris Cohen, Guy Moussi produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the crossbar.
    • 51:30 Dele Adebola challenges Gabor Gyepes unfairly and gives away a free kick. Tom Heaton takes the direct free kick.
    • 47:09 Substitution Daniel Drinkwater is brought on as a substitute for Michael Chopra.
    • 45:01 The second half kicks off.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:05 The players leave the pitch at half time.
    • 41:11 Free kick awarded for a foul by Dele Adebola on Seyi Olofinjana. Tom Heaton takes the free kick.
    • 39:43 Shot by Peter Whittingham from outside the box goes high over the target.
    • 37:21 Robert Earnshaw is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Tom Heaton.
    • 35:07 Dele Adebola gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Darcy Blake. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Mark Hudson, clearance by Wes Morgan.
    • 34:03 Michael Chopra fouled by Guy Moussi, the ref awards a free kick. Mark Hudson restarts play with the free kick.
    • 32:43 Lewis McGugan takes a corner.
    • 32:27 Guy Moussi has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
    • 31:07 Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Cohen on Peter Whittingham. Tom Heaton takes the direct free kick.
    • 29:52 Michael Chopra is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Lee Camp.
    • 29:27 Dele Adebola challenges Gabor Gyepes unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Tom Heaton.
    • 28:21 Effort from 25 yards by Robert Earnshaw. Comfortable save by Tom Heaton.
    • 26:46 Inswinging corner taken by Peter Whittingham from the right by-line, Jay Bothroyd challenges Lee Camp unfairly and gives away a free kick. Lee Camp takes the free kick.
    • 26:00 Lewis McGugan has an effort at goal from the edge of the area that misses to the right of the target.
    • 24:29 Darcy Blake fouled by Garath McCleary, the ref awards a free kick. Mark Hudson takes the direct free kick.
    • 23:44 The referee penalises Robert Earnshaw for handball. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Darcy Blake, Wes Morgan manages to make a clearance.
    • 22:33 Assist on the goal came from Dele Adebola.
    • 22:33 GOAL - Lewis McGuganCardiff 0 - 1 Nott'm Forest Goal scored by Lewis McGugan from outside the area high into the middle of the goal. Cardiff 0-1 Nottm Forest.
    • 21:32 Jay Bothroyd concedes a free kick for a foul on Ryan Bertrand. Direct free kick taken by Lewis McGugan.
    • 18:49 Shot by Jay Bothroyd from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.
    • 16:27 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Chopra by Wes Morgan. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Craig Bellamy.
    • 12:42 Unfair challenge on Jay Bothroyd by Luke Chambers results in a free kick. Peter Whittingham crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, Chris Cohen makes a clearance.
    • 11:58 Foul by Mark Hudson on Robert Earnshaw, free kick awarded. Guy Moussi restarts play with the free kick.
    • 11:28 Chris Cohen has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses right.
    • 8:31 Seyi Olofinjana fouled by Wes Morgan, the ref awards a free kick. Peter Whittingham has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.
    • 7:47 Free kick awarded for a foul by Dele Adebola on Gabor Gyepes. Tom Heaton restarts play with the free kick.
    • 4:46 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jay Bothroyd on Chris Gunter. Direct free kick taken by Wes Morgan.
    • 3:54 Shot by Craig Bellamy from outside the box goes high over the crossbar.
    • 2:24 Craig Bellamy takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Wes Morgan.
    • 0:35 Craig Bellamy takes a shot. Blocked by Wes Morgan.
    • 0:00 The match has kicked off.

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    Npower Championship table snapshot

    As it stood on 20 Nov 2010 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 QPR 18 25 38
    2 Cardiff 18 15 36
    3 Swansea 18 9 33
    4 Derby 18 11 30
    5 Leeds 18 0 28
    6 Nott'm Forest 18 5 27
    7 Doncaster 18 2 27
    8 Norwich 18 2 27
    9 Coventry 18 2 27
    10 Burnley 18 6 26
    11 Reading 18 6 25
    12 Barnsley 18 -5 25
    13 Ipswich 18 -2 24
    14 Watford 18 2 23
    15 Millwall 18 0 23
    16 Portsmouth 18 -2 22
    17 Leicester 18 -8 22
    18 Sheff Utd 18 -8 22
    19 Hull 18 -6 21
    20 Scunthorpe 18 -7 20
    21 Bristol City 18 -9 20
    22 Middlesbrough 18 -10 17
    23 Crystal Palace 18 -13 17
    24 Preston 18 -15 14


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