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A Match To Remember: Nottingham Forest

6 May 2021

We go back to January 2018 to a memorable trip to the City Ground as the Lilywhites picked up their first win at the home of Nottingham Forest in 15 years.

And the Lilywhites climbed to within three points of the Championship Play-Off places with victory against Aitor Karanka's Forest.

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Billy Bodin put the visitors in front with his first goal for the club, slotting past Jordan Smith from Callum Robinson's through ball.

Tom Barkhuizen doubled the lead, heading home Paul Gallagher's corner and then sealed the win when Daniel Johnson fired in from the penalty spot.

Before the game, all the talk was about Jordan Hugill, who had been left out just before his deadline day move to West Ham United, but then manager Alex Neil's team choice eventually proved to be the right one, though Nottingham Forest had the better of the early chances with Apostolos Vellios twice unable to convert.

But the Reds were unable to turn their opportunities into a single shot on target and couldn't handle an improved North End side after the break.

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Defeat for the hosts was their third in four games under boss Aitor Karanka, leaving them 15th in the table, nine points above the relegation zone.

After the game Karanka said: "I feel embarrassed, I can understand the people today who left before the finish of the game.

"It's been a poor game, a poor performance but we have to keep going and feel confident. In the second half we looked like a team without soul, without spirit, and it's unbelievable that ten days ago we played against Wolves [a 2-0 win] in that way."

Alex Neil added: "I thought it was a really good performance from Billy. I think for him, when a lad moves club, particularly from one part of the country to another, there's a lot of upheaval.

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"He's moving his life, he'd moving home, he's coming away from his girlfriend or his parents and there's a lot of things to get in order, and it's like anything else, if you're not settled off the pitch then on the pitch you don't do as well as you usually would."

Nottingham Forest line-up: Smith, Darikwa, Worrall, Mancienne, Fox, Vaughan, Osborn, Cash, Dowell. McKay (Brereton, 62), Vellios (Ward, 77). Subs not used: Lichaj, Mills, Clough, Brereton, Ward, Henderson, Bouchalakis.

PNE line-up: Rudd, Fisher, Clarke, Huntington, Earl, Pearson (Moult, 85), Gallagher (Johnson, 80), Bodin, Browne, Barkhuizen, Robinson (Horgan, 88). Subs not used: Harrop, Woods, Spurr, Maxwell.

Referee: Mr Geoff Eltringham

Attendance: 22,044

This weekend the season concludes with Jonathan Breeze being joined by former North End striker Brett Ormerod for full match coverage of this 12.30pm kick-off on Saturday lunchtime. Click here to sign up for an iFollow PNE match pass for £10.

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