Sloppy defending gifts Forest win
Ashton Gate, Bristol
25 April 2011; 15:00
Three sloppy pieces of defending cost Bristol City as Forest strengthened their grip on a play-off place at Ashton Gate.
City boss Keith Millen made five changes from the side narrowly beaten by Sheffield United two days ago, with fit-again Louis Carey, Cole Skuse, Jamal Campbell-Ryce, David Clarkson and Jon Stead all restored to the starting line-up.
Not that it made an iota of difference as Forest swept into a fourth minute lead.
After forcing a save from David James moments earlier, Lewis McGugan's right-wing cross was swept in by Kris Boyd.
And after Stead had fired just wide and Campbell-Ryce dragged his shot past the post, Forest doubled their lead against the run of play.
The lively McGugan went down in the penalty box following a clumsy Louis Carey challenge, allowing Boyd to step up and score his - and his side's - second of the afternoon.
City were playing some nice stuff and got their just rewards when Marvin Elliott's far post header finished off a slick passing move on 47 mintues.
A superb passing move involving four City players sent Campbell-Ryce away down the left and his cross picked out Elliott to give the home side hope.
Albert Adomah's drive from the edge of the box flew narrowly over the top, before Stead deservedly headed City level on the hour.
Jordan Spence picked out the former Ipswich striker who guided his header back across Forest 'keeper Lee Camp and inside the far post.
Just when it looked like the spoils would be shared for another year, the impressive McGugan swang in a 72nd minute cross for Luke Chambers to loop his header over James to win it.
Millen sent on Marlon Jackson for his City debut and the youngster thought he had made an instant impact with a stoppage equaliser only for the referee to rule it out for handball.
CITY (4-4-2): James; Spence, Carey (Jackson '87), Nyatanga, McAllister; Adomah, Skuse, Elliott, Campbell-Ryce; Clarkson (Pitman '74), Stead.
FOREST (4-4-2): Camp; Moloney (Gunter '77), Morgan, Chambers, Konchesky; Moussi, McKenna, Cohen, McGugan (Bennett '81); Earnshaw, Boyd (Findley '65).
REFEREE: Roger East (Wiltshire)
* Match ratings provided by Ian Gay.
David James - 5
Jordan Spence - 7
Lewin Nyatanga - 7
Louis Carey - 4
Jamie McAllister - 6
Albert Adomah - 6
Cole Skuse - 5
Marvin Elliott - 6
Jamal Campbell-Ryce - 6
David Clarkson - 4
Jon Stead - 7
Brett Pitman - 6
Marlon Jackson - 6
With Stewart, Fontaine, Caulker, Ribiero & Cisse all missing through injury and Maynard suspended, Milly couldn't have done much different. However, I still reckon that Pitman should have started in place of Clarkson who must surely be on his way in the close season.
Dominance counts for nothing!