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Posted Tue 01 Feb 11 at 21:44 PM

Coventry City 1 v 2 Nottingham Forest

Nottingham Forest extend their League run of wins to five after doing the double on Coventry City.

After a poor start for both sides, Coventry took the lead but two goals in four minutes for Forest turned a deficit into a lead and by the end of the first half Forest were in control of the game.

Coventry dominated much of the second half as they pushed forward to get the elusive equalizer but Forest defended well to withstand the pressure that the home side put on the Forest goal.

It was a quiet start to the game with Forest having a half chance five minutes in with a long shot from Marcus Tudgay which was easily parried away by Keiren Westwood.

And they produced a good move down the wing with Chris Gunter playing the ball through to Robert Earnshaw, but the offside flag went up as his ball went just wide of the post. Coventry's first chance came from a free kick on the right, but the shot from Gary McSheffrey was easy for Lee Camp to punch away.

Forest had another half-chance when Chris Cohen crossed the ball to the feet of Tudgay, who let it run for Lewis McGugan whose shot from a tight angle on the edge of the six-yard box went high over the crossbar.

The first real save of the half came from good delivery by Cohen into the box and Guy Moussi got past his defender, but the ball went straight to Westwood.

But it was Coventry who took the lead with a scrappy goal in the 27th minute. Freddy Eastwood headed the ball in and Camp parried it out towards Marlon King. The Forest keeper kept his first effort out but King followed up and bundled the ball over the line.

Forest were back on level terms just four minutes later after Baker tried to intercept Cohen's cross to stop McGugan from reaching it. But the Forest player got there first, looked up and smashed the ball towards goal from 30 yards out. It bounced in front of Westwood and went in over the keeper as he dived to try and block it.

And they had a chance to take the lead from a lovely ball by Chris Gunter into the path of Paul Anderson who made a perfect run but dragged the ball wide.

But they were in front shortly after when Moussi made the break down the right. He looked about to pull up injured as he stopped running, but as he did so he put in a great cross to Robert Earnshaw who swivelled and belted the ball into the top of the net.

It was Moussi's last involvement in the game and came off injured to be replaced by Paul McKenna with eight minutes of the half remaining.

Forest were all over Coventry by the end of the half and twice in stoppage time defender Richard Wood had to clear the danger in the penalty area.

Forest made a good break four minutes into the second half with Tudgay heading the ball to Cohen who crossed towards Earnshaw as he made a surging run forward and substitute Jordan Clarke did well to intercept the ball.

Coventry had a good spell following this and came close from a dangerous cross by King to the far post where Eastwood's header was only just off target.

And Forest were pushed deeper and deeper as the home side continued to get forward and they threatened again when substitute Clive Platt fed the ball through to Lucas Jutkiewicz who drilled it into the side netting.

Coventry came close to a late equalizer from a good cross by King which was aimed towards Platt, but the ball was a fraction too high and Camp was able to claim the ball.

It was an anxious last few minutes but Forest defended well to hold onto their lead to take all three points.

Forest: Camp(C), Gunter, Morgan, Chambers, Konchesky, Moussi(McKenna 37min), Anderson, Cohen, McGugan(Adebola 66min),Tudgay, Earnshaw(Lynch 76min)
Subs not used: Smith, Majewski, McCleary, McGoldrick,
Scorer: McGugan 31min, Earnshaw 36min

Coventry City: Westwood(C), Keogh, O'Halloran, Cameron(Clarke 45minHT), King, Eastwood(Platt 68min), Cranie, Gunnarson, Baker, McSheffrey(Jutkiewicz 67min), Wood
Subs not used: Ireland(GK), Bell, O'Donovan, Ruffles
Scorer: King 26min

Referee: A D'Urso
Attendance: 14,631 away attn: 2,132

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