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Posted Sat 30 Apr 11 at 16:58 PM

Nottingham Forest 5 v 1 Scunthorpe Unite

Nottingham Forest's play-off place is almost certainly secured after a 5-1 win which saw Scunthorpe United relagated.

Forest looked in total control of the game, scoring twice early in the first half. But a good ten minutes play from Scunthorpe saw them get a goal back from the penalty spot and Forest looked less in charge towards the end of the half.

An early goal for Forest in the second half gave them the impetus they needed and they dominated much of the second half, scoring two more in the process for an emphatic win.

After early pressure from Forest, Scunthorpe had the first shot on target when Mark Duffy found himself with space on the left, but Lee Camp was able to get down and put the ball out for a corner.

But Forest were in front not long after when the Scunthorpe defence stopped in their tracks when they thought Robert Earnshaw was going to be called offside. But the Forest striker took himself out of the play and Kris Boyd ran through to get on the end of the through ball. Joe Murphy ran out to close him down but Boyd sent the ball past him and into an empty net.

And Earnshaw almost made it 2-0 when he got on the end of Chris Gunter's cross but Murphy made an excellent save to put the ball out for a corner.

And the early when he blasted the ball through the wall and it was deflected in, in the 90th minute to make it 5-1.
keeper made another great save as he turned round a superb long-range shot from Gunter.

Forest doubled their lead in the 24th minute after it initially looked like the ball had been cleared off the line. A superb corner in from Chris Cohen found Player of the Season Luke Chambers on the six-yard line. His header sent the ball thundering towards goal and Sam Togwell staggered back as he made the clearance, but the linesman quickly indicated that the ball had already gone over the line.

Ramon Nunez almost got a quick one back for Scunthorpe with a great lob towards goal from 20 yards and Camp had to reach high to tip the ball over the bar.

And they threatened again when Konchesky's back-header towards Camp didn't have enough power on it and Bobby Grant took advantage, forcing an excellent save from the Forest keeper.

Scunthorpe got a goal back when they were awarded a penalty after Gunter brought down Nunez inside the box. Michael O'Connor took the penalty well, blasting the ball into the top corner.

Forest were less convincing in the final ten minutes of the half but some good work down the left in stoppage time and a good cross in ended in Murphy having to clear the ball off the line.

Billy Davies made two substitutions at half time, bringing on Paul Anderson for David McGoldrick and Guy Moussi for Paul McKenna.

And Anderson's return from injury saw him score Forest's third goal within two minutes of him coming on.It was beautiful delivery from McGugan's free kick into the six-yard box where Anderson smashed the ball in from a tight angle.

Forest had more pace and urgency about them after that but, on occasions, careless play saw them give the ball away too often.

With 20 minutes to go, Forest won a free kick on the edge of the D, after Cohen was tripped as he tried to work his way round three Scunthorpe players.

Earnshaw took the ball out of McGugan's arms and sent the ball flying towards the top of the net, forcing Murphy to tip it over for a corner.

McGugan received a standing ovation from the home crowd when he was substituted in the 76th minute, replaced by Julian Bennett.

Forest scored their fourth after Bennett won a free kick to the left of the penalty area. Cohen sent the ball across to the far post where it dropped between Chambers and two defenders and the Forest player managed to squeeze the ball over the line for his second of the game.

Forest won another free kick in the 88th minute in the middle of the D and Earnshaw was sent off for his second yellow card when he took it too early, lobbing the ball into the net.

But Boyd was not too early when he blasted the ball through the wall and it was deflected in, in the 90th minute to make it 5-1.

Nottingham Forest:Camp, Gunter, Morgan, Chambers, Konchesky, Cohen, McGoldrick(Anderson 45minHT), McKenna(C)(Moussi 45minHT), McGugan(Bennett 76min), Boyd, Earnshaw
Subs: Darlow, Moloney, Tudgay, Adebola
Bookings: Earnshaw 45min 88min RED CARD for 2 yellow
Scorers: Boyd 8min, 89min, Chambers 25min, 81min, Anderson 47min,

Scunthorpe: Murphy, Wright (Nolan 87min), Togwell, Nunez, Dagnall(Miller 36min), Nelson(C), Mirfin, Grant, Williams, O'Connor, Duffy(Collins 76min)
Subs: Gordon, Raynes, Lillis, Reid
Bookings: Miller 52min
Scorer: OConnor pen 35min

Referee: D Whitestone
Attendance: 27,949 away attn: 450

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