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Posted Sun 02 Oct 11 at 16:57 PM

Nottingham Forest 1 v 3 Birmingham City

Nottingham Forest are still waiting for their first home League win of the season after a late comeback by Birmingham City gave them all three points.

After a quiet first half hour and a subdued atmosphere around the City Ground, Forest finally took the lead with their first shot on target, to go in at half time in the lead.

In spite of dominating much of the second half and looking the better side, Forest conceded three goals in the final 15 minutes to leave the home crowd in angry mood.

It was nearly 15 minutes before either side threatened the goal and Forest's first chance came from a good ball by Lewis McGugan who fed it through to Ishmael Miller but, rather than pass he tried to work his way into the box, from where it went out for a corner.

Forest continued to get forward and created some good play in midfield but it continually broke down before they could produce any threat up front.

Two corners in quick succession posed a threat from Birmingham but Wes Morgan cleared the first and Keith Fahey couldn't head the second on target from Liam Ridgewell's header into the box.

The game was half an hour old before Lee Camp had anything to do, clutching the ball confidently in the air from Wade Elliott's cross.

Forest took the lead in the 35th minute from the first shot on target for either side. A good corner by Lewis McGugan was picked up by Matt Derbyshire who did well to get past his man at the near post and flick the ball on to Miller, who put the ball away from close range.

And they came close to a second less than a minute later when a low cross from forced Boaz Myhill to get down and make the save.

McGugan tried a long-range shot in stoppage time but the ball was deflected out for a corner.

It was a lively start to the second half with good end-to-end football from both sides.

Great work by McGugan saw Forest threaten, with Marcus Tudgay getting on the end of two crosses into the box. But Miller didn't get on the end of the first and Majewski , surrounded by four Birmingham players, couldn't get the second one away.

And more good play by McGugan saw him get past two players to try a shot with the outside of his right foot but it is deflected wide for a corner.

Forest missed a chance when McGugan sent a great ball in to Majewski who did well to beat a defender on the goal line but, ignoring pleas from Miller to give him the ball, he tried the shot from an impossible angle and Myhill easily blocked his attempt.

A double substitution for Forest saw Jonathan Greening come on for Majewski, who received loud applause from the home crowd.

And a minute later Robbie Findley replaced Miller who received a standing ovation from the Forest supporters.

Twice Findley threatened with his pace down the left but the first time there was nobody for him to cross to and the second he didn't spot Derbyshire in time and the chance was wasted.

The third cross from Findley came closer, with a great shot across the face of goal but Tudgay, sliding in full length, couldn't quite get a foot to the ball.

Birmingham silenced the City Ground with the equalizer in the 75th minute when Chris Burke got away from Guy Moussi and sent the ball flying towards goal from 25 yards out, giving Camp no chance.

And they were in the lead five minutes later when Burke got away down the right and pulled the ball back for substitute Chris Wood. His shot took a massive deflection which deceived Camp and the ball was in the back of the net before he could do anything about it.

Forest final substitute, Chris Gunter, came on soon after to replace Clint Hill.

Three minutes from time they got their third when Chambers allowed Wood to get through alone on goal and with only Camp to beat he took his time working his way round the Forest keeper and putting the ball in the back of the net.

Forest: Camp, Chambers(C), Lynch, Morgan, Hill(Gunter 83min), McGugan, Moussi, Majewski(Greening 63min), Derbyshire, Miller(Findley 65min), Tudgay
Subs not used: Smith, Reid,
Bookings: Derbyshire 23min
Scorer: Miller 35min

Birmingham City: Myhill, Caldwell, Ibanez, Ridgwell(C), Burke, Beausejour, Gomis, Elliott(Wood 59min), Fahey, Zigic(King 59min), Spector(Murphy 13min)
Subs not used: Doyle, Redmond,
Bookings: Ridgewell 67min
Scorers: Burke 75min, Wood 80min, 88min

Referee: Mark Haywood
Attendance: 20,556 Away attn: 1,837

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