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Charlton 0-2 Forest

23 February 2013

Radoslaw Majewski hit the headlines again as Forest beat Charlton 2-0 at The Valley this afternoon.

The midfielder opened the scoring in the second half after The Addicks had seen Yann Kermogant given a straight red card before the break.

Henri Lansbury added a second to put the game beyond the hosts as The Reds claimed their first clean sheet since December.

Billy Davies made one change to the side which hammered Huddersfield 6-1 in midweek as Darius Henderson started ahead of Dexter Blackstock.

Forest dominated the opening stages, playing some excellent football and giving their hosts very little time on the ball, but had to wait until the 22nd minute for their first clear-cut chance.

Henderson peeled away at the back post to nod down Henri Lansbury’s raking cross. It was half cleared to Radi Majewski, who looked brimming with confidence after Tuesday night’s hat-trick heroics, but he fired narrowly over from the edge of the area.

And the Pole had another chance on 35 minutes.

Lansbury was found in space by Andy Reid and the former Gunner took the ball to the edge of the area before laying it off for Majewski. His toe punt went straight through the legs of a defender but was easily held by Ben Hamer.

A minute later Forest had a man advantage when Kermogant appeared to kick out at Greg Halford after the pair clashed near the touchline. The striker was shown a straight red card after the referee had consulted his linesman.

The ten men of Charlton then had their first shot at goal on 41 minutes. Unfortunately for them, Bradley Pritchard’s effort from range flew high and wide.

It was Reid’s turn in first half injury time as he fired a volley from Chris Cohen’s cross into the upper tier of the stand behind Hamer’s goal to condemn the first half to stalemate.

The hosts made one change at half time as former Stoke striker Ricardo Fuller entered the fray for Dale Stephens, but the Jamaican was a mere spectator on 53 minutes as Majewski somehow skipped beyond Wagstaff to poke the opening goal beyond Hamer.

It was nearly two shortly afterwards as Lansbury latched on to Reid’s looping through ball over the top.

He couldn’t quite turn it home under pressure from two defenders but the midfielder did get himself on the scoresheet on the hour mark.

Simon Cox latched onto a ball into the right channel before catching Hamer out with an early shot. The keeper couldn’t hold it and Lansbury was first on the scene to turn it home.

The Reds were rampant by this stage and Elliott Ward’s unorthodox backheel at the far post hit the woodwork before Halford beat Hamer to the return cross only to see his goal-bound effort cleared.

Lansbury went in search of his second on 66 minutes and his low effort from 22 yards was well tipped round the post by the Addicks ‘keeper.

Majewski should have had his second of the day five minutes later after Henderson cut it back perfectly from the byline. The playmaker could only turn it over on the stretch from 12 yards.

And Henderson then had two bites of the cherry at the back post as he struck the post from a tight angle after seeing his original header saved.

The ball then found its way to Cohen whose shot from the edge of the area was held awkwardly by Hamer.

Forest were fully in control and as time elapsed Davies called on his substitutes with Cox, Lansbury and Reid making way for Billy Sharp, Lewis McGugan and Jonathan Greening.

In injury time, Charlton captain Johnnie Jackson sent a free kick over the bar after Halford had tripped Fuller to pick up his tenth booking of the season.

The defender will now serve a two-match suspension but that was to be the only blotch on an otherwise excellent afternoon in the capital as the game ended 2-0.

Forest: Darlow, Jara Reyes, Ward, Halford, Cohen (c), Lansbury (McGugan 76'), Guedioura, Majewski, Reid (Greening 85'), Cox (Sharp 80'), Henderson
Subs not used: Evtimov, Collins, Moussi, Blackstock
Scorers: Majeweski 53', Lansbury 60'
Booking: Halford 90'

Charlton: Hamer, Jackson (c), Morrison, Stephens (Fuller 46'), Wagstaff (Haynes 59'), Pritchard (Obika  90'), Wiggins, Kermorgant, Solly, Cort, Dervite
Subs not used: Button, Evina, Taylor, Wilson
Red Card: Kermorgant 37'

Referee: Andrew Madley
Attendance: 18,697

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