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Forest v Norwich

17 September 2016

Forest 1-2 Norwich

Nottingham Forest suffered their first home defeat of the season after Norwich City came from behind to claim all three points at The City Ground.

Jonny Howson's goal cancelled out Apostolos Vellios' first-half opener before a superb second-half strike from Graham Dorrans was enough for The Canaries to take victory away from Trentside.

Philippe Montanier made five changes to the side that draw 2-2 with Rotherham in midweek with Michael Mancienne, Chris Cohen, Danny Fox, Hildeberto Pereira and Mustapha Carayol coming into the side.

Both sides started brightly, each creating chances in the opening five minutes. After a foul on Nicolao Dumitru just inside the Norwich half, Cohen swung in the free-kick to find Matt Mills who rose above the visitors defence only to see his header clear the crossbar.

Norwich replied instantly through Robbie Brady after he was picked out by Wes Hoolahan on the right. The Republic of Ireland international managed to direct the cross towards the bottom-right corner but Stojkovic was there to push the ball around the post.

The home side were retaining possession well and nearly took the lead on 13 minutes through the in-form Vellios. Pereira, fresh from his suspension, slotted in Carayol and he drove the ball across the face of the six-yard box but the outstretched Vellios was unable to get anything on it.

Brady was a constant threat and he went close again after the ball broke to him on the edge of the Forest penalty area. His right-foot shot was saved comforatably by Stojkovic and eventually cleared by Mancienne.

On 33 minutes Norwich had the perfect opportunity to go in front after a foul by Dumitru on Hoolahan gave the visitors a penalty. Hoolahan stepped up and saw his attempt saved by Stojkovic as the Serbian international got down well to deny the midfielder. 

The Reds took full advantage of that missed opportunity and grabbed the lead on 40 minutes after good work by Carayol on the right-hand side. The winger managed to check inside and stand the ball up to the far post for Eric Lichaj.

The defender positioned himself on the right side of the Norwich defence but saw his header rebound off the post, only for the ball to fall to Vellios who pounced to give Forest the lead. It was the Greek striker's third goal in as many games.

Norwich started the second half brightly and after a long-range effort was tipped over the crossbar by Stojkovic, The Canaries found themselves level from the resulting corner. The home side were unable to clear their lines and the ball eventually fell to Howson to stab home from a tight angle.

The visitors continued to dominate and went in front on 66 minutes after a thunderbolt from Dorrans. Forest failed to clear after a Norwich attack from the right, with the ball failing to the former West Brom man and he smashed home a fierce shot into the bottom-right corner.

The home side did come close on 82 minutes when a Carayol cross from the right found second half substitute Nicklas Bendtner, but the former Arsenal man headed wide of the post.

The final opportunity of the game fell Forest's way five minutes later as they went close again but it was Osborn this time who saw his header flash by the post after stooping low to meet the cross from Carayol.

Forest: Stojkovic, Lichaj, Mancienne, Mills, Fox, Pereira, Cohen (c) (Lansbury 70'), Kasami, Carayol, Dumitru-Cardoso (Osborn 78'), Vellios (Bendtner 58')

Subs not used: Smith, Traore, Lica, Grant

Goal: Vellios 39'

Bookings: Mills 73', Kasami 86'

NorwichMcGovern, Pinto, Martin (c), Klose, Olsson, Howson, Dorrans, Murphy (Bennett 90'), Hoolahan (Thompson 88'), Brady, Jerome (Lafferty 90')

Subs not used: Ruddy, Bassong, Pritchard, Murphy

Goals: Howson 52', Dorrans 66'

Booking: Dorrans 72'

Referee: Christopher Kavanagh

Attendance: 20,323 (1,924 away)

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