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Classic matches: Forest v Blackburn

13 April 2017

Nottingham Forest have played out some classic matches against Blackburn Rovers at The City Ground - here are some of the best moments.

Saturday 18 January 2014
Nottingham Forest 4 (Lansbury pen 15', pen 34', Paterson 72', Reid 90') Blackburn Rovers 1 (Marshall 37')

Nottingham Forest romped to a 4-1 win over Blackburn at The City Ground in the 2013-14 season thanks to a first-half Henri Lansbury brace. Lansbury earned a penalty inside the opening quarter-of-an-hour, converting the spot kick himself, and he scored from the spot again on 34 minutes after Jamie Paterson was fouled. Ben Marshall curled home for Rovers to reduce the arrears but Paterson’s quick footwork saw him shoot into the bottom corner and Andy Reid’s thunderous late effort added extra gloss onto a good performance.

Saturday 10 February 2001
Nottingham Forest 2 (Bart-Williams 52', Edwards 66') Blackburn Rovers 1 (Jansen 89')

Nottingham Forest kept their play-off hopes alive with a 2-1 win over Blackburn at a rain-soaked City Ground. Chris Bart-Williams scored the game's first goal, curling a free kick into the bottom corner past Brad Friedel and Christian Edwards doubled the advantage on 66 minutes, powering a header into the net from Bart-Williams' cross. The Reds were able to keep Rovers at bay until Matt Jansen struck in the final minute with what proved to be a consolation goal as Forest secured a vital three points.

Saturday 19 December 1998 
Nottingham Forest 2 (Chettle pen 22', Freedman 30') Blackburn Rovers 2 (Blake 49', 90')

Blackburn fought back from 2-0 down to salvage a draw against Nottingham Forest in the Premier League in the 1998-99 season. Steve Chettle put The Reds in front on 22 minutes from the penalty spot and eight minutes later it was two as Dougie Freedman fired home from Neil Shipperley's pass. Rovers came out firing for the second half and reduced the deficit through Nathan Blake's close-range finish. Dave Beasant pulled off a couple of top-draw saves before, in injury time, Chris Sutton's header rattled the bar and Blake was on hand to convert the rebound to snatch a point.

Monday 25 November 1996
Nottingham Forest 2 (Pearce pen 45', Cooper 90') Blackburn Rovers 2 (Gallacher 54', Wilcox 57')

A last-gasp Colin Cooper goal helped Nottingham Forest to a point against Blackburn in the 1996-97 season. The Reds went in front through Stuart Pearce's penalty just before half time but Rovers hit back after the break, scoring twice through Kevin Gallacher and Jason Wilcox in three second-half minutes. Cooper had a goal disallowed before he bundled the ball home in injury time for a point. 

Wednesday 5 September 1979 
Nottingham Forest 6 (Bowyer 2, Robertson 2, Gray, Woodcock) Blackburn Rovers 1 (Craig)

We progressed to the third round of the League Cup with a thumping second round, second leg win over Blackburn Rovers at The City Ground. Ian Bowyer fired us into the lead as he side-footed home before John Robertson sent the keeper the wrong way from the penalty spot to double the lead. Bowyer, again unmarked in the box, made it three as he converted Tony Woodcock’s cross before a Frank Gray free kick made it four. It was five when Woodcock got in on the act, firing low into the net from inside the area before Robertson completed the rout with his second with Joe Craig scoring the consolation goal for Rovers. The tie was our first in the League Cup in the 1979-80 season en route to the final where we would lose 1-0 to Wolves at Wembley.

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