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Forest 2-1 Sheffield United

30 September 2017

Nottingham Forest returned to winning ways this afternoon with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over in-form Sheffield United.

John Lundstram's early goal gave the visitors the lead at The City Ground but strikes from Jason Cummings and Kieran Dowell turned the tide and gave The Reds all three points.

Danny Fox was the only change for Forest from the midweek defeat at the hands of Fulham as he replaced the suspended Matt Mills.

It was a bright start from the visitors and they took the lead after just three minutes. Jack O'Connell beat Tendayi Darikwa and cut inside from the left before squaring the ball to Lundstram. The former Oxford man arrived unmarked into the box and passed the ball into the net beyond Jordan Smith to put The Blades ahead.

The lead didn't last long however as the home side levelled the scores through Cummings' stunning strike from the edge of the area. The Scot found himself with the ball at his feet and superbly curled a left-footed shot past Jamal Blackman into the top corner in the ninth minute. It was the striker's first league goal for The Reds since signing in the summer.

Forets then went in front through another fine strike, this time by Dowell. Tendayi Darikwa's cross to the back post was calmly volleyed across goal by Daryl Murphy to the midfielder who finished in style after 27 minutes.

Both defences seemed to regather after Dowell's strike with chances becoming harder to come by. That was until the final stages of the half when Cummings missed a glorious opportunity to give The Reds a two-goal cushion. Murphy powered through the United defence to tee up the Scot but his effort skimmed the near post and went wide.

Forest were forced to make a change at the break with Andreas Bouchalakis replacing Fox in a tactical switch.

The Reds were bright from the restart with Bouchalakis going close with a header. Cummings, who was now playing wide on the left, sent over a perfect cross to the back post but the Greek was unable to direct his header on target.

With a quarter of an hour remaining, Mark Warburton introduced Ben Brereton and Zach Clough as the home side went in search of a third goal. Goalscores Cummings and Dowell were the ones to make way with both receiving a standing ovation from the Forest fans as they departed the pitch.

As the match went into the final stages both sides were pushing forward in numbers.  Duffy's long-range effort drew a fine save from Smith as he turned the ball around the post before the visitors went even closer in stoppage time when Cameron Carter- Vickers' header rebounded back off the post.

It was nervy end to the conest but The Reds managed to hold on to claim all three points from a entertaining encounter at The City Ground.

Forest: Smith; Worrall, Mancienne (c), Fox (Bouchalakis 46'); Darikwa, Bridcutt, Osborn, Traore; Dowell (Clough 80'); Cummings (Brereton 76'), Murphy

Subs not used: Henderson, Lichaj, McKay, Walker

Goals: Cummings 9', Dowell 27'

Bookings: Bouchalakis 83', Osborn 84', Bridcutt 88'

Sheffield United: Blackman; Carter-Vickers, Baldock (Wright 34'), O'Connell; Stevens, Fleck, Lundstram (Brooks 61'), Coutts (c), Basham; Duffy; Donaldson (Clarke 57')

Subs not used: Moore, Sharp, Lafferty, Carruthers

Goal: Lundstram 3'

Bookings: Lundstram 21', Coutts 43', Duffy 90', Stevens 90'

Attendance: 25,700 (2,005 away)

Referee: Andy Davies

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