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Norwich 0-0 Forest

6 March 2018

Nottingham Forest earned a hard-fought point with a goalless draw against Norwich City at Carrow Road this evening.

The Reds had some good early chances but a determined and disciplined display saw them come away with a point to extend their unbeaten run to five games.

Aitor Karanka made one change to the side which defeated Birmingham City on Saturday, with Kieran Dowell coming in for Lee Tomlin and Liam Bridcutt stepping onto the substitutes' bench.

It was a scrappy opening few minutes to the game, with Ben Brereton almost capitalising on a weak back-header from Grant Hanley and Josh Murphy denied by a Tendayi Darikwa block as he looked to convert a loose ball in the Forest box.

A guilt-edged chance arrived on 12 minutes for The Reds and Brereton should have found the net. A counter attack was led superbly by Dowell as he skipped past one man then played Brereton in on the right of the penalty area, but the teenager dragged his effort wide of Angus Gunn's goal.

The home side had a good opportunity of their own on 18 which forced Costel Pantilimon into a smart save. A corner was delivered by James Maddison into the Forest area and Josh Murphy rose highest in the middle, powering a header towards the top corner which the Romanian stopper was equal to.

On 23 minutes Brereton had another good chance, latching onto Dowell's pass again but chipping an effort over the onrushing Gunn and also over his unguarded net, before Josh Murphy again tested Pantilimon at the other end, with the keeper tipping his effort from a tight angle around the post.

Norwich finished the first half the stronger side and the Forest stopper denied Murphy again on 42 as his long-range shot dipped and swerved, with Pantilimon doing well to get contact on the ball to push it away from danger.

The home side looked to get in behind the Forest back line at the start of the second half and it almost paid dividends on 52 as Onel Hernandez raced down the right and smartly cut it back for the arriving Maddison who flashed an effort over the bar from 15 yards.

Josh Murphy and Maddison both had efforts from outside of the box drift wide of the post as the home side looked more likely to break the deadlock, before Dowell had a good opportunity to get a shot at goal on 67 but fired over the bar from the edge of the box.

Matty Cash had a golden opportunity on 72 as he met Dowell's delivery into the box, but he couldn't keep his header down and Brereton forced Gunn into a smart low save on 86 as he raced into the area.

As the clock wore down, it was Forest who looked more threatening, breaking forward on several occasions but unable to make it count as ultimately both sides had to settle for a share of the spoils.

Forest: Pantilimon, Darikwa, Figueiredo, Fox, Osborn, Colback, Watson (c), Cash, Dowell (Vellios 79'), Lolley, Brereton

Unused subs: Kapino, Mancienne, Guedioura, Bridcutt, Murphy, Worrall

Bookings: Figueiredo 34', Colback 44', Brereton 81', Watson 85', Darikwa 86'

Norwich: Gunn, Reed, Hanley, Klose, Lewis, Tettey (c) (Vrancic 86'), Leitner, Hernandez, Maddison, Murphy (Hoolahan 72'), Srbeny (Watkins 72')

Unused subs: McGovern, Pinto, Husband, Zimmerman

Bookings: Tettey 84', Maddison 90'

Referee: Darren England

Attendance: 25,184 (742 away)

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