Nottingham Forest 2 – 1 AFC Bournemouth: Reds top after smash-and-grab victory


Nottingham Forest end the evening top of the Sky Bet Championship after an impressive 2-1 victory away against in-form Bournemouth.

The Cherries were unbeaten prior to the match and were looking to continue their 100% start to the season against an unbeaten Forest side.

The first half was dominated by the home side and Eddie Howe’s team will have counted themselves unlucky to go into half-time level.

Forest boss Stuart Pearce made two half-time substitutions in a bid to force his team back into the game.

But it was Bournemouth who deservedly took the lead on 58 minutes through summer signing Callum Wilson following a fumble by Forest goalkeeper Karl Darlow.

However Forest were on equal terms just nine minutes later as their £5.5m record signing Britt Assombalonga headed home from an Andy Reid free-kick.

And Forest found themselves ahead on 72 minutes with another header, this time from Matty Fryatt following good work from substitute Jack Hunt.

Bournemouth threatened late on but Forest were able to hold on for a valuable three points.

“On paper it’s a terrific result because this is a really difficult place to come,” Forest first-team coach Brian Eastwick told BBC Radio Nottingham.

“Sometimes when you’re away from home you have to hang in there, which is what we did.”

Forest will look to continue their unbeaten run at home against Reading this Saturday.

Nottingham Forest: Darlow, Lichaj, Fox (Hunt – 45′ ), Cohen, Hobbs, Mancienne, Burke, Reid (McLaughlin – 91′ ), Assombalonga, Fryatt, Antonio (Osborn – 45′ ). Subs not used: Harding, Veldwjik, Paterson, de Vries.

AFC Bournemouth: Camp, Smith, Daniels, O’Kane, Elphick, Cook, Ritchie (Pugh – 76′ ), Arter (Rantie – 80′ ), Kermorgant, Wilson, Stanislas (Fraser – 76′ ). Subs not used: Gosling, Harte, Flahavan, Cargill.

Attendance: 10,768


Alex Clarke


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