Nottingham Forest 2 - 0 Burnley

Match info: Championship at The City Ground

Date: 08/12/2012 KO: 15:00 Ref: M Heywood Att: 19,672

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

N Forest

Dexter Blackstock 59
Billy Sharp 76



FT (ht: 0-0)

  • Last Updated: December 8 2012, 19:05 GMT

Nottingham Forest boss Sean O'Driscoll hailed the creative influence of Andy Reid as his side saw off Burnley 2-0 at the City Ground.

Andy Reid: Key performer for Forest
Andy Reid: Key performer for Forest

Dexter Blackstock and Billy Sharp came up with the goals as Forest bounced back from two straight defeats, but it was Reid's performance which caught the manager's eye.

O'Driscoll said: "Andy has been terrific for us all season and he's obviously had a big part to play in both goals.

"In the position he plays he is difficult to pin down. He doesn't play wide or in central midfield and he makes life difficult for anyone trying to pick him up.

"Defenders don't want to go out and mark him and leave space behind and he's been causing those kind of problems for a long time."

Forest went into the game on the back of defeats to Ipswich and Hull, but Blackstock, with his first home goal in more than seven months, put them in front after 59 minutes as he headed home Reid's deep cross.

Billy Sharp then took advantage of more good work from Reid to get a second 14 minutes from time.

"It was crucial for us to get the first goal because games in the Championship are so tight but we needed that breakthrough after losing our last two games," O'Driscoll said.

"It settled us down, we were able to relax a little bit and never looked in any danger of from then on in.

"I've watched Burnley recently and they are an accomplished side who play with a lot of composure. With Charlie Austin in the side and two good wide men they are always going to pose problems."

Burnley boss Sean Dyche claimed the first goal should have been disallowed for a foul by Blackstock.

He said: "There was nothing in the game until the first goal and it should not have been allowed. I've seen the incident again and it was clearly a foul by Dexter Blackstock on Jason Shackell.

"It's impossible to leap that high and get that leverage without using somebody else. If I can see it 70 yards away I don't see how an official can't spot it.

"It changed the whole game because the crowd were then up and there was a bit of belief back in the team.

"Before that we had done pretty well. In fact for the last 25 minutes of the first half we looked the more likely and arguably should have come in 1-0 ahead.

"We have been clinical in our play, but we weren't today and we just didn't manage to grip the game and come up with a response.

"It was a nearly day for us but there were still some good things in our play - and some not so good."

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