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Forest beat Millwall with late Grabban goal

Published on: 15 January 2022

Lewis Grabban has scored 12 goals for Nottingham Forest this season

Lewis Grabban's goal in stoppage time secured a win for Nottingham Forest at Millwall in the Championship.

Millwall started well but were unable to capitalise on their early pressure and lost in-form goal scorer Tom Bradshaw to injury in the first half.

Forest grew into the game and were being kept at bay by Millwall goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski as both teams pushed for a winner.

But it was Forest who claimed all three points when Grabban tapped home into an empty net after Bialkowski saved well from substitute Philip Zinckernagel.

Victory moves Steve Cooper's side up to ninth, five points from the play-offs, with Millwall two places and four points below.

Forest went into the game on a high after their shock win against Arsenal in the FA Cup where Grabban had also scored the winner.

Millwall's Bradshaw was also looking to continue his hot streak of scoring in five straight league games but had his afternoon cut short inside half an hour after appearing to twist his knee.

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The Lions started brightly with Forest struggling to deal with their high press, but the first big chance of the game fell to Forest and Ryan Yates. Grabban found the midfielder inside the box but Bialkowski made a fine save to keep the score goalless.

Millwall replaced Sheyi Ojo with Ben Thompson at half-time in what looked like another injury-enforced change and lost a lot of their attacking fluidity from the first half.

The game threatened to peter out but burst into life in the final 10 minutes, with both goalkeepers making at string of fine saves to deny Yates, Grabban and Benik Afobe.

And in the 91st minute Brennan Johnson picked up the ball and drove at Millwall's defence, playing in Zinckernagel in the box.

Bialkowski came out to meet him and did well to save the chipped attempt, but could only push it into the path of Grabban to turn the ball into the empty net.

    Line-upsMatch StatsLive Text

Line-upsMillwall

Formation 3-4-2-1

33Bialkowski4Hutchinson5Cooper3M Wallace2McNamara24Mitchell28Evans11Malone14Ojo9Bradshaw23Afobe

    33Bialkowski4Hutchinson5Cooper3M Wallace2McNamaraBooked at 57mins24Mitchell28Evans11Malone14OjoSubstituted forThompsonat 45'minutes9BradshawSubstituted forBennettat 28'minutes23Afobe

Substitutes

    1Long6Kieftenbeld8Thompson10Smith20Bennett21Mahoney32Burey

Nottm Forest

Formation 3-4-1-2

30Samba4Worrall27S Cook26McKenna2Spence22Yates37Garner8Colback7Grabban20Johnson9Davis

    30Samba4Worrall27S Cook26McKennaBooked at 85mins2SpenceBooked at 45mins22Yates37Garner8Colback7Grabban20Johnson9DavisSubstituted forZinckernagelat 73'minutes

Substitutes

    1Horvath3Figueiredo11Zinckernagel13Bong18Ribeiro Dias19Costa Silva33Taylor

Referee:Peter BankesAttendance:13,297Match StatsHome TeamMillwallAway TeamNottm ForestPossessionHome50%Away50%ShotsHome12Away24Shots on TargetHome4Away7CornersHome7Away7FoulsHome6Away8Live TextPost update

Match ends, Millwall 0, Nottingham Forest 1.

90'+5'Full Time

Second Half ends, Millwall 0, Nottingham Forest 1.

90'+1'goalGoal!

Goal! Millwall 0, Nottingham Forest 1. Lewis Grabban (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal.

90'+1'Post update

Attempt saved. Philip Zinckernagel (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Brennan Johnson.

89'Post update

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Brice Samba.

89'Post update

Attempt saved. Benik Afobe (Millwall) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mason Bennett with a cross.

89'Post update

Attempt missed. Ryan Yates (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from very close range is too high. Assisted by Steve Cook following a corner.

89'Post update

Attempt missed. Steve Cook (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jack Colback with a cross following a corner.

88'Post update

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Jake Cooper.

88'Post update

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Shaun Hutchinson.

86'Post update

Attempt missed. Benik Afobe (Millwall) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Shaun Hutchinson following a set piece situation.

85'Booking

Scott McKenna (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

85'Post update

Dan McNamara (Millwall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

85'Post update

Foul by Scott McKenna (Nottingham Forest).

84'Post update

Ryan Yates (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

84'Post update

Foul by Jake Cooper (Millwall).

83'Post update

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by James Garner.

83'Post update

Attempt saved. Benik Afobe (Millwall) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Billy Mitchell.

79'Post update

Attempt missed. Philip Zinckernagel (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

79'Post update

Attempt saved. Lewis Grabban (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jack Colback with a cross.

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Source: bbc.com

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