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  • Date: Tue 23 March 2010
  • Venue: City Ground
  • Ref: Hall, A
  • Attendance: 20,025
Nottingham Forest

Nottingham Forest

Morgan (45)

Tyson (82)

2 - 0

Nottingham Forest vs Crystal Palace

Team Lineups

Nottingham Forest

Lee Camp
Luke Chambers
Wes Morgan
Kelvin Wilson
Chris Gunter
Paul Anderson (David McGoldrick, 90)
Chris Cohen
Guy Moussi
Radoslaw Majewski (Garath McCleary, 74)
Robert Earnshaw (Nathan Tyson, 80)
Dexter Blackstock

Crystal Palace

Julian Speroni
Clint Hill
Lee Hills
Matt Lawrence
Danny Butterfield (Sean Scannell, 5)
Johannes Ertl
Shaun Derry
Darren Ambrose
Neil Danns
Stern John (Calvin Andrew, 80)
Alan Lee (Kieran Djilali, 85)

Match Report
Nottingham Forest equalled a 30-year-old club record by recording their 12th consecutive home win, 2-0 against ten-man Crystal Palace, and put the pressure on second-placed West Brom in the Championship promotion race. Victory closed the gap between the two sides to five points, with the Baggies set to face in-form Coventry tomorrow night. Goals from Wes Morgan and Kelvin Wilson ruined former Reds boss Paul Hart's return to the City Ground and left his Palace side struggling to escape the threat of relegation. But the visitors were rarely in the game, particularly after having Matt Lawrence sent off for handball in the 50th minute. It was no surprise when Forest took the lead in first-half stoppage time, after dominating a largely one-sided first half in which they had produced some flowing football. The manner of the goal was something of a shock however as central defender Morgan smashed a spectacular, unstoppable volley from 25 yards that was still rising as it hit the back of the net. Prior to that, it had taken smart saves from the Palace keeper to deny Paul Anderson, from a similarly impressive volley from the edge of the box, and Robert Earnshaw, after he bent a curling shot high towards the top corner. Forest skipper Lee Camp did have to make an adept save to push away a swirling free-kick from Palace's top-scorer Darren Ambrose as it threatened to nestle in the bottom corner. But otherwise the best moment of the first half for Palace boss Hart was the rousing reception he received from the Forest fans, who still hold him in high regard following his time in charge at the City Ground. With Forest in command, Earnshaw had also lifted a shot into the side-netting and Dexter Blackstock had seen a penalty appeal turned down after appearing to have been impeded by Lawrence as he attempted a diving header. Palace's woes increased just five minutes into the second half when they found themselves reduced to ten men after Lawrence had raised a hand high into the air to cut out a looping Cohen ball, floated over his head, that would have sent Earnshaw clear, with referee Andy Hall deciding he had prevented a goalscoring opportunity. Forest's domination, unsurprisingly, only increased, with Anderson and Moussi seeing shots charged down in the box and Earnshaw firing just wide after turning neatly. Still Palace almost found a way back as the outstanding Darren Ambrose enticed another outstanding stop from Camp with a powerful, precise free-kick that was arrowing towards the top corner. But when, with his first touch, substitute Nathan Tyson latched onto a throughball from Anderson, beat the advancing Julian Speroni and slotted home from an almost impossible angle, the visitors' resistance was finally ended.
Live Text Commentary
Full time
 

That's it, it's all over, the referee has blown the final whistle.

90
Substitution
 

Paul Anderson is replaced by David McGoldrick.

85
Substitution
 

Crystal Palace are replacing Lee Hills with Kieran Djilali.

82
Goal
 

Goal!! Nottm Forest have scored with Nathan Tyson putting it in the back of the net.

80
Substitution
 

Stern John is being taken off, Calvin Andrew has come on in his place.

80
Substitution
 

Nottm Forest are replacing Robert Earnshaw with Nathan Tyson.

74
Substitution
 

Radoslaw Majewski is being taken off, Garath McCleary has come on in his place.

52
Yellow Card
 

Wes Morgan goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

51
Red Card
 

It's red. He's off. Matt Lawrence has been sent off.

Second half
 

The second half is under way with the score currently at 1 v 0.

Half time
 

Half time whistle is blown by A Hall

45
Yellow Card
 

Alan Lee is booked for unsporting behaviour.

45
Goal
 

Goal!! Wes Morgan scores for Nottm Forest.

34
Yellow Card
 

Kelvin Wilson goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

5
Substitution
 

Crystal Palace are replacing Danny Butterfield with Sean Scannell.

Kickoff
 

It's 7:45pm on Tuesday, March 23rd, the match has kicked off.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Nottm Forest face Crystal Palace at 7:45pm on Tuesday, March 23rd.