• Date: Sat 24 April 2010
  • Venue: City Ground
  • Ref: Swarbrick, N
  • Attendance: 22,602
Nottingham Forest

Nottingham Forest

Earnshaw (19)

Blackstock (33)

Anderson (90)

3 - 0

Nottingham Forest vs Plymouth Argyle

Team Lineups

Nottingham Forest

Lee Camp
James Perch
Wes Morgan
Kelvin Wilson
Chris Gunter
Chris Cohen (Paul Anderson, 68)
Guy Moussi
Radoslaw Majewski
Robert Earnshaw
Nathan Tyson (Lewis McGugan, 84)
Dexter Blackstock (David McGoldrick, 74)

Plymouth Argyle

David Stockdale
Reda Johnson (Chris Clark, 45)
Richard Eckersley
Bondz N'Gala
Onismor Bhasera
Carl Fletcher
Damien Johnson
Kari Arnason (Chris Barker, 84)
Alan Judge
Bradley Wright-Phillips (Yannick Bolasie, 74)
Joe Mason

Match Report
Nottingham Forest extended their unbeaten run at the City Ground to 20 matches with a comfortable 3-0 success over Plymouth Argyle. By doing so, they ensured that they will be at home in the second leg of the Championship play-offs, with a top-four finish now certain. Robert Earnshaw's 15th goal of the season put them in control before an own goal from Bondz N'Gala ensured Forest doubled their advantage before the break. A strike from substitute Paul Anderson in the 92nd minute completed Plymouth's misery. Given their remarkable home form, it was not a shock to see Forest take control early on. But, while they found chances simple to create, the home side found them harder to convert, as Nathan Tyson fired over when clean through and Earnshaw saw a rising effort deflected wide after scampering clear himself. Forest were playing some flowing football and it was no surprise when the breakthrough came in the 18th minute, as a superb pass from Radoslaw Majewski split the visitors' defence again. The Pole looked one way and played the ball another, finding the feet of Earnshaw, who lifted a simple, precise chipped finish over the advancing David Stockdale and inside his right-hand upright. Forest got a second goal in bizarre circumstances as a Guy Moussi cross from the right caused havoc in the Plymouth rearguard, with keeper Stockdale seeming to punch the ball into defender Bondz N'Gala, with the rebound then flicking an oblivious Blackstock, before the ball bobbled over the line. The goal came after Plymouth had just tested Forest keeper Lee Camp - named player of the season prior to kick-off - for the first time. Alan Judge connected crisply with a driven shot from the edge of the box, but the Reds skipper got down well to parry on his line. After the break it took a remarkable sliding block from Wes Morgan to deny Bradley Wright-Phillips, just as it seemed the Plymouth man was certain to provide his side with a life-line. Although Tyson saw a shot pushed into the side netting after he had turned superbly on the right side of the box and Moussi sent a looping header narrowly over. It was not until injury time that Forest emphasised their advantage as McGugan's incisive pass gave Anderson the chance to slot home from close range.
Live Text Commentary
Full time
 

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

90
Goal
 

Goal!! Paul Anderson scores for Nottm Forest.

86
Yellow Card
 

Damien Johnson goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

84
Substitution
 

Kari Arnason is being taken off, Chris Barker has come on in his place.

84
Substitution
 

Nathan Tyson is replaced by Lewis McGugan.

74
Substitution
 

Plymouth are replacing Bradley Wright-Phillips with Yannick Bolasie.

74
Substitution
 

Dexter Blackstock is being taken off, David McGoldrick has come on in his place.

68
Substitution
 

Chris Cohen is replaced by Paul Anderson.

Second half
 

The second half is under way with the score currently at 2 v 0.

45
Substitution
 

Reda Johnson is being taken off, Chris Clark has come on in his place.

Half time
 

The ref has blown his whistle for half time.

34
Goal
 

Forest score, N'Gala putting through his own net!

31
Yellow Card
 

Richard Eckersley is booked for unsporting behaviour.

29
Yellow Card
 

The referee has booked Reda Johnson.

19
Goal
 

Goal!! Nottm Forest have scored with Robert Earnshaw putting it in the back of the net.

Kickoff
 

It's 3pm on Saturday, April 24th, the match has kicked off.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Nottm Forest face Plymouth at 3pm on Saturday, April 24th.