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  • Date:2010-04-05
  • Kick-off:17:15
  • Venue:City Ground
  • Attendance:22185
  • Referee:Foy, C

Live Commentary

90mins

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

90mins

David McGoldrick goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

88mins

Michael Chopra goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

83mins

Nottm Forest are replacing Robert Earnshaw with David McGoldrick.

81mins

The referee has booked Jay Bothroyd.

74mins

Kelvin Etuhu is replaced by Aaron Wildig.

69mins

The referee has booked Ross McCormack.

65mins

Nottm Forest are replacing Radoslaw Majewski with Garath McCleary.

51mins

Dexter Blackstock is booked for unsporting behaviour.

46mins

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

45mins

The ref has blown his whistle for half time.

0mins

It's 5:15pm on Monday, April 5th, the match has kicked off.

0mins

Nottm Forest face Cardiff at 5:15pm on Monday, April 5th.


Match Report

Newcastle United's return to the Premier League was confirmed after Cardiff City held Nottingham Forest to a goalless draw at the City Ground.

The result denied Billy Davies' side what would have been a club record 13th consecutive home win.

But, more significantly, it also ensured that Newcastle could no longer be denied a top-two finish and promotion back into the top-flight.

Both sides - who could meet again in the play-offs in a few weeks time - spurned great opportunities to snatch all three points.

But it will have been Forest who were most disappointed after dominating for long periods.

Forest could have taken the advantage within four minutes when a free-kick delivery from Radoslaw Majewski picked out Dexter Blackstock, but the striker's six-yard header was aimed right at keeper David Marshall.

Cardiff were a real threat from set-pieces, however, with a Joe Ledley shot deflected over the bar by an outstanding challenge from Luke Chambers and Darcy Blake connecting so powerfully with a downwards header that the ball bounced up over the bar.

A missed header from Anthony Gerrard almost proved costly as Robert Earnshaw skipped through the Cardiff defence, only to be denied by a fine save from Marshall, who stretched out a leg to push away the striker's shot.

There were more missed opportunities for Forest as Nathan Tyson failed to connect with a clever, incisive ball from Guy Moussi at the far post.

But the worst miss was committed by Chris Cohen who, after Tyson had lashed a superb ball across the face of goal, completely failed to make contact with an air shot at the far post.

Ross McCormack almost shocked Forest with a clever free-kick as he unexpectedly powered a shot towards the near post from wide out on the left, with Lee Camp saving bravely as Michael Chopra challenged.

It was Forest who continued to push in the run-up to half-time, with Earnshaw seeing an angled shot charged down and Chambers forcing another stop from Marshall with a looping header.

Dexter Blackstock threatened again after the break, firing another header straight at the keeper, this time from a Cohen cross.

McCormack endured a mad 30 seconds as he forced a fine stop from Camp with a superb long-range drive, but then got booked for hacking down Gunter when the Forest man carried the ball out of the box.

Earnshaw flicked an instinctive header narrowly wide of the post and Blackstock, following another moment of defending from Gerrard, was denied by another vital save from Marshall, who pushed away the striker's angled shot.

Nottingham Forest

Cardiff City

Corners

67

Fouls

1010

Goal attempts

123

Shots off target

81

Offsides

03

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