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Lewis McGugan takes a short corner.
Nathan Tyson challenges Paul Quinn unfairly and gives away a free kick. Tom Heaton takes the free kick.
Lewis McGugan concedes a free kick for a foul on Stephen McPhail. Stephen McPhail restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is delivered by Craig Bellamy, save by Lee Camp.
Dele Adebola is brought on as a substitute for Paul Anderson. Free kick awarded for a foul by Jay Emmanuel-Thomas on Luke Chambers. Lee Camp takes the free kick.
Peter Whittingham produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the goal.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Chris Cohen, Unfair challenge on Dekel Keinan by Wes Morgan results in a free kick. Tom Heaton restarts play with the free kick.
Nathan Tyson takes a shot. Save by Tom Heaton.
Wes Morgan is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Peter Whittingham fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick, Luke Chambers gets a block in.
Nathan Tyson is brought on as a substitute for Robert Earnshaw. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Lewis McGugan.
Effort from 25 yards by Chris Gunter. Save by Tom Heaton.
Foul by Chris Cohen on Peter Whittingham, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Peter Whittingham.
Craig Bellamy challenges Luke Chambers unfairly and gives away a free kick. Lee Camp takes the direct free kick.
Centre by Chris Gunter, Mark Hudson makes a clearance.
Craig Bellamy handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Wes Morgan takes the indirect free kick.
Jay Bothroyd receives a caution.
Corner taken by Peter Whittingham from the right by-line played to the near post, save by Lee Camp.
Unfair challenge on Seyi Olofinjana by David McGoldrick results in a free kick. Tom Heaton takes the direct free kick.
David McGoldrick on for Marcus Tudgay. Jay Emmanuel-Thomas is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Paul Konchesky.
A goal is scored by Robert Earnshaw from deep inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Nottm Forest 2-1 Cardiff.Assist by Paul Anderson.
Wes Morgan takes a shot. Save made by Tom Heaton.
Short corner taken by Peter Whittingham.
Jay Emmanuel-Thomas has an effort at goal from 25 yards. Lee Camp makes a save.
Penalty scored by Peter Whittingham. Nottm Forest 1-1 Cardiff.Chris Gunter is adjudged to have handled the ball.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Craig Bellamy, Lewis McGugan makes a clearance.
Seyi Olofinjana takes a shot. Lee Camp makes a save.
Booking for Mark Hudson for unsporting behaviour. Mark Hudson challenges Robert Earnshaw unfairly and gives away a free kick. Chris Cohen takes the direct free kick.
Dekel Keinan is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour. Dekel Keinan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marcus Tudgay. Lewis McGugan has an effort direct from the free kick.
Jay Emmanuel-Thomas on for Jon Parkin. (Cardiff) makes a substitution, with Stephen McPhail coming on for Chris Burke.
Chris Gunter delivers the ball.
Kevin McNaughton takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Lee Camp makes a save.
Marcus Tudgay fouled by Mark Hudson, the ref awards a free kick. Lewis McGugan takes the free kick.
Marcus Tudgay concedes a free kick for a foul on Mark Hudson. Free kick taken by Tom Heaton.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Wes Morgan by Jon Parkin. Lee Camp takes the direct free kick.
Unfair challenge on Dekel Keinan by Robert Earnshaw results in a free kick. Tom Heaton takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Cohen by Jon Parkin. Paul Konchesky takes the free kick.
The ball is swung over by Lewis McGugan.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Cohen by Seyi Olofinjana. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Chris Cohen.
The offside flag is raised against Jay Bothroyd. Wes Morgan restarts play with the free kick.
Corner taken by Peter Whittingham, Jon Parkin gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Wes Morgan. Direct free kick taken by Lee Camp.
Robert Earnshaw concedes a free kick for a foul on Tom Heaton. Tom Heaton takes the direct free kick.
Corner taken by Chris Cohen from the right by-line, Tom Heaton makes a save.
Jon Parkin concedes a free kick for a foul on Luke Chambers. Direct free kick taken by Luke Chambers.
Paul Anderson crosses the ball, Lewis McGugan takes a shot.
Craig Bellamy takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by Paul McKenna.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jay Bothroyd by Luke Chambers. Strike on goal comes in from Craig Bellamy from the free kick, Chris Cohen gets a block in.
Wes Morgan fires in a goal from close in to the top right corner of the goal. Nottm Forest 1-0 Cardiff.Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Lewis McGugan from the left by-line, assist by Lewis McGugan.
Centre by Chris Cohen, save by Tom Heaton.
Shot from just outside the box by Peter Whittingham misses to the left of the goal.
Header from close range by Robert Earnshaw misses to the right of the goal.
Unfair challenge on Wes Morgan by Seyi Olofinjana results in a free kick. Chris Cohen restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is delivered by Paul McKenna, Dekel Keinan makes a clearance.
Paul Konchesky produces a cross.
The referee blows for offside. Tom Heaton takes the indirect free kick.
Mark Hudson concedes a free kick for a foul on Robert Earnshaw. Lewis McGugan restarts play with the free kick.
Centre by Chris Gunter, Dekel Keinan manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Robert Earnshaw by Mark Hudson. Lewis McGugan restarts play with the free kick.
Effort on goal by Jon Parkin from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jay Bothroyd by Wes Morgan. Peter Whittingham takes the free kick.
Craig Bellamy takes a shot. Chris Gunter makes a clearance.
Corner taken left-footed by Peter Whittingham from the right by-line, save by Lee Camp.
Jay Bothroyd takes a shot. Save by Lee Camp.
The ball is swung over by Paul Konchesky, Tom Heaton makes a save.
Craig Bellamy takes a shot from 30 yards. Save by Lee Camp.
Peter Whittingham takes a inswinging corner.
Chris Burke crosses the ball, blocked by Paul Konchesky.
Robert Earnshaw has an effort at goal from 20 yards. Dekel Keinan gets a block in.
Robert Earnshaw is ruled offside. Tom Heaton takes the free kick.
The ball is crossed by Chris Cohen, clearance by Kevin McNaughton.
The ball is crossed by Lewis McGugan, Mark Hudson manages to make a clearance.
No new worries for Davies
Nottingham Forest boss Billy Davies reported no new injuries ahead of the crunch clash with promotion rivals Cardiff.
The Reds` 10-match unbeaten league run ended with a surprise 1-0 defeat to struggling Scunthorpe in midweek.
Thigh injuries ruled out striker Robbie Findley and midfielder Guy Moussi at Glanford Park and both players will remain on the sidelines, along with Radoslaw Majewski, who is serving the second game of a three-match ban.
Should Davies wish to make changes, most of his options are in attack with Dele Adebola, David McGoldrick and Garath McCleary available for recalls.
Defender Joel Lynch and midfielder Paul Anderson were also on the bench against Scunthorpe.
Forest will once again be defending their proud unbeaten home record which spans 34 Championship games stretching back to September 2009.
Dave Jones is waiting on three unnamed players ahead of the clash.
One of those is thought to be Michael Chopra after he came out of Tuesday`s 1-1 draw with Burnley nursing a slight ankle knock but he should be okay, with full-back Paul Quinn potentially another concern although Jones rarely gives anything away.
Craig Bellamy is expected to return to City`s starting line-up, most likely in place of Chris Burke.
The on-loan Manchester City man was rested to the bench for Tuesday`s 1-1 draw with Burnley as City look to maximise his impact, subsequently coming on as a 67th-minute substitute.
But he will be called upon to spark his magic from the off at the City Ground as second meets fourth in a real heavyweight encounter in the battle to reach the Premier League.
Midfielder Aaron Ramsey will come up against Forest having only parted ways as recently as early January after his short loan spell, while in the Reds corner Robert Earnshaw - who scored more than 100 goals for the Bluebirds - and ex-Cardiff defender Chris Gunter will line up for Billy Davies` side.
Earnshaw returns to haunt Bluebirds
Former Cardiff striker Robert Earnshaw struck against his former club as Nottingham Forest stole a march on one of their promotion rivals and returned to winning ways with a 2-1 triumph at the City Ground.
The Reds missed an opportunity to go second in the npower Championship following a surprise defeat at struggling Scunthorpe in midweek but Billy Davies' side, aided by Norwich drawing at Leeds, made no such mistake this time round and replaced the Bluebirds behind leaders QPR.
Defender Wes Morgan put Forest ahead with his first goal of the season just after the half-hour mark.
Peter Whittingham equalised from the penalty spot in the 64th minute but Earnshaw won it for Forest three minutes later to extend the Reds' proud unbeaten home run to 35 league games - a record which stretches back to September 2009.
Davies made one change as Nathan Tyson dropped down to the bench to be replaced by Paul Anderson.
Aaron Ramsey missed out against the club he was on loan at last month as Cardiff made two enforced changes.
The Arsenal midfielder failed a late fitness test along with Michael Chopra so Whittingham and Jon Parkin, making only his second start since signing from Preston in January, came into the team.
Cardiff created a couple of early chances. Jay Bothroyd's shot hit Lee Camp's outstretched foot and looped over the crossbar.
Then, with Camp beaten, Paul Konchesky came to the Forest keeper's rescue as he cleared Craig Bellamy's shot off the line.
Camp, who was this week granted permission by FIFA to represent Northern Ireland, continued to keep Cardiff at bay with parrying saves to deny Bothroyd and Bellamy midway through the first half.
At the other end, Earnshaw flicked a header over when he really should have at least worked Tom Heaton in the Cardiff goal.
It was against the run of play when Forest scored in the 32nd minute. Lewis McGugan crossed from the left-hand side and Morgan powered the ball past Heaton from six yards out.
It was almost 2-0 five minutes later. Anderson's cutback from the byline was straight into McGugan's path but the shot from Forest's leading scorer clipped the top of the crossbar.
McGugan again came close to scoring his 12th goal of the season early in the second half but his free-kick curled just past the top corner.
Camp was called into action once more on the hour to tip Seyi Olofinjana's shot over the crossbar.
Cardiff equalised after Chris Gunter was adjudged to have handled Bothroyd's cross. Whittingham sent Camp the wrong way from the penalty spot for his 50th club goal.
Substitute Jay Emmanuel-Thomas had a chance to put Cardiff ahead but found Camp in the way once more.
The Welsh side were only level for three minutes as Earnshaw pounced on Anderson's pass and slid the ball under Heaton from 12 yards out.
Tyson wasted a glorious chance to give Forest a two-goal cushion with 10 minutes remaining.
Cardiff were left three against one as Tyson attacked down the right but instead of squaring a simple pass to McGugan, the winger greedily opted to shoot from an acute angle and missed the target.
However, Cardiff could not make Tyson pay for his misjudgement and Whittingham put their final chance harmlessly wide.
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