Nottingham Forest 1-2 Norwich City

17 Sep

Wes Hoolahan of Norwich is fouled by Nottingham Forest's Nicolao Dumitru and wins a penalty


Forest did not dispute the penalty awarded to Wes Hoolahan before the break

Graham Dorrans scored a superb 20-yard winner as Norwich City fought back to beat Nottingham Forest and go second in the Championship table.

City’s Wes Hoolahan had a penalty saved by Vladimir Stojkovic and the hosts responded with their best spell of the match to take the lead through a close-range Apostolos Vellios strike.

But Jonny Howson scored from a tight angle to level after the break.

And with the Canaries on top, Dorrans found the bottom corner to win it.

The midfielder’s strike gave the excellent Stojkovic no chance and sealed an impressive 20-minute spell after the interval.

Forest were seeking a fourth consecutive home win at the start of the season for the first time since 1984 and looked on track when Vellios followed up to tap in after Eric Lichaj’s effort had hit the post.

But Norwich had looked the sharper and more inventive in the final third, with Hoolahan, Dorrans and Robbie Brady all prominent in the early stages.

Hoolahan’s earlier missed spot-kick, after he was fouled by Nicolao Dumitru, had looked like being costly.

However, the Canaries were soon level after the break when Howson netted following a corner and, after relentless pressure, Dorrans put the visitors ahead.

Forest brought on Nicklas Bendtner and forced some late pressure but failed to create any telling opportunities.

Apostolos Vellios scores for Nottingham Forest against Norwich City<!–

Apostolos Vellios scored his third goal in three games to put Forest ahead at the City Ground

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Match ends, Nottingham Forest 1, Norwich City 2.

Second Half ends, Nottingham Forest 1, Norwich City 2.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Graham Dorrans.

Substitution, Norwich City. Kyle Lafferty replaces Cameron Jerome.

Substitution, Norwich City. Ryan Bennett replaces Jacob Murphy.

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Michael Mancienne.

Attempt missed. Ben Osborn (Nottingham Forest) header from very close range misses to the right. Assisted by Mustapha Carayol with a cross.

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Michael Mancienne.

Substitution, Norwich City. Louis Thompson replaces Wes Hoolahan.

Foul by Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest).

Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Pajtim Kasami (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card.

Nicklas Bendtner (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Timm Klose (Norwich City).

Attempt missed. Nicklas Bendtner (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Mustapha Carayol with a cross.

Pajtim Kasami (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ivo Pinto (Norwich City).

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Pajtim Kasami tries a through ball, but Henri Lansbury is caught offside.

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Ben Osborn replaces Nicolao Dumitru.

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Eric Lichaj.

Pajtim Kasami (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jacob Murphy (Norwich City).

Matt Mills (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Matt Mills (Nottingham Forest).

Robbie Brady (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Graham Dorrans (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Nicolao Dumitru (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Graham Dorrans (Norwich City).

Offside, Norwich City. Timm Klose tries a through ball, but Cameron Jerome is caught offside.

Matt Mills (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Cameron Jerome (Norwich City).

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Henri Lansbury replaces Chris Cohen.

Foul by Pajtim Kasami (Nottingham Forest).

Robbie Brady (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Nicolao Dumitru (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Hildeberto Pereira.

Foul by Michael Mancienne (Nottingham Forest).

Robbie Brady (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Russell Martin.

Goal! Nottingham Forest 1, Norwich City 2. Graham Dorrans (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.

Attempt blocked. Martin Olsson (Norwich City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Robbie Brady with a headed pass.

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