Nottingham Forest 4-3 Burton Albion

6 Aug

Britt Assombalonga


Britt Assombalonga has now scored three goals in his past two games, stretching back to last season.

Philippe Montanier’s Nottingham Forest reign began with a 4-3 opening weekend win that spoilt Burton Albion’s first Championship fixture.

Britt Assombalonga started and finished the Reds’ scoring on his first start in 18 months to help seal three points for the new French boss.

Burton had led 2-1 through Lucas Akins and Lloyd Dyer goals before Thomas Lam and Oliver Burke turned it round.

Tom Naylor’s late header had Forest nerves jangling, but the hosts held on.

The only sour note for Montanier’s side was the injury to goalkeeper Dorus de Vries, who was withdrawn on a stretcher in the first 20 minutes with an ankle problem.

Victory for the home side came at the expense of Forest legend Nigel Clough, who steered Albion to promotion to the second tier for the first time in their history last season.

In searing sunshine, a sell-out crowd at a reduced capacity was given a glimpse of the future with five academy talents named in the hosts’ starting line-up.

Despite the loss, Burton showed character to fight back from a goal down to silence the City Ground crowd, but also to keep pressing when Forest were 4-2 up and seemingly comfortable at the end.

Nottingham Forest manager Philippe Montanier told BBC Radio Nottingham:

“Even at the end it was difficult for us because they’re a very good team and we didn’t manage that very well.

“But other than the end we played a good game with a young team, five academy players, it was a great victory for Nottingham Forest.

“We tried to play offensive football but it’s not always easy, because the opponents are at the good level and now we need to work hard to not concede three goals because we won’t score four goals every game.”

Burton Albion manager Nigel Clough told BBC Radio Derby:

“We have to learn that when we get opportunity to take a point or three form the game we have to take them and they were certainly there all the way through the game.

“The players are hugely disappointed because they know we should have got something out of the game, but there was also a bit of misfortune.

“We’re resilient, we keep going and the chance we had in the 94th minute was probably the best chance of the game and we thought it was in. That sums up the day. A lot of positives, but we’ve got to learn and learn fast.”

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Lloyd Dyer had the band of Burton fans in the lower Bridgford in full voice with his goal
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Oliver Burke won full Scotland international recognition earlier this year

Live Text

Match ends, Nottingham Forest 4, Burton Albion 3.

Second Half ends, Nottingham Forest 4, Burton Albion 3.

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Ben Osborn tries a through ball, but Britt Assombalonga is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Ben Turner (Burton Albion) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Matthew Palmer with a cross following a set piece situation.

Foul by Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest).

Matthew Palmer (Burton Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt blocked. Hamza Choudhury (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Naylor.

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Pajtim Kasami.

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Thomas Lam.

Britt Assombalonga (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Kyle McFadzean (Burton Albion).

Goal! Nottingham Forest 4, Burton Albion 3. Tom Naylor (Burton Albion) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Hamza Choudhury with a cross.

Foul by Britt Assombalonga (Nottingham Forest).

Kyle McFadzean (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Lucas Akins (Burton Albion) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Matthew Palmer with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Alex Iacovitti.

Offside, Burton Albion. Lucas Akins tries a through ball, but Stuart Beavon is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Lucas Akins (Burton Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Stuart Beavon with a headed pass.

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Eric Lichaj replaces Hildeberto Pereira because of an injury.

Hildeberto Pereira (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Damien McCrory (Burton Albion).

Substitution, Burton Albion. Damien McCrory replaces Tom Flanagan.

Foul by Ben Osborn (Nottingham Forest).

John Mousinho (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Matthew Cash (Nottingham Forest).

Hamza Choudhury (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal! Nottingham Forest 4, Burton Albion 2. Britt Assombalonga (Nottingham Forest) header from very close range to the centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Pajtim Kasami (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ben Osborn.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Tom Naylor.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Lloyd Dyer.

Substitution, Burton Albion. Stuart Beavon replaces Chris O’Grady.

Attempt missed. Tom Naylor (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Chris O’Grady.

Substitution, Burton Albion. Tom Naylor replaces Lee Williamson.

Attempt blocked. Chris O’Grady (Burton Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lucas Akins with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Chris O’Grady (Burton Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Lucas Akins (Burton Albion) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Matthew Palmer with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Oliver Burke.

Foul by Britt Assombalonga (Nottingham Forest).

John Mousinho (Burton Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by John Mousinho.

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