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Nottingham Forest 1 Newcastle United 0

By Lee Ryder on Oct 17, 09 02:00 PM

NEWCASTLE United slipped off the top of the Championship as Dexter Blackstock's first-half goal secured victory for Forest.

Blackstock struck just before the interval to knock the Magpies off their perch - they are level on points with West Brom but trail the Baggies on goals scored.

The hosts had Blackstock's goal to show for a dominant first-half display and then held off a spirited fightback after the break to register their fourth successive win.

Newcastle had a Kevin Nolan goal disallowed but otherwise struggled to create chances and, following their fine start to the season, are now winless in three games.

In-form Forest, by contrast, came out flying from the first whistle and Newcastle goalkeeper Steve Harper adjusted quickly to claw away Blackstock's third-minute header before keeping out Radoslaw Majewski's curling effort.

The home side continued to dominate and came agonisingly close to taking the lead in the 13th minute when Majewski's corner was headed against the post by Blackstock.

Newcastle almost went ahead against the run of play when Ryan Taylor delivered a teasing cross and former Forest striker Marlon Harewood sidefooted his effort against the post from six yards.

Andy Carroll fired wide and Harewood headed over, but the Magpies laboured in front of goal while Forest were doing everything but score at the other end.

Paul Anderson was denied by Harper and fired another opportunity wide, with Nathan Tyson and Blackstock also missing the target.

But the goal Forest deserved came on the stroke of half-time when Majewski played a through-ball which split the Newcastle defence and Blackstock beat the offside trap to lift the ball over the advancing Harper before seeing it trickle into the net.

Peter Lovenkrands should have done better with Newcastle's first chance of the second half, blazing over the top after being teed up by Kevin Nolan.

Harewood, desperate for a goal on his return to the City Ground, then turned sharply in the area but was denied by a fine block from Kelvin Wilson.

The visitors were denied an equaliser in the 69th minute when Taylor's cross was flicked on by Alan Smith into the path of Nolan.

The former Bolton midfielder stretched out a leg to turn the ball past Lee Camp but his celebrations were cut short by an offside flag.

Toon boss Chris Hughton threw on substitute Nile Ranger, but the youngster missed the chance to earn his side a point when he put a simple header over the crossbar.

I was at the City Ground as Newcastle United went down 1-0, and you can replay my live blog by clicking below.


8 Comments

Dave Owen said:

We were terrible that first half. I think we've found our level.

irving Cobden said:

Still about 26 points or so till we're safe from relegation.

Eldorado Argentina said:

Lee! Who chooses which strip to wear and why?
All black and blue again! When will they ever learn?
Best
R

alan smith said:

More worrying is if potential buyers watched the game and realised that should we get promoted ( probably will as it is a poor league ) then they will need to find the money to buy 10 premiership quality players because a team that struggles like that to break down a very average team like Nottingham will be found out big style in the premiership.

ian said:

For me it was only a matter of time before we started dropping down the league. The early season was purely down to the other teams bizarrely giving us too much respect and if they'd had anybody who could shoot at goal properly, we'd be in a relegation battle already by now.Injuries will sadly expose us and when the likes of Nolan are playing like one of the sisters and Harewood's hold-up skills are frankly Ameobiesque, we have nothing to be positive about.Well,I say that, but one thing it should at least do is put this ridiculous idea, by some of the weirder fans, of giving the job to Hughton to bed (does nobody remember the Roeder reign). That said, the fat idiot is always looking for new ways of revenge on the fans so I expect Hughton to be appointed at any time (probably after the Scunthorpe defeat).

londontoon said:

Agreed we can't give CH the full time job, sorry chris great effort but not sure if you can raise your game when required, tactics still ify... having said that we were with out our best central defenders and currently without a proven striker. I don't think theres any point in playing defensivly in this league we are the Man U or Chelsea of the CCC why sit back and worry about what teams are going to do to us? the more we do that the more inspired our opposition will become. we should be going in with a swagger and taking the mick out of these teams in the last 20mins not searching for an equalizer. confidence comes from the top and CH lacks a bit of that and his team reflects it on the pitch, whether we have top players out or not! no need to panic, although its starting to get a bit tight up there in the top half...

bob harvey said:

The text I entered was NOT wrong --- it was checked, so bollocks to you and your dodgy, clueless manager ---- yes, another Roeder.

Neil anderson said:

Sorry to say after wasting good money on Saturday to watch a team with no idea, cannot pass, no creativity and a striker who can not trap a ball. I feel its going to be a long hard winter. Team spirit was missing and playing Simpson at Centre Half what a crazy idea. He was actually great in the second half but then again the ball was in the forest half for 40 mins. You cannot play players out of position week after wek and hope it will work. We have no width or pace.
But I am only a fan. These so called professionals who work day in day in football obviously know better

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Lee Ryder - Proudly born and bred on Tyneside, the Chronicle's chief sports writer has followed the fortunes of the club over the last three decades as a Toon fan and football writer.

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