Honeymoon period over for Pearce as Nottingham Forest slip to defeat against Blackburn

Nottingham Forest 1 - 3 Blackburn Rovers

  • 37" Matty Fryatt
  • 66" Alex Baptiste
  • 75" Rudy Gestede
  • 77" Jordan Rhodes

Ref: Oliver Langford
Attendance: 27,345

Nottingham Forest

Nottingham Forest's poor run of form continued today as Blackburn Rovers ran out 3-1 winners at the City Ground.

Nottingham Forest may have racked up 17 points from the first seven games of the season, but they went into today's game against Blackburn Rovers with no win in the last six games.

Meanwhile, opponents Rovers halted their four game winless streak with a 1-0 victory over Birmingham City in midweek, and they went to the City Ground in high spirits.

Despite their recent struggles, Forest did take the lead in the first half as Matty Fryatt turned home after Britt Assombalonga's effort had hit the post, and Stuart Pearce's side went into the break leading by one goal to nil.

But there was a familiar sinking feeling after the break, with Alex Baptiste's equaliser sparking a bizarre 11 minute collapse from Forest.

Rudy Gestede but Blackburn in front with just 15 minutes to play, and the defensive woes continued just two minutes later as Jordan Rhodes ended his personal goal drought with the killer third goal.

The honeymoon period for Pearce appears to be over at the City Ground, and with seven games without a win, the pressure is slowly building on the former England international.


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Team Lineups

Nottingham Forest

  • Karl Darlow
  • Daniel Harding
  • Michael Mancienne
  • Kelvin Wilson
  • Jack Hunt
  • Michail Antonio
  • Chris Burke
  • David Vaughan
  • Robert Tesche
  • Matty Fryatt
  • Britt Assombalonga


  • Eric Lichaj
  • Henri Lansbury
  • Jamaal Lascelles
  • Jamie Paterson
  • Dexter Blackstock
  • Dorus de Vries
  • Daniel Fox

Blackburn Rovers

  • Jason Steele
  • Markus Olsson
  • Shane Duffy
  • Grant Hanley
  • Alex Baptiste
  • Corry Evans
  • Ben Marshall
  • Ryan Tunnicliffe
  • Lee Williamson
  • Tom Cairney
  • Jordan Rhodes


  • David Dunn
  • Adam Henley
  • Matthew Kilgallon
  • Luke Varney
  • Simon Eastwood
  • Craig Conway
  • Rudy Gestede

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