Football

Forest beaten again

Forest beaten again (©PAphotos)
Forest beaten again (©PAphotos).

Steve McClaren's time in charge of Nottingham Forest took another turn for the worse as his side threw away the lead in a 3-1 loss at home to Birmingham, who scored three times in 13 second-half minutes.

Having come under fire following the 5-1 defeat at Burnley on Tuesday, the former England manager will have been feeling slightly happier when Ishmael Miller put them on course for a first home win of the season.

But Birmingham, back in domestic action after their Europa League win over Maribor, hit back in the second half through Chris Burke and Chris Wood, who scored twice to leave the Forest fans calling for the head of McClaren, as well as the club's board, come the final whistle.

The Burnley defeat was the latest in an already long line of setbacks for McClaren, who has also seen his side lose 4-1 at home to West Ham and 2-1 to Derby.

Keith Fahey should have done better than nod Liam Ridgewell's headed centre wide after 28 minutes, as Birmingham enjoyed the better of the opening stages but neither side could create an opportunity of any real significance.

But that all changed after 36 minutes, as the home side took the lead. Lewis McGugan whipped in a cross with pace and venom to the near post, Matt Derbyshire headed the ball on and found Miller, who nodded home.

Time seemed to be running out for Chris Hughton's Birmingham, who were finding it hard to put together a period of possession, but the Blues had scored in each of their seven previous Championship outings this season and they extended that run with 15 minutes remaining.

First Burke seized on a loose ball in midfield and smashed a 25-yard drive past Lee Camp in the Forest goal.

And it then went from bad to worse for Forest moments later as Wood, on as a substitute, received Burke's cut-back and pulled the trigger, with a deflection looping the ball over the stranded Camp.

Wood struck again with two minutes left, breaking through the hosts' backline to slide home with consummate ease and wrap the game up in the visitors' favour.

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Topics:
Europa League
Chris Burke
Football
Liam Ridgewell
Championship
Chelsea
Lee Camp
Keith Fahey
Derby County
Chris Wood
Nottingham Forest
Matt Derbyshire
Birmingham
Ishmael Miller
Lewis McGugan

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