Gunter strike gives Forest win

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Chris Gunter's first senior career goal gave Nottingham Forest a 1-0 Coca-Cola Championship victory over winless Plymouth.

The Wales international struck in the second minute of added time at the end of the first half to give Billy Davies' side only their second league victory of the season.

Gunter, a £1.75million summer signing from Tottenham, played a neat one-two with Dexter Blackstock. He was fortunate that substitute defender James Chester slipped when he collected the return ball inside the box, but Gunter confidently beat Romain Larrieu with a low shot.

Forest remain unbeaten on their travels since mid-March, although this was only their first away win since the end of February, while bottom-of-the-table Plymouth have made their worst start to a season for 28 years.

After an early scare from a Blackstock header, Argyle should have took the lead through Jamie Mackie but he poked a driven, low cross wide from eight yards out.

The Scot almost made amends midway through the first half following a piece of individual brilliance. Mackie collected possession on the left touchline, he backed three Forest defenders into the box and only a solid foot from keeper Lee Camp denied him a goal.

A dipping shot from Radoslaw Majewski skimmed the top of the net before Plymouth lost Kari Arnason to injury after 35 minutes. He was replaced by Chester, whose first involvement was his ill-timed slip to allow Gunter a clear shot at goal.

Joe Garner should have extended Forest's lead early in the second half but he sliced his shot wide from 10 yards out, while Majewski tried to catch out Larrieu with a free-kick on the edge of the box just after the hour mark, but the Pole's shot curled just over the crossbar.

Plymouth should have been awarded a penalty in the 70th minute when Kelvin Wilson appeared to unfairly halt Chester's path to goal, but referee Andy Woolmer waved away the appeals.

Substitute Alan Judge looked lively when he came on. The midfielder, on loan from Blackburn, dragged a half-volley wide before stinging Camp's palms with a well-struck shot on the run with five minutes remaining, but that was as close as Argyle came to an equaliser.

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