Birmingham City 0-3 Nottingham Forest (EFL Championship) 02.10.21
For the second time in a week and for the first time in six years, Nottingham Forest scored three goals in successive games with back to back away victories following up a thumping win over Barnsley on Wednesday with an even more impressive 3-0 victory at Birmingham yesterday.
Lewis Grabban getting things under way with a sweet strike from long range that flew into the top corner on just eleven minutes. Grabban is looking to become the first player since Marlon Harewood to reach fifty Reds goals and now has 47, more than any other player this Millennium for Forest.
Ryan Yates was next, heading home from a corner on 29. Forest had previously not scored or conceded from a corner kick this season, Steve Cooper’s side re-writing the record books it seems each game they play.
In the second half, things got even better just eight minutes in, Middlesbrough loanee Djed Spence running into the area and smashing hard home to give the away side an unassailable advantage.
Hard to believe the Blues had previously hit the woodwork on a couple of occasions at key stages in the game. Forest took their chances and devastated on the break. A second cleansheet in thirteen matches is also most welcome to an ever improving defensive line. But it’s in attack which is pleasing Reds fans most. Clinical and exciting, the team is really starting to gel beneath their new Head Coach.
Next up Blackpool at the City Ground after the international break. Forest now 17th in the table and optimistically starting to look up at those they can catch, rather than down and what’s below them in the relegation battle.
Birmingham City: Sarkic, Roberts, Dean, Pedersen, Colin, Woods, Sunjic (Deeney 70), Bela (McGree 58), Chong, Hogan (Aneke 58), Jutkiewicz.
Nottingham Forest: Samba, Figueiredo, Worrall, McKenna, Spence, Yates, Colback, Lowe, Johnson (Mighten 84), Zinckernagel (Garner 71), Grabban (Taylor 77).
Venue: St Andrews (15,148)
*Main image @NFFC Djed Spence celebrates his goal for Forest.