On-spot McGugan rescues Forest

A Lewis McGugan penalty late on secured a point for Nottingham

Forest against Burnley at Turf Moor in the Championship on

Monday.

The home side’s play-off hopes already needed a miraculous

resurrection over the last six games of the season, but they looked

set for a first home win since January and a return to the top half

after Junior Stanislas’ second-half strike.

Forest played some attractive football and remain in the top

six, but looked every inch a team playing their second match in

three days and rarely threatened to add to their six wins and a

draw since Billy Davies’ return as manager – until McGugan’s late

strike.

After just four minutes Gonzalo Jara played Lewis McGugan in

down the right and his cross picked out Billy Sharp, whose header

from six yards was well tipped over by Lee Grant in the Burnley

goal.

At the other end Charlie Austin cut-back for Chris McCann but

the veteran midfielder scuffed his effort.

With 12 minutes gone Ross Wallace delivered a delicious through

ball with the outside of his left foot to play in Austin, but the

former Swindon striker blazed harmlessly over from the edge of the

box.

Forest were playing the better football, and midway through the

first half McGugan’s superb turn in midfield ignited a visiting

attack which ended with Grant producing a good save to keep out

Henri Lansbury’s curling 20-yard effort.

The home side might have had a penalty when Chilean full-back

Jara clumsily bundled into Austin as he looked to get on the end of

a Kieran Trippier cross, while moments later Stanislas broke free

down the left only to see his shot well saved by Karl Darlow.

The second half suddenly came to life after 68 minutes when

Stanislas gave the home side the lead. Having controlled McGugan’s

corner in his own box, he swiftly broke and found substitute Joseph

Mills on the left, before the full-back’s cross fell to the former

West Ham winger at the back post. His shot deflected off Chris

Cohen past a helpless Darlow.

It could have been two a minute later when Austin cleverly

played in Vokes, but Darlow came out well to smother the ball at

the former Bournemouth striker’s feet.

Late on, Grant smartly tipped Greg Halford’s late header over

the bar and Burnley were comfortably hanging on despite a late

handball appeal against Mills in his own box. That was until

McGugan slotted home from 12 yards after Kevin Long collided with

Lansbury.