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
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
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
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
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