Nottingham Forest 0-1 Cardiff: Nathaniel Mendez-Laing earns win for Bluebirds
N Forest vs Cardiff
Sky Bet Ch’ship
3:00pm Saturday 30th November
The City Ground
As Neil Harris asserted his positive start to life since Bluebirds boss with a 1-0 triumph on familiar territory nottingham Forest’s miserable run against Cardiff lasted.
Cardiff have not lost to Forest following the exact finish of Nathaniel Mendez-Laing earned them all three points in the City 32, and they’ve won nine of these games.
Harris, who suffered a difficult spell as a striker whilst playing Forest, would have enjoyed the quality of the game’s only goal, as the Cardiff individual discovered the bottom corner of the net from the edge of the box that will help the newly-appointed supervisor to another success in his third game in charge.
But Forest’s lack of power was decisive as they registered 31 efforts but simply hit on the target.
Forest carved the meaningful opportunity out as Lewis Grabban united to locate Sammy Ameobi in space in the box and Joe Lolley, but the winger dropped his footing as he struck his shot, which bobbled wide.
Another move that was well-crafted ended choosing Joao Carvalho in the box out, but he fired high over the bar.
The home side had been dominant in the opening trades, but it was Cardiff who took the lead from the 14th minute.
Mendez-Laing has been given the time and space to curl a precise, curling shot into the bottom corner, past the reach of Bryce Samba, to deny him everything could have been a fourth consecutive clean sheet after Lee Tomlin fed him the ball.
Forest seemed to respond as Ameobi drove a shot however when Marlon Pack looked to grab him out with a shot from a free-kick, when it looked like he was likely to 44, Samba needed to rescue.
Lolley Ameobi around and fired broad as Forest continued to look for an opening, while the latter and Carvalho arrived somewhat closer with attempts, but still without hitting the target.
Cash was off target again, but Ameobi was denied with a simple rescue from Neil Etheridge although forest were having plenty of attempts.
The second half saw Jack Robinson kept out by Etheridge, however, Worrall had to clean off the line to deny Cardiff a second goal since Junior Hoilett was chosen out by Gary Madine a few yards outside.
Substitute Alfa Semedo and ben Watson both cleared the pub as Forest lasted to make – and waste – a set of half chance. Forest notched up their 20th effort on target with 20 minutes to play, but only one had been on goal.
Forest defender Robinson come agonisingly close with a curling shot, which missed the target.
Cash forced another save using a shot from Etheridge, but it was too little, too late.