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West Bromwich Albion 0-0 Nottingham Forest: 10-man Baggies hold on for draw


West Brom midfielder Alex Mowatt went close against Forest with an early curler
West Brom midfielder Alex Mowatt’s early curler was one of their few openings against Forest

Championship promotion hopefuls West Bromwich Albion had to settle for a point as they were held to a goalless draw by Steve Cooper’s improving Nottingham Forest.

After having Republic of Ireland midfielder Jayson Molumby sent off for two bookable offences in the 70th minute, Albion did well to see out the game as Forest chased a winner against 10 men.

Forest, who have now lost just once in 13 games, had to be the more content of the two teams after a fifth draw in six.

But third-placed Albion, who had a chance to win it in stoppage time when substitute Jordan Hugill blazed over, were booed off by some fans after a second successive goalless draw.

Valerien Ismael’s side have now netted just two goals in six games – and top scorer Karlan Grant was substituted after a fourth successive blank.

The Baggies have also only picked up three points from their past four matches and are seven points behind second-placed Bournemouth having played a game more.

On a horribly cold, wet night in the Black Country with Storm Arwen making its presence felt, Albion were the greater threat before the break but wasted their best chances.

Jayson Molumby's second booking in nine minutes earned him an early shower
Jayson Molumby’s second booking in nine minutes earned him an early shower

Alex Mowatt curled an early effort wide, before Grady Diangana cut in and fired a low left-foot shot, which was parried by Forest keeper Brice Samba and cleared. And Darnell Furlong should have done better when he ballooned a left-foot shot over.

Mowatt looked to have threaded in Callum Robinson after the break only for the Republic of Ireland international to see his effort blocked.

But Forest were always looking as if they had the chance to menace the hosts on the counter attack – especially once Joe Lolley came off the bench.

It was his through ball that saw home keeper Sam Johnstone truly tested for the first time as he made a superb finger-tip save from Brennan Johnson’s strike which deflected off Matt Clarke’s outstretched leg.

And it was Lolley who was brought down by Molumby, whose second yellow card in nine minutes earned the Albion midfielder his marching orders.

It then seemed Forest could go on and win the game as they began to push further forward yet it was Albion who went closest to snatching it with that final chance at the end for Hugill.

Who’s next?

Albion, who remain third, could now be overtaken by both QPR and Coventry City, who the Baggies are due to meet at the CBS Arena in next Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off.

Forest, in 13th, are at home next Saturday to struggling Peterborough United.

West Bromwich Albion boss Valerien Ismael told BBC Radio WM:

“Until the red card we were more on the front foot. But that was a game changer.

“Then it was about staying in the game and we did that. We are very strong defensively.

“But we had four big chances to score. We are struggling for goals and we need to work on it.”

Nottingham Forest boss Steve Cooper told BBC Radio Nottingham:

“We were average for large parts of the game, particularly in the first half. We are a better team than that. We can be a better version than that.

“I didn’t really like our performance. We didn’t play with enough intensity or make enough passes. We maybe slightly lacked a bit of belief.

“It’s been three games in a week and that can be tough physically, but I just felt the game was there to play a bit better than what we did. I’m slightly annoyed really.”

Line-ups

West Brom

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 1Johnstone
  • 21Kipré
  • 5Bartley
  • 16ClarkeBooked at 10mins
  • 2Furlong
  • 14MolumbyBooked at 70mins
  • 27Mowatt
  • 3Townsend
  • 11DianganaSubstituted forPhillipsat 60′minutes
  • 18GrantSubstituted forHugillat 79′minutes
  • 7RobinsonSubstituted forReachat 72′minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Ajayi
  • 10Phillips
  • 17Hugill
  • 20Reach
  • 25Button
  • 29Gardner-Hickman
  • 41Fellows

Nottm Forest

Formation 3-4-3

  • 30Samba
  • 4WorrallBooked at 22mins
  • 3FigueiredoBooked at 16minsSubstituted forMightenat 72′minutes
  • 26McKenna
  • 2Spence
  • 22Yates
  • 37Garner
  • 13Bong
  • 20Johnson
  • 11ZinckernagelSubstituted forLolleyat 66′minutes
  • 7Grabban

Substitutes

  • 1Horvath
  • 17Mighten
  • 18Ribeiro Dias
  • 21Ojeda
  • 23Lolley
  • 25Dräger
  • 33Taylor

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