February 23, 2013
Forest down Addicks
Radoslaw Majewski and Henri Lansbury were on target as Nottingham Forest swept aside 10-man Charlton 2-0.
New Forest boss Billy Davies this week called on his two midfielders to chip in with more goals after both broke their ducks in Tuesday's 6-1 drubbing of Huddersfield.
And they were clearly paying attention as Polish midfielder Majewski, who had not found the net in his first 20 games, made it four in two matches while Lansbury doubled his tally for the campaign.
Davies can now boast a draw and two wins from his first three games since returning to the City Ground, with his in-form side moving ominously towards the play-off places.
Hosts Charlton were never in the game even before they were reduced to 10 men late in the first half when Yann Kermorgant saw red.
Forest were dominating and their best chance of the opening half fell to midweek hat-trick hero Majewski, but he made a mess of his 22nd-minute effort.
Darius Henderson headed across goal, Charlton's clearance was blocked and the ball fell to Majewski who ballooned his effort over the crossbar.
Majewski also toe-poked straight at Addicks goalkeeper Ben Hamer while Chris Cohen and former Valley skipper Andy Reid blazed shots over.
Charlton were already up against it but Kermorgant did them no favours by getting himself sent off for clashing with Greg Halford in the 37th minute.
The French striker aimed a kick at Forest defender Halford off the ball and, after consulting with his assistant, referee Andrew Madley showed him a straight red card.
Charlton made it to the break all-square but lasted just eight minutes of the second half before Majewski struck.
Reid found the Pole in the area and, although his touch appeared heavy, it took him past a couple of defenders before he prodded the ball past Hamer.
Lansbury then had a shot deflected narrowly wide, but the former Arsenal midfielder's luck was in on the hour mark.
Hamer badly fumbled a weak shot from Simon Cox and Lansbury was gifted a tap-in from inside the six-yard box.
It was almost 3-0 moments later but Hamer managed to scramble Elliott Ward's flick against a post, before Majewski wasted another good chance when he blasted over the top again.
Hamer made further saves from Henderson and Cohen while Reid fired wide but Forest settled for two as their play-off charge continues to gather pace.
|Charlton Athletic||Nottingham Forest|
|1 Ben Hamer||12 Karl Darlow|
|28 Leon Cort||15 Greg Halford|
|5 Michael Morrison||36 Gonzalo Jara|
|16 Rhoys Wiggins||32 Elliott Ward|
|44 Dorian Dervite||11 Andy Reid|
|20 Chris Solly||8 Chris Cohen|
|4 Johnnie Jackson||22 Henri Lansbury|
|8 Dale Stephens||28 Radoslaw Majewski|
|11 Scott Wagstaff||7 Adlene Guedioura|
|14 Bradley Pritchard||9 Darius Henderson|
|18 Yann Kermorgant||19 Simon Cox|
|27 David Button||Dimitar Evtimov 31|
|6 Matthew Taylor||Danny Collins 5|
|3 Cedric Evina||Jonathan Greening 14|
|23 Lawrie Wilson||Lewis McGugan 10|
|19 Ricardo Fuller||Guy Moussi 6|
|9 Danny Haynes||Dexter Blackstock 23|
|26 Jonathan Obika||Billy Sharp 24|
|Ricardo Fuller for Dale Stephens (46)||Lewis McGugan for Henri Lansbury (76)|
|Danny Haynes for Scott Wagstaff (58)||Billy Sharp for Simon Cox (80)|
|Jonathan Obika for Bradley Pritchard (90)||Jonathan Greening for Andy Reid (84)|
|Greg Halford (90)|
|Yann Kermorgant (37)|
|· Squads: Charlton Athletic | Nottingham Forest|