Nottingham Forest continued on their unbeaten run under Steve Cooper as they produced one of the unexpected football results of Championship weekend. This was the first time in more than half a decade that Nottingham Forest has managed to score three or more goals in two consecutive away games. Lewis Grabban opened the scoring with a brilliant finish to mark his fourth goal in six games. Ryan Yates then doubled the lead for the visitors with a header from the corner. Spence then scored his first goal in a year to condemn Birmingham to yet another defeat. Lee Bowyer and his side have now gone five games without a win.

Managers Reaction

Birmingham’s Lee Bowyer: “Fine margins. Keep saying that over the last few games. We’re the team that starts on top and create chances but we’re not taking the chances. All the keepers are making great saves, (we’re) hitting the post. The first goal in these games is so important and we just can’t get it at the moment. Again, they go and score against the run of play, same as QPR the other night. When we’re in possession, for me, we looked too soft. We’re conceding the same goals every game and it’s something I’ve got to fix.”

Nottingham Forest’s Steve Cooper: “He [Grabban] is a really good player, he’s proven. He doesn’t need loads of information from me, just needs a bit of support and belief. He’s done it for years now. He led the line really well, brilliant goal, disappointed he didn’t get the one that could have put us three up quicker. But he’s a great presence on the pitch, knows the role well and he’s been a real captain at the moment.”

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