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    Middlesboro

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    Derby

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    Nottm Forest

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    Blackburn

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ENGLISH LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP

The City Ground

Referee: Mick Russell | Attendance: 18748

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Nottingham Forest 0-0 Blackburn Rovers

Interim manager Eric Black picked up his second away point in four days to enhance his chances of being invited to succeed Steve Kean as Blackburn manager.

Rovers played out a goalless draw at fellow promotion hopefuls Nottingham Forest in a match short on goalmouth action.

While Black revealed he is yet to officially apply for the Rovers vacancy he has been told he will be in charge for Saturday's visit of Wolves.

That could be the 49-year-old's last chance to try and convince Blackburn's owners to turn to him on a full-time basis, but for now Black is more concerned with helping Rovers collect points.

``The important thing at the moment is what happens to Blackburn Rovers because no matter who is manager, the club will be here in 10, 20 or 30 years time,'' he said.

``The club have explained everything to me and I fully understand that there is a lot of interest in what is an exceptional job. There will be a lot of candidates for it.

``I have not applied for the job yet but I have enjoyed taking it on - it's been fine. I've been told that I will be in charge on Saturday.

``We've had two games in quick succession and it's been a case of going from one game to another. We had a new system tonight and the players deserve a lot of credit for that.

``We've conceded a lot of goals this season and we tried to do something about it. At the end of the night it was a very hard-working defensive performance even though it wasn't as exciting as it could have been.''

In truth there were very few chances throughout the game but after a promising Blackburn start, Forest dominated much of the game but with regular strikers Dexter Blackstock and Simon Cox both suspended they lacked a cutting edge.

Even so Rovers' goalkeeper Paul Robinson had to make an excellent second-half save from Henri Lansbury on his full debut for Forest while Billy Sharp shot into the side-netting from an Andy Reid cross.

The nearest Blackburn came to a goal was when record signing Jordan Rhodes appeared to be tripped in the box by Chris Cohen.

``It's all about principles for us at the moment. If we get them right, then results will follow,'' Forest boss Sean O'Driscoll said.

``We try and take the result out of the equation and concentrate on doing the right things because if you do that other things will follow.

``We have a collection of good individuals and we are trying to turn them into a team that can win matches in the Championship.

``We've introduced Henri Lansbury tonight, Billy Sharp has come back in and Jermaine Jenas has come off the bench but it's all about formulating a shape and what is best for us.

``You cannot govern results so it's pointless being disappointed by anything. We just move onto the next game and keep working with the players.

``The performance was a notch above Sunday's against Derby. We manipulated the ball better tonight and now we have to maintain that against Peterborough at the weekend.''

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Scoring Summary

  • Nottingham Forest
  • Blackburn Rovers
 
 

Match Stats

  • Nottingham Forest
  • Blackburn Rovers
17(1) Shots (on goal) 5(1)
8 Fouls 5
9 Corner kicks 5
0 Offsides 0
56% Time of Possession 44%
0 Yellow Cards 0
0 Red Cards 0
1 Saves 3

Teams

  • Nottingham Forest
  • Blackburn Rovers
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