Antonio earns Forest deserved victory

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Michail Antonio’s second half strike was enough to earn Dougie Freedman’s side a convincing victory on home soil at the expense of winless Rotherham United (First Published on AllSportsNews)

Nottingham Forest went into this afternoon’s tie knowing that a win was vital to counter the dismal results that the club has already endured this season.

The City Ground outfit suffered a 2-0 loss to Brighton on the opening day of the season, and were knocked out by Walsall during their midweek Capital One Cup tie.

Rotherham United faced a similar situation, having suffered a 4-1 hammering to Championship newcomers MK Dons last weekend, and knew a win could alter their fortunes.

Former Forest centerback Danny Collins put the visitors ahead in the 13th minute, as the 35-year old rose above the opposing defense to meet Joe Newell’s right-wing corner and head it past Doris De Vries.

The early goal threatened Forest’s 16 game unbeaten run against their opponents, a record the Tricky Trees have kept intact since 1956.

The home side, however, managed to bring themselves back into contention on the cusp of half time. Matt Mills, a summer acquisition from Bolton Wanders, nodded his first goal for the club from Jamie Ward’s cross.

Michail Antonio managed to confirm the win for Forest midway into the second half. The midfielder was able to capitalize on a mistake made by Rotherham keeper Kelle Roos, and snatched his third goal of the season.

The result means that Rotherham United now sit bottom of the Championship, having failed to win their opening two games. Steve Evans side also remain winless on their away travels, having last secured victory against Huddersfield on March 7th.

 

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