Nottingham Forest 1, Norwich City 1
SLIDESHOW: Norwich City continued their fine start to the new Championship season with a draw at Nottingham Forest - but will be disappointed not to have left the City Ground with all three points.
Norwich City continued their fine start to the new Championship season with a draw at Nottingham Forest - but will be disappointed not to have left the City Ground with all three points.
There was no dispute from either manager over City's claims that they should have won - although there were arguments over the manner of Forest's opening goal on 35 minutes.
City boss Paul Lambert, having seen Grant Holt's earlier claims for a penalty turned down by referee Scott Mathieson, was furious when the official pointed to the spot after Paul Anderson had made the made the most of a coming together with Russell Martin.
Dexter Blackstock tucked the ball into the bottom right-hand corner to give the hosts a lead they barely deserved.
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However it lasted just seven minutes with City levelling after Chris Martin had flicked on an Andrew Surman free-kick and midfielder Andrew Crofts poked it over the head of keepr Lee Camp to make it all square.
City were clearly the better side throughout large portions of the game but the breakthrough just couldn't come, however Lambert will be delighted at the plaudits his side are accruing.
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Chris Martin, who had hit the woodwork twice in quick succession early on, and Holt were a real handful upfront; Crofts was superb in midfield and new boy Leon Barnett slotted in seamlessly alongside Elliott Ward in the heart of the defence.
Forest remain winless after four league games but another good result for City consolidates their seventh position in the table.
t Nottingham Forest: Camp; Bertrand, Chambers, Morgan, Wilson; Anderson, Cohen, McKenna, Majewski; Earnshaw, Blackstock.
Subs: Darlow, Moloney, Lynch, McGugan (for McKenna, 71), Moussi (for Majewski, 61), Adebola, Tyson (for Anderson, 54).
t Norwich City: Ruddy; Russell Martin, Drury, Barnett, Ward; Crofts, Surman, Hoolahan, Smith; Holt, Martin.
Subs: Rudd, Berthel Askou, Fox, Lappin, McNamee, Jackson, Johnson.
t Referee: Scott Mathieson
t Attendance: 21,890