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Bendtner scores first goal for Forest

Nicklas Bendtner

Nicklas Bendtner’s goal was his first in English football since January 2014

Nicklas Bendtner scored his first Nottingham Forest goal but Fulham hit back for a deserved draw.

Bendtner, who hit the bar with a thunderous 25-yard strike before the break, volleyed the hosts ahead.

Fulham levelled when Tom Cairney slotted the ball in from close range after the Reds failed to clear.

The visitors, who like Forest are now winless in five games, pushed for a winner but wasted late chances in a game that featured poor finishing.

Former Arsenal striker Bendtner, one of six changes from Saturday’s last-minute defeat against Sheffield Wednesday, had two glorious opportunities to open the scoring.

His first effort came thudding back off the bar, but his second chance should have found the net. The Dane kept his shot low from Mustapha Carayol’s pull-back but was far from convincing and David Button saved with his feet.

In between, Fulham had an even better opportunity with Matt Smith’s point-blank header somehow kept out by a breathtaking one-handed stop from Reds keeper Vladimir Stojkovic.

More missed chances followed after the interval, notably when the otherwise impressive Sone Aluko hooked the ball over the bar from two yards when it seemed impossible to miss.

But after Cairney side-footed in Scott Malone’s cross, Fulham pressed for a winner and came close to finding it, Smith having a strike ruled out for offside and substitute Chris Martin forcing another fine save from Stojkovic.

Nottingham Forest head coach Philippe Montanier:

“It was a tough and physical game and it could easily have ended 3-3. There were plenty of opportunities for both teams and it was played at a high tempo. It was important for us to have a decent result after three defeats to end this bad period.

“I thought if we scored first then we would go on to win the game, then again if Fulham had got the first goal then they could have thoroughly protected the lead and won.

“I made six changes – Fulham made five – and some of the players were very tired while Henri Lansbury was suspended and so we needed to freshen it up. It will be good for us to have the international break to recuperate and have a good break, the players need it.”

Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic:

“My team showed a reaction after the embarrassing game against Bristol City but I am disappointed we didn’t score a second and win the game. We created enough chances to have won the game but if we stay calm then the goals will come.

“The whole team played well, we all worked together and created plenty of chances and there is improvement to come.

“We have to be confident on the ball and be organised. Our one big problem is at home, when we don’t have the ball, but we did that very well. Our movement was very good. We have to follow this up now.”

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Match ends, Nottingham Forest 1, Fulham 1.

Second Half ends, Nottingham Forest 1, Fulham 1.

Attempt missed. Matt Smith (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

Attempt missed. Ragnar Sigurdsson (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Sone Aluko with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Damien Perquis.

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Vladimir Stojkovic.

Attempt saved. Chris Martin (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Matt Smith with a headed pass.

Substitution, Fulham. Dennis Adeniran replaces Tom Cairney.

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Apostolos Vellios replaces Nicklas Bendtner.

Foul by Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham).

Licá (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Damien Perquis (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left following a corner.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Denis Odoi.

Attempt blocked. Nicklas Bendtner (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Nicklas Bendtner (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Michael Mancienne with a headed pass.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Tim Ream.

Attempt missed. Licá (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ben Osborn with a cross.

Offside, Fulham. Chris Martin tries a through ball, but Matt Smith is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Chris Martin (Fulham) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Scott Parker.

Foul by Scott Parker (Fulham).

Licá (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Ben Osborn tries a through ball, but Hildeberto Pereira is caught offside.

Substitution, Fulham. Ryan Sessegnon replaces Scott Malone.

Foul by Sone Aluko (Fulham).

Damien Perquis (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Daniel Fox (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

Hand ball by Daniel Fox (Nottingham Forest).

Attempt missed. Ryan Tunnicliffe (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Scott Malone.

Attempt missed. Matt Smith (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Scott Parker.

Sone Aluko (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Hildeberto Pereira (Nottingham Forest).

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Hildeberto Pereira replaces Nicolao Dumitru.

Goal! Nottingham Forest 1, Fulham 1. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Denis Odoi with a headed pass.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution, Fulham. Chris Martin replaces Lucas Piazon.

Delay in match Damien Perquis (Nottingham Forest) because of an injury.

Offside, Fulham. Tom Cairney tries a through ball, but Sone Aluko is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Ben Osborn (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Nicolao Dumitru.

Offside, Fulham. Ryan Tunnicliffe tries a through ball, but Matt Smith is caught offside.

Denis Odoi (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/37415225