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Posted Wed 17 Jul 13 at 06:04 AM

Cherries ninth after Forest draw

Marc Pugh scored a dramatic injury time equaliser to earn the Cherries a 1-1 draw at Nottingham Forest.

Forest had gone close on a couple of occasions in the first half, but it took a spectacular strike from Reds midfielder Henri Lansbury to open the scoring.

Lewis Grabban then had the visitor’s best chance of the opening period and hit the post from close range in first half injury time.

Eddie Howe’s team searched for an equaliser after the interval and got their reward in added on time as Pugh squeezed a shot past Karl Darlow.

The finish sparked ecstasy in the away end as the travelling contingent celebrated their team keeping up their record of scoring in every league game this season.

However, they lost on loan goalkeeper Stephen Henderson after just seven minutes as the result of a heavy challenge from Simon Cox.

The result leaves the Cherries ninth in the Championship table after the first 12 games of the season.

Tokelo Rantie was gifted an early chance when he collected a loose back pass but was unable to round Darlow and open his account for the club.

Henderson then made a save to deny Lansbury down the other end, only to leave the pitch on a stretcher shortly afterwards.

The on loan goalkeeper was involved in a collision with Cox as he intercepted a through ball, suffering what appeared to be a shoulder injury.

Lansbury and Cox both then went through on goal, but couldn’t force a save out of the substitute stopper Ryan Allsop as they dragged their close range efforts wide.

Eventually, the home side’s pressure told with Lansbury curling a spectacular strike beyond Allsop in the 39th minute.

There were seven minutes of time added on at the end of the first half and the Cherries almost went into the break on level terms. Grabban got the decisive touch on a loose ball but saw his finish rebound back off the post.

The second half was missing the fast pace and end-to-end chances of the first, but Steve Cook made a crucial interception to guide Darius Henderson’s header wide of the post and behind for a corner.

Henderson then wasted Forest’s best chance after the restart, shooting wide in front of the Trent End having avoided a last ditch tackle by Allsop.

However, there were opportunities for the Cherries and substitute Brett Pitman glanced a header wide of the target and sent a free-kick over the bar after replacing Andrew Surman.

They created more pressure in the final ten minutes and Harry Arter was unfortunate not to score with a powerful finish from the edge of the area, which flew over the woodwork and into the away end.

But the 1,067 travelling fans were able to celebrate as Pugh struck in injury time to earn a point for Howe's men.

Nottingham Forest: Darlow, Jara, Hobbs, Cohen, Collins (Wilson 45), Majewski (Mackie 64), Abdoun, Reid, Lansbury, Cox (Derbyshire 72), Henderson.

Unused substitutes: Harding, Halford, Paterson, Wilson, De Vries.

Goal: Lansbury (39)

Booked: Cox, Lansbury, Hobbs, Darlow

Cherries: Henderson (Allsop 13), Francis, Ward, Cook, Harte (Daniels 46), Surman (Pitman 73), Collison, Arter, Pugh, Grabban, Rantie.

Unused substitutes: Elphick, MacDonald, O'Kane, Thomas. 

Goal: Pugh (90)

Booked: Collison, Pugh

Attendance: 28,070 (including 1,067 Cherries supporters)

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