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Posted Wed 25 Feb 15 at 21:35 PM

Nottingham Forest 2-1 AFC Bournemouth

AFC Bournemouth remain fourth in the Sky Bet Championship after a 2-1 defeat at Nottingham Forest.

The Cherries travelled to the City Ground having seen the division’s top three all win 24 hours earlier, but with the chance to move back into third with a point or more.

Andrew Surman looked to have put the visitors on course for a win with a super strike in the second minute.

However, Forest continued their good form under new manager Dougie Freedman as Jamaal Lascelles equalised before Henri Lansbury put them ahead with a well-executed free-kick at the end of the first half.

Following defeat at Brentford in the previous outing, Eddie Howe made three changes, which meant starts for Adam Smith and Ryan Fraser who lined-up on the left hand side.

Meanwhile, Yann Kermorgant travelled with the squad but wasn’t included in the 18 due to personal reasons.

The Cherries made an electric start as Simon Francis forced a good save from goalkeeper Karl Darlow with an early header.

But Darlow could do nothing to stop Surman opening the scoring after just 145 seconds. A short corner found its way to the midfielder and he sent a stunning strike into the top corner.

The visitors kept up the pressure as Matt Ritchie had an effort deflected wide and Callum Wilson charged down Darlow’s clearance before aiming a shot off target.

Their good work was undone midway through the opening period though as a corner landed at the feet of Lascelles and he made Forest’s first meaningful shot count with a close range finish.

The leveller gave the home side renewed confidence and Artur Boruc made an important save in the final ten minutes of the first half to keep out Lansbury’s shot from just inside the area.

However, Lansbury completed the turn around a little over a minute ahead of the interval, beating Poland international Boruc with a free-kick which appeared to be harshly given against Francis.

Howe attempted to put the Cherries back on the front foot by asking Ritchie and Fraser to switch flanks at half-time, but watched on as Smith made a goalline clearance to hack away Ben Osborn’s header.

The Cherries manager made further changes in the wide areas, replacing Fraser and Smith with Charlie Daniels and Marc Pugh for the final 25 minutes.

Daniels almost made an immediate impact, sending in a low cross which was nervously deflected behind.

The full-back did manage to pick out Pitman in the next attack, only for the Cherries number ten to mistime his header which looped over the bar.

Substitute Tokelo Rantie had joined top scorer Wilson up front by that point, but the ball wouldn't drop for either as the evening ended in frustrating fashion for Howe's side and the travelling fans.

Nottingham Forest: Darlow, Lichaj, Lascelles, Collins, Fox, Gardner, Burke (Mancienne 68), Lansbury, Osborn, Antonio, Blackstock (Fryatt 73).

Unused substitutes: de Vries, Wilson, Veldwijk, Paterson, Vaughan.

Booked: Lichaj

Goals: Lascelles (20), Lansbury (44)

Cherries: Boruc, Francis, Elphick, Cook, Smith (Daniels 66), Ritchie, MacDonald (Rantie 76), Surman, Fraser (Pugh 66), Pitman, Wilson.

Unused substitutes: Camp, Ward, Gosling, Stanislas.

Goal: Surman (3)

Attendance: 20,637 (including 618 Cherries supporters)

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