A brace from striker Clayton Donaldson helped revived Birmingham secure a 3-1 win over Nottingham Forest in Sunday's Championship clash at the City Ground.

David Cotterill's free-kick opened the scoring before Donaldson diverted in the midfielder's cross for the second.

Donaldson tapped home his second just on half-time and Britt Assombalonga headed a late consolation for Forest.

Birmingham, who have lost just twice in 10 games under Gary Rowett, are level on points with 10th-placed Forest.

The Blues have been revitalised since Rowett took over from Lee Clark in October following a club record 8-0 home defeat by Bournemouth.

Their latest loss came two days ago - a 4-0 reversal at home to Derby - but Rowett resisted the temptation to freshen up his side and stuck with the same XI for the fourth game in a row.

The visitors started with a flurry of chances but when the opener eventually came, it was against the run of play.

Cotterill's low free-kick from the left after 35 minutes caught the Forest defence flat-footed and bobbled into the far corner of Karl Darlow's net with nobody getting a touch in a crowded penalty box.

The second goal came just three minutes later and was almost identical.

Cotterill, who also scored the opening goal in a 2-1 win against Forest last month, delivered a low, bouncing cross into the box but this time Donaldson, 30, stuck out a leg to divert the ball into the far corner.

The third goal capped a terrible 10 minutes for Forest as Andrew Shinnie's shot from the edge of the box was parried by Darlow, hit his own defender and dropped perfectly for Donaldson to poke home his second of the game and eighth for the season since signing from Brentford in the summer.

Forest rallied as Robert Tesche rattled the woodwork and, after the break, Jamie Paterson shot into the side-netting, Eric Lichaj fired over the bar and an unmarked Robert Tesche headed inches wide.

Stuart Pearce's side continued to press but Assombalonga's far-post header in added time came far too late for Forest, who have won just one of their last eight games at home and are slipping out of the play-off picture.

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Nottingham Forest

  • 01 Darlow
  • 02 Lichaj
  • 04 Mancienne
  • 16 Lascelles
  • 13 Fox (Veldwijk - 76' )
  • 21 Paterson (Burke - 60' )
  • 32 Tesche
  • 10 Lansbury Booked (Osborn - 90' )
  • 18 Antonio
  • 07 Fryatt
  • 09 Assombalonga

Substitutes

  • 14 Veldwijk
  • 17 Hunt
  • 20 Laing
  • 24 Vaughan
  • 27 Burke
  • 29 de Vries
  • 38 Osborn

Birmingham City

  • 01 Randolph
  • 31 Caddis
  • 28 Morrison
  • 04 Robinson
  • 03 Grounds
  • 26 Davis
  • 08 Gleeson
  • 11 Cotterill (Zigic - 79' )
  • 22 Shinnie (Reilly - 71' )
  • 33 Gray (Moussi - 87' )
  • 09 Donaldson Booked

Substitutes

  • 06 Edgar
  • 10 Thomas
  • 17 Reilly
  • 19 Zigic
  • 21 Doyle
  • 24 Arthur
  • 39 Moussi
Ref: Simon Hooper
Att: 26,212

Match Stats

Possession

64 36

Shots

26 18

On target

2 9

Corners

9 9

Fouls

12 11

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Nottingham Forest 1, Birmingham City 3.

90:00 +3:35 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Nottingham Forest 1, Birmingham City 3.

90:00 +3:00

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Guy Moussi.

90:00 +0:44 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Nottingham Forest 1, Birmingham City 3. Britt Assombalonga (Nottingham Forest) header from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ben Osborn with a cross following a corner.

90:00 +0:17

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Paul Caddis.

89:43

Attempt saved. Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by David Davis.

89:10 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Ben Osborn replaces Henri Lansbury.

87:59

Attempt saved. Guy Moussi (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by David Davis with a cross.

87:19

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Karl Darlow.

87:17

Attempt missed. David Davis (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Nikola Zigic.

86:55 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Birmingham City. Guy Moussi replaces Demarai Gray.

86:09

Attempt missed. Matty Fryatt (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Lars Veldwijk.

84:43

Attempt missed. Demarai Gray (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Nikola Zigic.

83:32

Foul by Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest).

83:32

Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83:27

Attempt blocked. Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lars Veldwijk.

83:17

Matty Fryatt (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83:17

Foul by David Davis (Birmingham City).

82:10

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Michael Mancienne.

79:59

Attempt missed. Matty Fryatt (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Henri Lansbury.

79:22

Michael Mancienne (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

79:22

Foul by Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham City).

78:52

Attempt missed. Britt Assombalonga (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Henri Lansbury with a cross following a corner.

78:41 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Birmingham City. Nikola Zigic replaces David Cotterill.

77:58

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Paul Caddis.

76:12

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Robert Tesche.

75:39 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Lars Veldwijk replaces Daniel Fox.

74:59

Attempt saved. Demarai Gray (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Callum Reilly.

73:52

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

73:38 Booking

Booking Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

73:32

Delay in match Michael Mancienne (Nottingham Forest) because of an injury.

73:01

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

73:01

Foul by Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham City).

71:58

Attempt saved. David Cotterill (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by David Davis.

71:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Birmingham City. Callum Reilly replaces Andrew Shinnie.

70:26

Attempt missed. Robert Tesche (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Henri Lansbury with a cross following a corner.

70:08

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Paul Robinson.

68:59

Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the left wing.

68:59

Foul by David Cotterill (Birmingham City).

66:33

Foul by Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest).

66:33

Paul Caddis (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

64:30

Foul by Britt Assombalonga (Nottingham Forest).

64:30

Jonathan Grounds (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

63:38

Foul by Jamaal Lascelles (Nottingham Forest).

63:38

Andrew Shinnie (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

61:03

Attempt missed. David Cotterill (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

60:23

Foul by Jamaal Lascelles (Nottingham Forest).

60:23

Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

59:29 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Chris Burke replaces Jamie Paterson.

58:35

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by David Davis.

58:06

Attempt missed. Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Henri Lansbury with a cross following a corner.

57:47

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Paul Robinson.

57:41

Attempt blocked. Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Eric Lichaj.

56:17

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Robert Tesche.

55:39

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Eric Lichaj.

55:10

Attempt saved. Michael Mancienne (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jamie Paterson.

52:21

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Matty Fryatt tries a through ball, but Britt Assombalonga is caught offside.

51:15

Foul by Robert Tesche (Nottingham Forest).

51:15

Andrew Shinnie (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

49:58

Attempt missed. Robert Tesche (Nottingham Forest) header from very close range is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Henri Lansbury with a cross following a corner.

49:35

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Michael Morrison.

49:25

Attempt missed. Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

47:33

Attempt missed. Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

47:30

Attempt blocked. Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Henri Lansbury.

46:01

Attempt missed. Jamie Paterson (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Eric Lichaj with a headed pass.

45:27

Hand ball by Andrew Shinnie (Birmingham City).

45:00

Second Half begins Nottingham Forest 0, Birmingham City 3.

45:00 +2:13 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Nottingham Forest 0, Birmingham City 3.

45:00 +1:43

Robert Tesche (Nottingham Forest) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box.

45:00 +1:39

Attempt blocked. Britt Assombalonga (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Henri Lansbury.

44:19 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Nottingham Forest 0, Birmingham City 3. Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

44:16

Attempt saved. Andrew Shinnie (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Stephen Gleeson.

43:32

Foul by Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest).

43:32

Andrew Shinnie (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

41:33

Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

41:33

Foul by David Davis (Birmingham City).

40:51

Attempt missed. Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Britt Assombalonga following a fast break.

39:59

Attempt missed. Matty Fryatt (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jamie Paterson with a cross following a corner.

39:51

Attempt blocked. Michael Mancienne (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Henri Lansbury with a cross.

39:31

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Jonathan Grounds.

39:26

Attempt blocked. Matty Fryatt (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Britt Assombalonga.

37:45 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Nottingham Forest 0, Birmingham City 2. Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham City) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by David Cotterill following a corner.

37:44

Attempt missed. David Cotterill (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Demarai Gray following a corner.

37:29

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Eric Lichaj.

36:21

Foul by Daniel Fox (Nottingham Forest).

36:21

Andrew Shinnie (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

34:17 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Nottingham Forest 0, Birmingham City 1. David Cotterill (Birmingham City) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the centre of the goal.

33:38 Booking

Booking Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

33:24

Foul by Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest).

33:24

Demarai Gray (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

32:08

Attempt missed. Michael Mancienne (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Henri Lansbury with a cross following a corner.

31:45

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Paul Robinson.

31:43

Attempt blocked. Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

27:33

Attempt missed. Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Henri Lansbury.

27:18

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

27:18

Foul by Andrew Shinnie (Birmingham City).

26:41

Attempt saved. David Cotterill (Birmingham City) right footed shot from more than 40 yards on the right wing is saved in the bottom left corner.

25:19

Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

25:19

Foul by Andrew Shinnie (Birmingham City).

24:31

Attempt missed. Robert Tesche (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jamie Paterson.

21:49

Attempt blocked. Demarai Gray (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Clayton Donaldson with a headed pass.

15:14

Foul by Michael Mancienne (Nottingham Forest).

15:14

Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

14:43

Attempt missed. Matty Fryatt (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Michail Antonio with a cross.

12:42

Attempt missed. Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Michail Antonio.

12:17

Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the right wing.

12:17

Foul by David Davis (Birmingham City).

11:06

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

11:06

Foul by Stephen Gleeson (Birmingham City).

10:04

Foul by Jonathan Grounds (Birmingham City).

10:04

Robert Tesche (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

6:52

Demarai Gray (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

6:52

Foul by Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest).

5:54

Attempt missed. Demarai Gray (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Jonathan Grounds.

5:27

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Robert Tesche.

5:00

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Jamaal Lascelles.

4:59

Attempt blocked. Jonathan Grounds (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by David Cotterill with a cross.

4:30

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Karl Darlow.

4:24

Attempt blocked. Demarai Gray (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Andrew Shinnie.

1:31

Attempt missed. David Cotterill (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Andrew Shinnie following a fast break.

0:24

Paul Robinson (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:24

Foul by Britt Assombalonga (Nottingham Forest).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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