2017/18 English League Championship, Regular Season
  • Lee Tomlin (85')
  • Omar Richards (35')

Tomlin snatches point for Forest

Lee Tomlin scored Nottingham Forest's first home league goal since December 9 to salvage a point in a 1-1 draw with Reading.
Omar Richards' first career goal looked likely to earn Reading a vital three points late in the first half, but on-loan Tomlin broke his duck for the Reds five minutes from time to end a run of five straight home league defeats.
Reading caught Forest napping after two minutes when Leandro Bacuna dinked a lovely ball over the Reds' backline for Chris Gunter to run on to, but from his inviting cross, Martin could only blaze a shot wildly over the bar from just outside the six-yard box.
Five minutes later, Ben Brereton thought he had headed Forest into the lead, when he rose to nod home Kieran Dowell's inswinging cross at the back post, only for the assistant referee to rule he had strayed offside.
Forest keeper Costel Pantilimon had to be alert to keep out Modou Barrow's cross-shot, with Danny Fox then doing well to block former Red Gunter's follow-up effort.
Tomlin drilled a low effort inches wide of Vito Mannone's right-hand post, before then teeing up Brereton, whose strike was parried by Mannone, with the ball eventually reaching Joe Lolley, who scooped a shot into the Reading stopper's hands.
Ten minutes before half-time, Reading seized the initiative by securing a precious advantage. A well-worked move down their right saw Liam Kelly feed Gunter, who brought a superb low save out of Pantilimon, but the ball then fell to Richards who emphatically smashed his shot through a crowd of players to hand the visitors a 1-0 lead.
On the stroke of half-time, Tomlin won a free-kick on the edge of the Royals box and it was the on-loan Cardiff man who took the set-piece, forcing Mannone to dive to his left to palm the ball away.
Dowell showed some great skill to wriggle away from two Reading defenders in the visitors' box early in the second half, but he could not get enough power on his eventual shot and Mannone saved easily.
Tendayi Darikwa was unlucky not to haul Forest level after 55 minutes, when he first cracked Lolley's pass against the crossbar and seconds later saw another effort blocked by the despairing dive of Richards.
Forest were laying siege to the visitors' goal, with Tobias Figueiredo the next to go close, heading Tomlin's corner narrowly wide.
It was not all one-way traffic, though, as Liam Moore nodded Kelly's free-kick wide, before Bacuna raced clear only to shoot tamely straight at Pantilimon.
Forest, though, finally rediscovered their goalscoring touch five minutes from time with Tomlin, the architect of much of their best moves of the night, drilling home from 15 yards to secure a welcome point for Aitor Karanka's men.

English League Championship Standings

1 Leeds United 22 +18 45
2 Norwich City 22 +14 44
3 West Bromwich Albion 22 +15 39
4 Sheffield United 22 +9 37
5 Derby County 21 +7 37
6 Middlesbrough 22 +8 36
7 Nottingham Forest 21 +10 34
8 Aston Villa 22 +9 33
9 Swansea City 22 +3 32
10 Birmingham City 22 +5 31
11 Stoke City 22 +2 31
12 Blackburn Rovers 22 -4 31
13 Queens Park Rangers 22 -5 31
14 Bristol City 22 +1 30
15 Preston North End 22 -2 28
16 Wigan Athletic 22 -7 25
17 Hull City 22 -7 24
18 Sheffield Wednesday 22 -12 24
19 Brentford 22 -1 22
20 Rotherham United 22 -11 22
21 Reading 22 -8 19
22 Millwall 22 -10 19
23 Bolton Wanderers 22 -15 18
24 Ipswich Town 22 -19 14