13/11/2004 Burnley
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Forest old-boy Robbie Blake came back to haunt them today when he scored the only goal of the game, meaning Forest still remain winless on their travels.

While the win puts Burnley in the mid-table safety zone it still leaves Forest five points from safety.

Itís beyond doubt that Forestís away form hasnít been good this season, but the arrival of Mick Harford last Monday and the excellent performance against Fulham in the Carling Cup meant expectation was high; surely we had turned the corner now.

Nope, it wasnít to be.

The Reds started brightly enough With Marlon King having a header saved and Ross Gardner volleying over in the opening four minutes, but then, as in so many games this season, disaster struck, this time in the form of Forest old-boy Robbie Blake.

Blake got on the end of Lee Rocheís cross and drilled it home to give the home side the lead and, as it turned out, the only goal of the game.

Despite their bright start Forest heads dropped and from this point on they were playing catch up, always second best to the injury ravaged Burnley side.

Andy Reid, as usual, was the hub of Forestís attacking work, but the side lacked ideas and confidence in front of goal.

They had one real chance to grab the equaliser during the second half when Gareth Taylor put his header wide from four yards out; it would have been easier to score.

Christmas is going to be a desperate time for the Reds as they start to play some of the real contenders for promotion, including Reading, Derby, QPR, West Ham, Leicester and Sunderland; all before the New Year.

As fans we are getting worried now, but after the Christmas holidays we should have a real fix on just how bad it is.
Forest Man-of-the-Match:


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No. Player Scored Cards
22  GERRARD       
28  PERCH  Substituted    
ROGERS  Substituted    
26  GARDNER       
EVANS  Substituted    
10  TAYLOR       
11  KING       
14  JESS  Substitute (On for 28 )    
24  ROBERTSON  Substitute (On for 3 )    
JOHNSON  Substitute (On for 8 )    


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