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Blackburn 0-1 Nottingham Forest: New boss Chris Hughton claims last-gasp victory in first game in charge after Joe Lolley's speculative strike deflects off Bradley Johnson and into the net Hughton's first game in charge at Forest brought a dramatic win at Ewood Park Lolley’s speculative long ranger took a huge deflection off Johnson and crept in Forest had lost their first four games in the Championship this season

By Richard Gibson For The Mail On Sunday

Published: 17:37 BST, 17 October 2020 | Updated: 17:37 BST, 17 October 2020

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A change of manager and a change of fortune for Nottingham Forest.

Chris Hughton was able to celebrate his first match in charge with a win after Joe Lolley’s speculative long ranger took a huge deflection off Bradley Johnson and crept inside a post as the clock ticked onto 90 minutes at a dank Ewood Park.

Seconds earlier, it appeared as though the 61-year-old was to be denied such a happy ending to his first return to the dugout since being sacked by Premier League Brighton 17 months ago when Sammy Ameobi’s toe-poke took a nick that re-directed the ball onto an upright.

Joe Lolley's injury-time strike earned a dramatic victory over Blackburn Rovers on Saturday

Joe Lolley's injury-time strike earned a dramatic victory over Blackburn Rovers on Saturday

MATCH FACTS

Blackburn: Kaminski, Nyambe, Ayala, Lenihan,Bell, Buckley (Chapman 68), Johnson, Evans, Dolan (Gallagher 53), Armstrong, Brereton (Brennan 81).

Subs Not Used: Stergiakis, Davenport, Carter, Wharton.

Booked: Johnson, Gallagher.

Nottm Forest: Samba, Christie, Tobias Figueiredo, McKenna, Ioannou,Yates, Colback (Arter 50),Lolley (Sow 90),Freeman, Ameobi, Grabban (Taylor 74).

Subs Not Used: Mbe Soh, Smith, Jenkinson, Mighten.

Booked: Tobias Figueiredo.

Goal: Lolley 90.

Ref: Jarred Gillett (Australia)

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At the final whistle, though, there were handshakes all round from Hughton, the man tasked with turning around a team that had gone 11 competitive matches without victory under Sabri Lamouchi - a period in which they relinquished their place in the play-off places at the end of last season and plunged into the relegation zone at the start of this.

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