Nottingham Forest’s good run of form continued after a close 1-0 victory away at play-off rivals Brentford F.C.
The Reds goalscorer, Joe Lolley, proved to be the difference maker early in the first half. His deflected volley from the top of the box was enough to beat The Bees shot-stopper, David Raya.
The majority of the play was with the away side, who were unfortunate to not get a penalty halfway through the second half when Lewis Grabban was clumsily bundled to the floor by Ethan Pinnock – however, the referee saw nothing wrong with the challenge.
Forest goalkeeper, Brice Samba, only had to make a single save all game and that was a customary stop for the Congolese international.
The Bees will be frustrated as they rested the majority of their side in their FA Cup game at the weekend against Leicester City, to ensure they would be full strength for the clash with the Reds.
The win puts Forest in third place, only two points behind second place West Bromwich Albion, who lost on the road against Cardiff, 2-1.
A push for automatic promotion is becoming increasingly likely for the Reds, especially as the top two continue to drop points.
Next up, a local East Midlands derby – away at Birmingham City. The Blues are unbeaten in three games but currently reside in 18th place.
Sabri Lamouchi’s men will see the fixture as another chance to close the point gap between themselves and the automatic promotion places.