Credit: Ritchie Sumpter

Nottingham Forest were upset 2-1 by Cardiff as they missed out on a chance to move into the playoff places.

Forest visited South Wales, having not lost in four league games, but they were upset as Jason Hugill scored five minutes into his debut to see the Bluebirds past Forest.

Cardiff earned what is only their third win on the season, putting a dent in the Reds playoff hopes in the process.

The South Wales side took the lead six minutes in, after Scott Mckenna’s pass was intercepted by Perry Ng, who with one pass had Hugill in front of goal putting the hosts up with a composed finish.

Substitute Isaak Davies doubled the advantage after turning in Joe Rawls long-range shot that came off the crossbar.

Forest had a consolation through Aston Villa loanne, Keinan Davies, who turned home their only shot on target in the game.

The visitors had majority of the possession but never looked like scoring and Cardiff will they feel that they deserved the win.

The loss denied Forest the chance to move into a play-off spot for the first time this season, they remain in eight but could’ve moved up to fifth.

The Reds took until the 54th minute to create a clear cut chance as James Garner’s cross was inches away from Brennan Johnson who did his best but could only watch the ball flash across.

Nottingham Forest boss Steve Cooper believes that his team cost themselves. Cooper told BBC Sport Wales: “It was a poor day, we only have ourselves to blame, we gave away two poor goals.

“In the end, for all the possession we had and areas we got into, we weren’t creative enough to threaten the goal, so we only have ourselves to blame in the loss and it’s disappointing.”

Next up Forest play Leicester City at home in the FA Cup 4th Round after knocking out Arsenal previously.