Gillingham 2 Nottingham Forest 1

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Last updated : 27 November 2004

John Gorman got off to a winning start as caretaker boss of Gillingham with two late goals, including a controversial penalty, sealing a 2-1 win over fellow strugglers Nottingham Forest.

The result means that they leap-frogged Forest in the Championship table and left Joe Kinnear's side still looking for their first away win of the season.

Forest looked in control from the start and played the better football of the two teams despite the poor state of pitch.

It was no surprise then whey the visitors took the lead through Welsh international Gareth Taylor who headed home Andy Reid's cross.

Reid dominated in midfield and his accurate passing and crossing were at the heart of all that Forest and he almost scored himself, but his stinging 25-yard drive was tipped over.

It was all too easy for Forest as they continued to slice Gillingham open at will and they could have scored a hatful by the break but for poor finishing.

Midway through the second half the home side hit a purple patch as Gorman introduced Mamady Sidibe and Tommy Johnson to the action.

As Gillingham continued to press their pressure finally told when referee Clive Penton awarded a controversial penalty with just 15 minutes left.

Matt Jarvis, only on the pitch for a minute, backheeled the ball on to Wes Morgan and Penton pointed to the spot. The decision drew furious protests from the entire Forest team and Kinnear at the final whistle.

Darius Henderson stepped up and sent Paul Gerrard the wrong way to score his third goal of the season.

Henderson narrowly missed out on his second when Gerrard palmed his shot on to the bar and his follow-up shot hit both posts before the keeper smothered the ball.

Johnson wrapped things up for the home side on 82 minutes when Gerrard couldn't hold onto his shot and he made no mistake with his second attempt.

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