Nottingham Forest 0 Cardiff City 0

Last updated : 11 September 2004 By Footymad Previewer

David Johnson squandered two splendid opportunities to deny his Nottingham Forest their first win of the season in a goalless draw against spirited Cardiff City side at the City Ground.

Both sides failed to drag themselves out of the bottom three in the Coca-Cola Championship, with Johnson the villain for the home side after wasting two clear-cut chances in the second half, both from well inside the Bluebirds' penalty area.

Seven games into the campaign and Nottingham Forest are still searching for their first full three points from a competitive game, much to the disappointment of the City Ground faithful.

Despite being on the back foot for much of the second half Cardiff City, who saw their goalkeeper Tony Warner substituted in the early stages, went very close to grabbing the spoils after striker Alan Lee found himself with only Paul Gerrard to beat but a great last-ditch tackle by Wes Morgan saved the day for the home side.

Neither of the teams managed to impress the 21,000 crowd in the first half, with Kris Commons and King from the home side coming closer to opening the scoring.

Both Forest strikers Johnson and King failed to capitalise on chances late in the second half, with Johnson sending the ball into the stands from just two yards out after winning it from Cardiff substitute goalkeeper Martyn Margetson in the 73rd minute.

He was again unable to find the back of the net three minutes later from a low cross as his shot was blocked by Gabbidon and King blasted the rebound well over.

The result meant that Forest and City stay grounded at the bottom of the league with plenty to do before their next fixtures on Tuesday.