Nottm Forest 3 Sheff Utd 0

Sheffield gave up the chase in the second half of thegame and looked vulnerable at times.

Both teams tried to take advantage of the wet conditions and slippery surface with anumber of long range shots in the early stages.

Robert Page nearly saw red after 16 minutes when he brought down Forest's DavidJohnson, but referee Hill elected to merely show him the yellow card.

Midway through the first half Forest came close when Prutton flashed a low shot acrossthe face of Kenny's goal, and the keeper was happy to see it bounce off the advertisinghoarding.

Sheffield United's Carl Asaba nearly secured the first goal in the opening minutes of thesecond half after being put through by Michael Tonge, before Marlon Harewoodsquandered a chance on the break.

The deadlock was broken after 54 minutes when Jack Lester turned an in-swinging crossinto the back of the visitors net.

United heads dropped as Forest picked up the pace, going on to secure the points withgoals in the 61st and 63rd minute. First Lester doubled his tally when he broke free from his marker and unleashed apowerful shot from 20 yards out.

Then Marlon Harewood received a square ball from David Johnson an tapped the ball infrom close range, giving Neil Warnock's men some food for thought