Half-Time Report: Jamie Mackie fires Nottingham Forest into slender lead

Nottingham Forest have a 1-0 lead at half time in their match against Preston North End in the FA Cup.

Nottingham Forest are beating Preston North End in their FA Cup fourth-round replay match at Deepdale.

Preston looked to apply some early pressure, with Kevin Davies making a run out wide before crossing in for Neil Kilkenny, who was running towards goal. However, Dorus de Vries came off his line to claim the ball.

Lee Holmes (L) of Preston North End and Jamie Mackie (R) of Nottingham Forest challenge for the ball during the FA Cup Fourth Round Replay match on February 5, 2014

The home side continued to look stronger than their opponents in the opening 10 minutes, but Forest soon started to attack.

Lee Holmes searched for a teammate outside the box, but decided to take the shot and saw his effort go wide. However, Billy Davies's side were ahead just three minutes later.

Declan Rudd punched the ball away from a corner, but Jamie Mackie was waiting outside the box and drilled it into the net after exchanging passes with Matt Derbyshire.

Davies forced De Vries into a good save with a backheel as the home side looked for an equaliser before the break.

Holmes had a chance to power the ball in following Keith Keane's flick, but De Vries got out to parry it away.

Forest boss Billy Davies during the match against Watford on August 25, 2013
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