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Result: Nottingham Forest suffer first defeat

Cardiff City score twice in the first half to end Nottingham Forest's unbeaten start to the Championship season.

Nottingham Forest's unbeaten start to the 2014-15 Championship season has come to an end following a 2-1 defeat to Cardiff City this afternoon.

Craig Noone had to clear a Chris Burke shot off the line early on as Forest had the better of the early chances, but the block launched a counter-attack for the hosts, resulting in Federico Macheda firing the ball into the bottom corner.

Cardiff needed just five minutes to double their lead after Peter Whittingham picked the ball up 25 yards out, and had enough time and space to blast in a second.

Adam Le Fondre tried to set up Macheda for another shortly before the break, but Michael Mancienne managed to clear the striker's cut-back to deny the goalscorer the shot.

Whittingham took a free kick for the home side shortly after the restart, leaving Sean Morrison with a header from just a few yards out, but Karl Darlow made the save for Stuart Pearce's side.

The visitors started to see more of the ball as the second half progressed, resulting in Britt Assombalonga finding the back of the net, but his four-match goal drought continued as the effort was ruled out for offside.

Forest had a string of corners with just over 10 minutes to go, but Michael Antonio's deliveries continued to miss his teammates.

The visitors continued to push and did manage to pull one back inside the final minutes as Assombalonga swept the ball in from an Antonio cross.

Marshall had to remain alert in stoppage time as Antonio tried to fire home an equaliser, but the Scottish international held on to secure the win for Cardiff.

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Peter Whittingham of Cardiff City scores their first goal from a penalty kick during the Barclays Premier League match between Cardiff City and Stoke City at Cardiff City Stadium on April 19, 2014
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