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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Short Goal Gives Blues 1-0 Victory

LONDON -- Everton piled on the misery for Nottingham Forest at the City Ground, winning 1-0 for their first away victory of the season.


Craig Short was on hand after just five minutes to power in an inswinging corner from Andy Hinchcliffe past Forest keeper Mark Crossley.


Everton was by far the better side in driving rain as third-bottom Forest played like a team which knows it is in for a long hard winter.


Teenage striker Michael Branch could have made it two on 25 minutes after robbing Steve Chettle 20 yards out. But he fired into the side-netting rather than seeking out the better-placed Graham Stuart.


Forest briefly threatened on 32 minutes when Short was booked for tripping David Phillips. Phillips drove in the free kick but the unmarked Jason Lee sent his header wide of the far post.


Branch then set his sights again for the visitors, testing Crossley with a low drive from the edge of the box shortly before the break.


Forest came out fighting in the second period but could not break down a well-marshalled Everton defense.


Forest stiker Dean Saunders set up Ian Woan with a square pass across the box but Everton defender Earl Barrett blocked the shot.


Saunders then sent in a looping header, but veteran Welsh keeper Neville Southall tipped it over the bar.


With the rain making conditions ever more difficult, Crossley rescued Forest on the hour, diving to his right to parry Gary Speed's 25-yard drive as Everton looked to put the issue beyond doubt.


Afterwards, Everton manager Joe Royle said he was delighted with the commitment his side had shown, particularly as the three points had sent the Merseysiders soaring into eighth place in the premiership table.


""We're going the right way. It's a great three points," Royle noted.


Forest counterpart Frank Clark could only reflect on his side's poor showing as they slumped to their fifth defeat of the season.


The former European champions have not won a league match since the opening day and Clark admitted that "we've just got to start winning."


Asked about whether he had considered the dread consequences of relegation, Clark said candidly: "Everyone worries about it."