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Fulham see off Forest comeback in five-goal thriller

Ross McCormack smashed a first-half hat-trick as Fulham sank Nottingham Forest 3-2 at Craven Cottage.

The Scottish striker took his goal tally for the season to 10 with three long-range strikes to crank the pressure back up on Forest boss Stuart Pearce.

Ross McCormack netted a first-half hat-trick. Credit: PA

The visitors threatened a comeback when Henri Lansbury scored either side of half-time, and would have dragged themselves level but for a glaring miss by top scorer Britt Assombalonga.

But Fulham held out for a victory which was a far cry from when the teams met at the City Ground in mid-September, with Forest top of the table and Fulham rock bottom.

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New facilities for Derbyshire Cricket Club

The City Council has approved a £2 million pound loan for work to start next winter.

A general view a Derbyshire County Cricket Club sign at the County Ground, Derbyshire Credit: Simon Cooper/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Derbyshire Cricket Club will get new facilities including a new media centre as part of its bid to host matches at the County ground in the 2017 Women's Cricket World Cup.

It is one of six venues chosen to host the tournament in two years' time.

FT: Fulham 3 - 2 Nottingham Forest

Nottingham Forest lost 3 - 2 to Fulham, as the visitors conceded three goals within the first 35 minutes in front of a delighted home crowd.

Forest fought back after watching Ross McCormack score a hat-trick for the London side, Henri Lansbury scoring a free kick on the stroke of half time.

Lansbury added a second goal after the break, but it wasn't enough for Forest.

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League One player sent off for walking too slowly

Notts County striker Kwame Thomas was sent off against Doncaster after receiving a second booking for walking off the pitch too slowly.

Referee Richard Clark produced the second yellow card as Thomas sauntered across the turf in anticipation of being replaced by Billy Daniels late on in the goalless draw.

Clark didn't seem to immediately realise that he had already cautioned the striker, but eventually sent him off.

Kwame Thomas will need to speed up. Credit: PA

After the game, County assistant manager Greg Abbott said: “I think, to be fair, in defence of the referee, if he’d have realised it was his second one he would have rushed over and ushered him off without doing the card.

“I’ve never seen a sending off like that. In hindsight, the referee maybe, so late in the game, would have thought twice if he’d have known it was his second.”

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