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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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Championship clubs Leeds, Blackburn and Nottingham Forest placed under transfer embargo

Leeds United have endured a complicated season. Credit: PA

The Football League have announced that three Championship clubs have been placed under a transfer embargo.

Leeds United, Blackburn Rovers and Nottingham Forest have all suffered the same punishment.

All three clubs will be prevented from signing players in the January transfer window after failing to meet the League's Financial Fair Play rules.