HALF-TIME: Bristol City 0, Nottingham Forest 0
Restored to the starting line-up, Forest striker Dexter Blackstock certainly made his presence felt during the early stages, meeting a Billy Sharp cross with a flick that went straight to Robins keeper Tom Heaton and then having a shot charged down as the visitors began brightly.
City's first chance came from a free kick, which Steven Davies sent curling over the bar from 25 yards out.
His strike partner, Jon Stead, did rather better after being set-up by Liam Kelly moments later, turning his marker and unleashing a sweetly-struck left-foot drive that required Reds keeper Karl Darlow to make a fine one-handed save at full-stretch.
But it was Forest who came closest to breaking the deadlock midway through the first half. Dan Harding cut inside his marker and lofted a cross towards the far post where the unmarked Blackstock directed his free header against the top of the cross bar with the goal at his mercy.
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City responded instantly and Darlow was again called into action to push away a fierce drive from Stephen Pearson.
Davies tried his luck from another free kick 25 yards out, only for his curling effort to fly inches wide of the upright with Darlow struggling to make his ground.
The home side carved out their best opportunity seven minutes before the interval, Stead picking out Paul Anderson with a lofted cross towards the far post, But the former Forest man elected to square the ball to Davies instead of shooting and Danny Collins intervened to prevent a goal.