avril 23, 2024

N Forest 3 – 1 Fulham

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Morgan Gibbs-White inspired Nottingham Forest to a 3-1 home win over Fulham to partly ease Nuno Espirito Santo’s side’s Premier League relegation fears.

The home side made a dream start, racing into a 2-0 lead after just 19 minutes thanks to goals from Callum Hudson-Odoi and Chris Wood, before Gibbs-White added a third in first-half injury time.

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Morgan Gibbs-White celebrates scoring Nottingham Forest’s third goal

However, Tosin headed a goal back for Fulham at the start of the second period as Forest nerves began to jangle, only for the hosts to hold on to record just a second league win in their 11 matches to move three points clear of Luton Town in 18th, while the visitors stay 12th in the table.

Player ratings

Nottm Forest: Sels (7), Williams (8), Omobamidele (7), Murillo (8), Aina (7), Yates (8), Danilo (7), Elanga (7), Gibbs-White (9), Hudson-Odoi (8), Wood (8)

Subs used: Toffolo (6), Dominguez (6), Reyna (6), Origi (7)

Fulham: Leno (6), Tete (7), Adarabioyo (7), Bassey (6), Robinson (7), Joao Palhinha (6), Lukic (6), Wilson (6), Andreas Pereira (7), Iwobi (6), Rodrigo Muniz (6)

Subs used: Reed (6), Cairney (6), Traore (7), Ream, De Cordova-Reid (6), Willian (7)

Player of the match: Morgan Gibbs-White

How Forest got back to winning ways to boost survival hopes

Nuno’s side arrived at the City Ground having won just once on their previous 10 league outings – victory over West Ham United at home in mid February – a poor run that coupled with their four-point deduction for breaching the league’s Profitability and Sustainability Rules (PSR) had left them just a place above the drop zone and in desperate need of all three points.

Chris Wood celebrates scoring his team's second goal with Morgan Gibbs-White
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Chris Wood celebrates scoring his team’s second goal with Morgan Gibbs-White

However, not even the Portuguese could have envisioned the start his team made to the contest as they took a ninth-minute lead after some wonderful play by Gibbs-White in the middle of the park as the playmaker did a Cruyff turn, before sending Hudson-Odoi free with a lovely pass.

The forward still had work to do, though, to score, only to chop back inside and find the far corner of the net with a neat finish for his fifth league goal of the campaign.

Team news

Forest made three changes to the team that were held 1-1 at home by Crystal Palace on Saturday, with Andrew Omobamidele, Danilo and Anthony Elanga all given the nod to start.

That meant both Ibrahim Sangare and Divock Origi had to settle for places in the bench, while Felipe did not even make the matchday squad and Willy Boly failed his late fitness test and so also missed out.

As for Fulham, the visitors made two alterations to the side that drew 3-3 at Sheffield United on Saturday, with manager Marco Silva recalling Harry Wilson and Kenny Tete to his starting lineup in place of the benched duo of Timothy Castagne and Willian.

One became two 10 minutes later as this time Wood tried his luck from distance, catching Fulham No 1 Bernd Leno out with his early shot with the German rooted to his line as the striker found the bottom left-hand corner to send the City Ground into raptures.

Fulham head coach Marco Silva responded by making a triple change just past the half-hour mark, only for Forest to strike next on the cusp of half-time as Danilo fed Gibbs-White in the box, with the player of the match doing the rest with a composed finish to cap off an eye-catching first 45 minutes.

Callum Hudson-Odoi celebrates after Nottingham Forest take an early lead
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Callum Hudson-Odoi celebrates after Nottingham Forest take an early lead

The visitors had produced a stunning fightback to draw 3-3 at Sheffield United on Saturday and when Tosin rose highest to head in Andreas Pereira’s left-wing corner four minutes into the second half, the game turned on its head.

However, despite a second-half onslaught, Forest held firm to avenge their 5-0 loss at Fulham in December and register a vital win that moves them three points clear of the drop zone, for now at least.

Forest’s record-equalling first-half display – Opta stats

  • Nottingham Forest’s 3-0 lead over Fulham at half-time was their joint-biggest in the Premier League, after leading Ipswich Town 4-1 in December 1994 and Leeds United 3-0 in March 1995.
  • Nottingham Forest are unbeaten in each of their last three league games (W1 D2), their longest run since three successive draws in October earlier this season.
  • Fulham have conceded at least three goals in successive Premier League games for the first time since March 2023, while they’ve won just one of their last 15 away league matches (D5 L9).
  • Fulham’s three substitutes in the 33rd minute is the second-earliest a side has made three substitutions in a Premier League game after Stoke made their third against Sunderland in the 30th minute in February 2009.

What’s next?

Nottingham Forest are back in Premier League action on Super Sunday, travelling to Tottenham live on Sky Sports; kick-off 6pm.

Fulham play next on Saturday, hosting Newcastle at Craven Cottage; kick-off 3pm.

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