Bournemouth 2-0 Nottingham Forest (EFL Championship) 24.11.20
It was a drab night down on the South Coast for Chris Hughton’s Reds this evening as they succumbed to a second successive 2-0 defeat – putting away chances is key for sure, and opponents seem to be doing that every game against the Midlands side – this time a brace from Junior Stanislas consigned the visitors to defeat.
Having rung the changes from Saturday’s late defeat away to Barnsley, Chris Hughton’s Reds made the worst possible start when on the South Coast at second placed Bournemouth,
With only leaders Norwich City above them in the EFL Championship table, Jason Tindall’s Cherries, who won 4-2 at home to Reading on Saturday having been two goals down at the break, have only lost once so far this season (away to Sheffield Wednesday earlier this month); Forest meanwhile having only won three, but the division is tight, and a run still possible.
However, just three minutes had elapsed when the Cherries led, Junior Stanislas getting on the end of a David Brooks through-ball to fire past Brice Samba in the visitors goal; this coming immediately after Harry Arter had sent a shot a high and wide at the other end, the midfielder having joined Forest in September from the South Coast side.
Forest would just about have the upper-hand in the opening quarter, the goal withstanding and if efforts could be turned into goals, they’d be flying, however, they don’t, and further attempts from Arter, Lyle Taylor, and Sammy Ameobi would all go begging; Arnaut Danjuma Groenveld and Lewis Cook with efforts for the hosts.
Immediately after Brooks had squandered a chance for the hosts, again Lewis Cook instrumental in the build-up, Forest attempt to spring the offside trap courtesy of a Jack Colback ball, Taylor though is adjudged to be too far ahead of the play.
In an attempt to finish the half as it had begun for the Cherries, Junior Stanislas saw a right footed shot saved in the centre of goal by Samba, the hosts going in with the solitary goal lead.
After a couple of quick-fire foul and free-kicks at the start of the second period, Stanislas would continue being Forest’s thorn with the first real attempt since the restart, again Brooks providing the assist, and the Cherries striker fires his effort wide of Samba’s goal.
Then, disaster struck for the visitors as Colback concedes a penalty on Dominic Solanke, and who should step up, Stanislas, striking home a right footed effort into Samba’s bottom corner for his, and the Cherries’ second of the evening on 51 minutes, giving the visitors the proverbial mountain to climb.
The Cherries number nine now proving to be a thorn in Forest’s side, he having the wind in his sails, first setting up Lewis Cook within minutes of burying the spot-kick, then having an effort himself from outside the area, assisted by Brooks, before Danjuma Groeneveld, has an effort – Forest hoping beyond hope the game doesn’t run away from them.
After Chris Hughton threw on Anthony Knockaert, in place of Joe Lolley, on the hour, Forest saw a pair of opportunities fall to Sammy Ameobi, the first of which was blocked and the second saved by Amir Begovic in the home goal, and an effort from Ryan Yates, searching fir a way back into the contest.
Ten minutes from time and referee Simon Hooper would brandish his first yellow, the recipient being late Cherries substitute, Dan Gosling, either side of attempts from Lyle Taylor and Sammy Ameobi, the latter caught by the offside trap – Stanislas though remains a constant threat, and insisting on having the final say.
The Cherries though held on as Forest register back-to-back 2-0 defeats on the road and remain 20th in the table, three points above the drop zone, ahead of Sunday lunchtime at home to Swansea City, who are in the play-offs themselves, a place Forest, and their fans, would love to be – but alas, they carry on….
Bournemouth: Begovic, Smith, Mepham, S. Cook, Kelly, Lerma (Rico, 79), L. Cook, Stanislas, Brooks (Gosling, 71), Solanke, Damjuma Groeneveld (Riquelme, 90).
Nottingham Forest: Samba, Christie, Figueiredo, McKenna, Bong, Ameobi, Yates, Colback, Arter (Guerrero, 76), Lolley (Knockaert, 61), Taylor.
Venue: Vitality Stadium
*Article provided by Peter Mann (Senior Correspondent).
*Main image @NFFC Sammy Ameobi in action as the Reds suffer back to back two goal defeats.