Late Goal Gives Forest Win

Nottingham Forest 2-1 Coventry City (EFL Championship) 04.11.20

A 96th minute penalty dispatched by Lyle Taylor gave Nottingham Forest a win against Coventry City last night, the Reds first three points at the City Ground since July when they beat Bristol City.

Manager Chris Hughton made changes to the side that were beaten by Middlesbrough at the weekend bringing back fans favourite Bruno Ribeiro at left back and replacing Ryan Yates with Samba Sow in midfield. The Reds went with an attacking quartet of Freeman, Lolley, Knockaert and Taylor as Ameobi and Guerrero missed out in what looked like a bold XI that pleased many a supporter ahead of kick off.

And Forest started brightly too, enjoying more possession and more attacking threat in a first half where they took the lead for only the second time this season. A long free kick into the box on the half hour left players scrambling for the ball with a kind deflection off Lyle Taylor’s attempt falling to Scott McKenna who volleyed home his first goal for the club from less than 12 yards.

The Reds looking good value went into the break having played some of their best football of the season without troubling the opposition goalkeeper too often other than the goal.

Coventry fought back in the second half and hit a post before right wing back McCallum crossed in for Callum O’Hare who headed home superbly as the Reds defenders failed to track his run on 57 minutes. And as Forest struggled to get into any sort of rhythm it was the away side who looked more like scoring a second, Brice Samba called into action as Sheaf poked towards goal following a mazy dribble before denying Biamou with a diving header.

As time ran down and social supporters on the threads of Facebook and Twitter became agitated following another underwhelming second half performance and result a mis-placed pass by McCallum in the final minute of injury time found Lolley who sent Taylor through and as the striker raced down on goal he was shoved by McFadzean inside the box with the Referee instantly blowing for a penalty that gave Forest a lifeline to achieve three points.

Taylor sent the goalkeeper the wrong way with his second of the season, a cool finish under pressure after picking himself up to dispatch the winner.

After the game Manager Chris Hughton stated “It was very much a game of two halves. I thought we were good in the first half and my biggest disappointment, and that probably goes back to where we are in this moment, is that we had a lot of the ball in the final third but didn’t make the most of the possession that we had.”

“We didn’t create enough shots at goal, really good opportunities or crosses for the possession that we had.”

“I didn’t think we started the second half well which surprised me and we are up against a very well drilled Coventry side that have been together for some time.

“But it is a good feeling to get that win and we just have to take that onto the next game.”

Next up for Forest is Wycombe Wanderers who also won last night, newly promoted Wycombe in their first ever season at this level are 22nd two places and two points below Forest so Saturday at the City Ground is another chance for the Reds to pull further away from the drop zone.

Nottingham Forest: Samba, Christie, Figueiredo, McKenna, Ribeiro, Colback, Sow (Yates 68), Freeman (Ameobi 68), Lolley, Knockaert (Guerrero 79), Taylor.

Coventry City: Marosi. Rose, McFadzean, Ostigard, McCallum, Hamer, Sheaf, Giles (Da Costa 90), O’Hare, Godden (Walker 56), Biamou.

Venue: City Ground

*Main image @NFFC striker Lyle Taylor keeps his cool from the penalty spot.

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