Stoke City 1-1 Nottingham Forest (EFL Championship) 29.12.20
Nottingham Forest returned back home to NG2, down river Trent and back east across the A50 with a hard earned point shared at playoff pushing Stoke City as the reds wearing a camouflage kit played the final half hour of the match struggling to see themselves (and their opponents) on a pitch covered in mist.
As thick fog set in the conditions at the Bet365 Stadium made visibility very tricky during the closing period of the contest but long before that, Forest had to come back from an early set back to rescue something to take back home to Nottingham as others in the division won around them.
A corner by Jordan Thompson went straight into the net on 18 minutes as Lewis Grabban missed what looked to be a routine header away and Brice Samba punched into his own net, Forest poor in a first half where the home side were value for their lead. Sam Vokes should have made it 2-0 heading straight at Samba the best of the home sides other opportunities.
As the mist rolled in from the Trent, the Reds, more at home in familiar conditions perhaps, did much better in the second half as Christie went close with a left footed drive before another set-play ended up with a goal as James Chester headed into his own net on 65 minutes and as conditions worsened for both teams late on to almost unplayable, Cafu (we think) should have won it as he was sent through on goal by a Stoke City player only to fluff his lines with just the keeper to beat.
The draw means that Forest are now four points above the drop zone in 21st place after rivals Derby won with Wycombe Wanderers and Sheffield Wednesday both also winning to reduce their deficit. Next up for Chris Hughton’s side is a trip to Deepdale where they’ll take on Preston North End on Saturday.
Stoke City: Bursik, Collins, Souttar, Chester, Smith, Thompson (Mikel 68), Powell (Ince 81), Allen (Clucas 61), McClean, Brown (Oakley-Boothe 82), Vokes.
Nottingham Forest: Samba, Christie, Figueiredo, Worrall, Ribeiro, Yates, Sow, Knockaert, Cafu, Ameobi (Lolley 64), Grabban (Taylor 76).
Venue: bet365 Stadium