Forest Thump Ten Men Baggies

Nottingham Forest 4-0 West Bromwich Albion (EFL Championship) 18.04.22

Nottingham Forest took another large leap to securing playoff status this season after bouncing back from Good Friday defeat at fellow promotion rivals Luton Town to land a severe blow for the Baggies own slim hopes of making the Premier League eyeing cut.

It took seventeen minutes for Forest to take the lead and it was double whammy for Steve Bruce’s West Brom too after Darnell Furlong handled a James Garner effort inside the box. Furlong had already been booked just a few minutes earlier after fouling Philip Zinckernagel and his second caution by Referee David Webb also resulted in a spot kick. Brennan Johnson finishing off his sixteenth goal in all competitions this season low to the goalkeepers right.

Moments later Zinckernagel almost made it two after good work by Johnson with the Danish wingers effort eventually trickling wide but on 23, a corner swung away from goal by Garner was headed home powerfully by Ryan Yates who did double the scoreline in the home teams favour to the roars and jubilation of the bumper packed bank holiday City Ground crowd.

As the half filtered out into one sided agreement and some fans took the early exits for a celebratory Easter bovril or stronger, some might have missed just what happened to be the goal of the game. Jack Colback not known for his scoring, hitting through the ball on the volley in the wide left position on the stroke of half time, those that saw it will ask if he meant it, luck very much going the way of the Reds, after some fans at Luton on Friday perhaps suggested they didn’t get the rub of the green in defeat at Kenilworth Road.

No luck that Forest were three up at the interval though, the better team in full control.

That’s how it stayed into the later stages too, Yates looking for a second on the hour, driving over the bar from the edge of the area, Forest probing and passing as the ten men Baggies defended in numbers with damage limitation in mind.

With goals in the bag, the Reds brought on Steve Cook returning from injury and they gave a long awaited debut for Canadian International Richie Laryea who replaced Djed Spence. Late into injury time for all his endeavour, Sam Surridge then got in on the act with a fourth goal to wrap up a magnificent Monday for Steve Cooper and his team.

Whilst the win might come too late for the Reds to achieve top two status, with Bournemouth in second, seven points ahead of fifth placed Forest in the table, but with five matches left and a five point cushion on seventh outside the playoff places, the Reds are certainly in good company and in a great position at a pivotal stage of the season.

Nottingham Forest: Samba, Worrall, Figueiredo, McKenna (Cook 74), Spence (Laryea 79), Yates (Cafu 80), Garner, Colback, Zinckernagel, Johnson, Surridge.

West Bromwich Albion: Button, O’Shea, Bartley, Clarke, Furlong, Reach, Livermore, Mowatt (Molumby 54), Townsend, Carroll (Phillips 75), Ahearne-Grant (Gardner-Hickman 29).

Venue: City Ground

*Main image @NFFC the Forest players celebrate Jack Colback’s stunning goal.

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