Soccer did its thing in the City Ground of Nottingham and what could have been a comfortable victory for the Forest before the Wolves of Lopetegui ended in a draw. The ineffectiveness of some ‘reds’ with a lot of power on the counterattack punished the team Cooperwho saw how Podence matched a duel of great intensity in which both teams showed arguments to take the three points.
It seemed like a hot duel due to the need for both teams to move away from the relegation zone and that’s how it was. Despite the fact that the Wolves settled the uncertainty and started as owners of possession, the most accurate were the ‘tricky trees’. One of the greatest dangers of the Forest, Brennan Johnsonwanted to notify the first change with a dry shot that José Sa was able to clear over the crossbar.
The locals claimed some hands of seed at 18′ the referee Kavanaugh considered non-punishable as they were attached to the body. Nottingham, based on counterattacks led by the tireless Gibbs-Whitebecame noticeable as the minutes went by and boosted the audience at the City Ground, which was filled with 29,368 spectators.
It was the two ‘Matheus’ of the Wolves who generated the first clear chance of danger for the visitors. Matheus Nunes He put a perfect thread for the Brazilian’s shot Cunha, who hit the ball on the crossbar. The nerves were on the surface and the intensity of both led to several interruptions. Lopetegui, who in the previous one had already shown his dissatisfaction with the referees, angrily protested to the referee about some yellow cards with which he did not agree. One of them was for Ruben Neves, who will serve a two-game ban for repeated accumulation. A sample of the arbitration forcefulness in England compared to other countries.
Brennan Johnson is on the way out
And at 38′, after several dangerous arrivals, it was when Cooper’s attacking trident appeared. The young man Danilo and Gibbs-White combined with a wall up front to open the ball up for Johnson. The forward did not get nervous and defined under the legs of the Wolves goalkeeper. 1-0 for Forest and the Welshman’s eighth goal in the Premier League this course.
The start of the second half continued to be rough. At five minutes there was a double fall in both areas. Gibbs-White went down with an overplay point, while Wolves claimed a penalty in a melee between Adama y Felipe after an overwhelming run by the Spaniard from his own field. After several minutes of suspense, Kavanaugh judged that the action did not deserve to be punished.
At 62′ Dennis and Johnson again missed a double chance that would have helped Nottingham to end the match. Lopetegui had the intuition that this ruling would give his team a chance and he took out Diego Costa and to Galician Hugo Good to try to revolutionize the game and make sense of the visiting superiority with possession.
Nottingham were more than comfortable going on the counterattack, but every time they reached the opposite goal they couldn’t beat José Sá. Gibbs-White’s cavalcades ended on clear occasions for Danilo and Renan Lodiwho failed to extend the lead on the scoreboard.
Podence takes advantage of mistakes
And when you forgive, you pay for it. And deservedly or not, Wolves tied the game on a play that had a bit of luck. A shot of Peter Net from the front it bounced towards Podence and the Portuguese made it clear when he defined with a strong high shot, unstoppable for Keylor Navas.
In addition, Podence wanted to be the protagonist of the match to the point that he could be sent off minutes later for spitting on Johnson, although the WAS he could not explicitly appreciate the action. This controversy cooled the match until the addition and ended up demoralizing some ‘tricky trees’ that failed too much.
The tie did not satisfy anyone, although Forest was less so after generating more chances than their rival throughout the match. In the end, Lopetegui and his ‘wolves’ took justice on his part after the possible penalty not called on Adama and achieved a draw that puts both teams a little further away from relegation.
1 – Nottingham Forest: Blood; Williams, Philip, Niakhat, Toffolo (Lodi, 61′); Freuler, Mangala (Kouyaté, 86′), Danilo (Awoniyi, 86′); Gibbs-White, Dennis (Worrall, 67′) Johnson.
1 – Wolves: Jose Sa; Semedo, Dawson (Well, 65′), Kilman, Toti; Ruben Neves, Lemina (Sarabia, 46′), Moutinho (Podence, 46′); Adama (Diego Costa, 65′), Matheus Nunes and Matheus Cunha (Pedro Neto, 81′).
goals: 1-0 Johnson (38′), 1-1 Podence (83′).
Referee: Chris Kavanaugh. He showed yellows to Freuler, Johnson and Toffolo for Forest, while he also booked Neves, Moutinho, Semedo, Sarabia and Toti for Wolves.
incidences: 29,368 spectators at the City Ground in Nottingham.
see match sheet