Date: Friday 17th March 2023, 8.00pm
Live on Sky Sports
Venue: City Ground
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An absolute disaster for
Sven Botman as he attempted to deal with Jonjo Shelvey's long
punt down the Forest right. The defender casually played an easy ball back to Nick Pope
without looking and it was intercepted by Emmanuel Dennis.
was able to hold up the attacker but instead of putting in a
tackle, Botman ran past both to cover the line allowing Dennis
to cleverly chip the ball into the unguarded goal. Kieran
Trippier had got back on the line but the ball sailed over his
head. If there was a saving grace it's that Pope resisted the
temptation to flatten the goalscorer and pick up another red
A fast flowing move down
the Newcastle right saw Allan Saint-Maximin play the ball to Joe Willock
who took it on into the box and centred to the back post. The
cross was slightly behind Alexander Isak but the Swede extended his leg and guided the ball in
with his shin from six yards out via a post at the Trent End.
Half time: Forest 1 Magpies 1
90+3 mins: Joe
Willock's cross from the left
was headed at the near post by Isak and an inexplicable
handball by Moussa Niakhate left Paul Tierney an easy
decision to award a penalty.
Alexander Isak showed great composure to convert the spot kick; Kieran Trippier
having taken the ball and the flak from the Forest players during
a lengthy pause in play before belatedly passing it on to Isak. Genius.
1 Magpies 2
"A huge moment for us in
our season. I had a feeling after we had so many chances in the first half
that it would be one of those nights but the lads kept going and I
thought we deserved to win the game.
"For the majority of the game apart from a 10 or 15 minute spell
after they scored where we lost our way a bit I thought we were
ďConfidence is key for any attacking player. The penalty
was ice cool. It was a top, top performance. He
was a constant handful for Forest. His pace and trickery were
"Thereís so much
more that he is capable of giving. We knew we were signing a top,
top player, capable of doing amazing things. I thought he showed
that today. Heís got a huge part to play in our future."
his striker on the left before his equaliser:
"Alex can play there so that is a role that we see him playing in.
He versatile and has the tools to play in different positions.
"Saint-Maximin was struggling with a hamstring but still being
effective so decided to let him do less running and put Alex wide
for a spell.
"We had a number of really good chances. I think back to Willock's
early on in the game and I think Alex has hit the post and Longstaff
hit the bar.
"It's been a similar story in recent weeks when we haven't really
taken our chances but that's where I credit the players because
going 1-0 down is very difficult to come back and the players
deserve huge credit for that."
Anderson's disallowed goal:
"I haven't had a chance to watch it back. I couldn't believe it at
the time that the referee was going to the monitor for an offside.
I'd need to be sat down and explained the rules on that one.
Disappointed for Elliot because that was a massive moment in his
"I really like him, he is a technical player, can play in different
positions, wide left and inside. He can handle the ball and he is a
player for big moment as well.
"Actually breaking into the Premier League is incredibly
difficult to do. This is the hardest part of his Newcastle career.
Can he make the step up? He certainly did himself no harm tonight.Ē
On Fabian Schar's fitness situation:
"Fabianís been carrying
lots of different things in the last few weeks. Heís been carrying
a foot problem, and also had concussion, so I think itís just a
chance for him to rest his body (rather than link up with the
Swiss national team) Ė and go again.Ē
On Miguel Almiron's injury setback:
pulled a thigh muscle in training. Unfortunately, itís quite a bad
one. Itís going to be six weeks.Ē
On Callum Wilson:
"I didnít want to expose Callum today,
he hasnít done a lot of training, so I decided to go with Elliot
He repaid me, he did really well.Of
course itís about what we do and people are obsessed with
Europe, but for me itís about being the best we can be every
week and ultimately we will achieve what we deserve to achieve.
Itís about the small steps not the end goal. That will take
care of itself.
(Wilson) had a small bout of illness, and then just a
little bit of tightness, general tightness, no injury. But, with
Callum, I think we have to be very careful with him Ė and make
sure he's available for the rest of the season,
"Callum's a top professional and heís driven more than
anybody that I've ever worked with, so heíll see Alex
performing as he has done tonight, and he'll be delighted for
Alex and the team. But it'll only make his resolve even stronger
to fight for that place."
Ahead of the game, Howe was asked about the possibility of
Champions League football:
"Iím going to duck the question.
"I think hypothetically if we were in more
competitions, absolutely weíd need to boost the squad in terms
of depth, but of course quality, because thereís no point in
having depth if the quality is not there, so you need both.
"Your football clubís success depends on
recruitment. Itís that important. Who you bring into your
football club really dictates what happens afterwards. Iím not
involved in the structure of how we set up those departments.
Thatís other peopleís jobs, but Iíll certainly welcome any
changes that are positive for what we do.Ē
ďThereís a hole in the squad left by his departure. Heís a
big character, a big personality, with a lot of experience and
thatís certainly something we will need at some stage to
replace. Ideally we would not have lost that from the squad in
the first place, but these things happen.
"Our midfield is light, as Iíve said before, and
thereís a lot to be said for having Jonjoís experience,
general game management and know-how in your squad.Ē
Steve Cooper said:
"It is always the worst way to
lose in the last couple of minutes having fought in the game.
came up against a really good team and we knew it was going to be
like that. I am just disappointed with our decision around the goals
and the timing of the goals. It is injury time in the first half and
injury time at the end of the game. We need to look at ourselves
because we made some poor football decisions.
"I think it is a foul on Andre Ayew for the first goal. But I am not
going to moan too much about that. It was a strange performance from
the ref but we have to look at ourselves first. We made some poor
"The penalty decision is something that we can
only blame ourselves for. We have given three penalties away in the
last three games and all of them have been self-inflicted.
"I'm as disappointed with the first goal in terms of the timing of
it and the football decisions that we made, just see the half out
and get in. We needed to sort a few things out but things change.
is a tough one to take but we blame no one but ourselves. We haven't
covered ourselves in glory over the goals."
Newcastle defeated Forest
time in as many Premier League games, while they are unbeaten in all
ten PL meetings to date. Forest's most recent top-flight
success came at SJP in Division One back in October 1988.
on to 21 points from 13
matches on the road so far this season
- two more than
last season. A fifth away victory
meanwhile emulated our 2021/22
total. Unlike the previous four (at Fulham, Spurs, Southampton and
Leicester City), the Magpies weren't ahead at half time.
The two goals saw Newcastle match their away tally of 18
from the whole of last season. It's the first time since the
Leicester victory on Boxing Day that that they've netted more than once in
the PL away from Tyneside.
Newcastle secured a second PL double of the season following on
from six points against Fulham.
The Magpies came from behind to
win in the PL for the first time this season (although they did
manage to do so at Tranmere Rovers in the
Carabao Cup). The last time they did so in the PL was at home to
Leicester City in April 2022 (0-1 down to 2-1 up) and the most
recent instance of that was at Southampton in March 2022 (0-1
down to 2-1 up).
Alexander Isak now has six goals in ten PL
games (seven starts and three off the bench).
There was another successful outing for Newcastle's blue and
gold change strip, worn for away victories at Tranmere Rovers,
Fulham, Spurs, Southampton (twice) and now Nottingham Forest.
NUFC after 26 games - last six PL seasons:
points, 16th, gd -12
2018/19 25 points, 16th, gd -12
2019/20 31 points, 13th, gd -16
2020/21 26 points, 17th, gd -17
2021/22 28 points, 14th, gd -16
2022/23 47 points, 5th, gd +20
Forest v Magpies - PL era:
2022/23 won 2-1
2018/19 lost 1-3
2016/17 lost 1-2 Ritchie
2011/12 won 4-3 Lovenkrands 2, Coloccini,
2009/10 lost 0-1
2002/03 lost 1-3 Viana (FR)
1998/99 won 2-1 Shearer, Hamann
1996/97 drew 0-0
1995/96 lost 5-6 Ferdinand 2, Guinan, Barton,
1995/96 drew 1-1 Beardsley
1994/95 drew 0-0
Although a contractual obligation to sign a permanent contract
at Forest has been triggered, the status of Chris Wood as being
a loan signing meant that he was ineligible to feature against
his parent club. In the event, a hamstring problem meant that he
couldn't have taken part anyway.
from Alexander Isak in time added on at the end of each half brought
Newcastle a fabulous win at the City Ground on Friday evening; the
Swedish forward deemed sufficiently fit by his manager to complete a
What had looked like being another case of being robbed by an
at this venue was thankfully righted
from the spot when Isak kept his cool to tuck in the winner in front
of a jubilant away end - justice belatedly served for the events
here in December 2016.
The ringmaster that Friday night was Steve Martin - now inflicting
his ineptitude on the Football League - but taking centre stage this
time round was Paul Tierney. He inexplicably denied Elliot Anderson a perfectly good goal
in the 64th minute after checking the pitchside monitor to deem Sean Longstaff as
offside despite two Forest clearances not being considered as
It was tough on young Elliot, who deserved to cap a fine display with
a first senior strike for United. He had replaced the hamstrung
Allan Saint-Maximin at half time and having warmed the hands of
Keylor Navas with a fine volley, the 20 year-old headed in Isak's clever cross at the back
That prompting lavish scenes of celebration behind in the lower
tier of the Bridgford End before the belated realisation that all
wasn't well - the usual pantomime of checking the monitor simply
delaying the inevitable miscarriage of justice. Tierney at least
followed the evidence of his own eyes at the end of the game,
partially getting himself off the hook by awarding a penalty that
That last-gasp winner completed a comeback by Eddie Howe's side that
began in first half added time after Isak provided an equaliser to
cancel out a goal scored during what was almost the only attack
worthy of the name from the home side.
Quickly into their stride, Joe Willock had steered a presentable
early chance wide before Isak's shot on goal following a free kick
was deflected off his own crossbar by Renan Lodi. Then came the
Forest goal, inspired by old boy Jonjo Shelvey and facilitated by
current Mag, Sven Botman.
0-1 behind, the Magpies continued their assault on the home goal,
Sean Longstaff seeing his shot loop off Felipe and ping off the
Forest crossbar before Jacob Murphy's effort was charged down and
Longstaff again fired over.
As had been the case at Bournemouth though, United went in level at
the break after a break down the right flank ended with the ball in
the opposition net. Saint-Maximin and Willock combined well for the
latter to cross and Isak succeed via a post - a goal greeted with
momentary hesitation at the other end of the ground before the
scorer's celebration confirmed we had finally scored after the
woodwork had been struck.
Into the second half and chances continued to arrive for United
either side of Anderson's disallowed header, but this looked like
another game that would be memorable for missed opportunities - and
another match report accentuating the positives of being close, but
not close enough.
Even the most
optimistic follower couldn't have foreseen the finale though - our latest goal of the season scored in the most dramatic and
memorable of circumstances and prompting an outbreak of celebrations
of the "grabbing random bystanders" variety.
Three points took the Magpies within a point of Tottenham with a
game in hand and
three behind our next opponents, Manchester United. Spurs drew 3-3
at Southampton on Saturday to make that two points behind with two
games in hand.
Those squad members not on international duty headed
off for a warm weather training camp in Dubai ahead of the visit of
Erik ten Hag's side to Gallowgate on Sunday week. They do so on the
back of two deserved victories that have restored confidence after
the demoralising trio of defeats.
And while Eddie Howe will be able to welcome back Joelinton from
suspension against the Red Devils, top scorer Miguel Almiron won't feature and there are
doubts over Anthony Gordon, Saint-Maximin and Nick Pope - the
goalkeeper withdrawing from England duty 48 hours after this
Having lost the services of Isak as a result of his last
international call-up in September, the Magpies boss will doubtless take a keen
interest in events in Stockholm next weekend when Sweden play two
Euro qualifiers. In the continued absence of any threat from Callum
Wilson, the man wearing the number 14 shirt is integral to our hopes
of securing a top six finish for the first time since 2012.