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Season 2023-24
Nottingham Forest (a) Premier League

 


Date:
Saturday 10th February 2024, 5.30pm
Live on Sky Sports

Venue:
City Ground

Conditions: Careless

Programme: £3.50

 

Nottingham Forest

Newcastle

 

2 - 3


 

Teams

Goals

10 mins Kieran Trippier's corner from the left was pushed behind for another corner on the other side. Miggy Almiron surprisingly took that one, quickly passing it along the ground to Trippier. 

He flighted a perfect cross to the far post, where Bruno Guimaraes took the ball on the volley and directed it back across goal into the opposite corner. A thing of beauty and a virtual rerun of Bruno's opener at home to Brentford two years ago, except that one saw him head home rather than volley.

A nod also to Lewis Miley, who stood up to Nuno Tavares on the six yard line in front of goal as the corner was taken, allowing Bruno vital space - what the Chronicle used to call unseen work. 1-0

26 mins A loose pass from Almiron was played to Morgan Gibbs-White midway inside the Forest half and he slotted it forward to Anthony Elanga in between Sven Botman and Dan Burn. The forward outpaced Burn but Botman was closing in on him when Martin Dubravka charged out of his box and Elanga slotted the ball through the 'keeper's legs into the unguarded goal. 1-1

43 mins A free-kick on the halfway line towards the United right was played forward by Trippier and bounced into the box before Botman nodded it into the path of Fabian Schar, who stroked the ball on the half-volley into the corner leaving Matz Sels helpless. 2-1

45+6 mins With the indicated five minutes of added time already up, United elected to play a goal kick around the back line to the injured Schar and the ball was then lost in midfield. Tavares found Callum Hudson-Odoi down the left and exchanged passes with Nicolas Dominguez before shooting from the edge of the box. 

In trying to block the shot, Miley succeeded only in deflecting the ball inside Dubravka's near post, leaving the flat-footed 'keeper stranded. 2-2


Half time:
Forest 2 Newcastle 2

66 mins Harvey Barnes was crowded out down by the left corner flag by Neco Williams and Elanga but the latter played a weak pass that was intercepted by Bruno Guimaraes. The Brazilian took a touch and steadied himself before curling a shot from 20 yards beyond into the right hand corner of the net before celebrating in front of the away contingent in the Bridgford Stand. Magic! 3-2

Full time: Forest 2 Newcastle 3

We Said

 
Eddie Howe said:

"It was another really entertaining game. We came in level at half-time after playing well. We showed good spirit to win the game.

"Big win, great spirit. Especially in the second half. We played well in the first period. We dominated the ball and controlled the game but then came in at 2-2 which was disappointing. 

"Second half was different I thought we won the game based on our determination and unity and spirit.

"Having a couple of options from the bench was massive for us and we haven't had that for a few months. Hopefully everyone came through this one fit because that's going to be key for us.

"We're just trying to win every game we play. We're feeling more ourselves now after these couple of away wins.

"Jacob Murphy was unusable for us today, he didn't feel great in the warm-up. He had a tight calf.

"We are still getting challenges left, right and centre. But at this moment we are managing to come through those. Today was a massive result for us.

"It gives us a real big high off the back of last week where there were positives but it was a disappointing result. The players keep giving more and I could not be more proud of the players."

On Bruno:

"I think, like all players this season, heís had moments where heís been the difference-maker for us and there have been moments when games have been more difficult.

"Heís definitely targeted by teams now to stop him, and that is in part why we moved him and tried something different.

"Heís got real quality, but underneath it all he is a humble lovely person as well and those two things, the player and the person, makes him a special man for us. When we can get him the ball higher up the pitch he has undoubted quality.

"Itís a difficult challenge when Iíve only got three recognised midfielders. There were a couple of attacks where our midfield was too open and exposed our back four. The balance isnít 100% right in the team.Ē

On Callum Wilson:

"It's a slight concern for us after the game. His shoulder is fine but he looks like there is a problem with one of the muscles in his arm. We're hopeful it is not serious but at this moment we don't know."

On Anthony Gordon:

"
Yeah, he did a real shift for the team today. I didnít tell any lies pre-game he hadnít trained until the day that I did my press conference (Friday) when he did train and looked well.

"But still when you have a disjointed week itís not easy at this level, but I though he did very well and played very well in the first half."

Two-goal Bruno Guimaraes added:

"I would like to give them a hug
(the fans, after his second goal) but I remembered that I have nine yellow cards so I cannot have another so it was very special for me . The away support for us has been massive so  this was for them."

They Said

 

Nuno Espirito Santo:

"
Good performance, we did a lot of things good. Some things bad that really cost us. We didn't defend well the corner for the third goal but overall we played good. The boys fight and we had chances to make a difference.

"It's hard - I'm very polite in these situations. I don't like to interfere too much but when VAR have time to see and check it over and over again they don't see what I see. It happens, let's move on. 

"More important for me is to try and look how we play. We did well, we created a lot of situations. Controlling the game in the second half, playing good. We have to be focused and look at details.

"Final decision was good, we had one vs ones with the goalkeeper. We are finding the right space but we need to improve on the finishing.

"We've been working very hard, the boys are committed. It's about trying to convert results from spells of good football. And we have to improve defensively.

"I am not concerned about if we miss one chance or a one v one, because you are producing a lot. For sure, with the quality and the talent things will get better. 

"That is not a concern but we are worried and concerned and we have to address how easy we are conceding goals, it is disappointing.Ē

When pressed on the penalty:

"Yes, clearly we should have had a penalty. I saw it over and over again. For me, it is a clear penalty.

"I think Anthony Taylor maybe doesnít have a clear view of the incident because it is from behind. But when you have the chance to have VAR check it and see the replays, I think it is so obvious. That is why I donít understand the decision of not giving the penalty.

"I think it was a defining moment because we came from behind twice, which is very hard against a very good team. You then have a clear chance to be in front.

"We donít know what would have happened but it clearly changes the game. After all the effort of the boys and how well they were doing things, that was a decisive moment.

Stats


At the eighth time of asking Newcastle beat a side managed by Nuno Esprito Santo, after failing to do so in six games against Wolves (five draws and one loss) and one against Spurs (one defeat).

Bruno Guimaraes
hit his second and third goals of the season, adding to one at Sheffield United. This was his third brace as a Magpie, following two goal salvoes at SJP against Leicester City (April 2022) and Brentford (October 2022). The Brazilian has now netted 12 times in the PL, replicating the NUFC records of Ruel Fox, Kevin Nolan, Allan Saint-Maximin and Steven Taylor. 

Fabian Schar's 13th PL strike saw him become our most prolific defender in that competition, one ahead of Steven Taylor. The Swiss international goes level with Hatem Ben Arfa and Joe Willock in the club's all-time PL scoring chart.

Anthony Gordon
reached a half century of appearances in all competitions for United, 39 in the PL (26 starts and 13 sub) and the rest in FA Cup, League Cup and Champions League.

The Magpies have now won their last four away games in all competitions (3-0 mackems FAC, 2-0 Fulham FAC, 3-1 Aston Villa PL, 3-2 Nottingham Forest PL). The last recorded instance of that occurred in the 2016/17 Championship season (Rotherham United 1-0, Barnsley 2-0, Preston North End 2-1, Leeds United 2-0 - all in the Championship). 

No less than 90 goals have now been scored during United's 24 PL games (51 in our favour, 39 conceded) - the largest current aggregate total in the competition.

Kieran Trippier recorded his 10th PL assist of the season; according to the PL's own statistics he's the first Newcastle player to reach double figures since Laurent Robert in 2001/02 (he got 11). Trippier's 10 assists is the joint best in the PL this season, level with Ollie Watkins of Aston Villa.

His PL assist record as a Magpie is as follows:

2021/22 0 assists from 5 starts +1 sub
2022/23 7 assists from 38 starts
2023/24 10 assists from 22 starts
Total: 17 assists from 65 starts + 1 sub

Newcastle have scored 22 goals in their 12 PL away games to date. Excepting last season's final total of 32 from 19 games, that 22 is the largest amount they've registered during a top-flight campaign since hitting 27 in 2011/12. Their most prolific PL season was 2001/02, with 34 goals. 

NUFC after 24 PL games - last ten seasons:

2013/14 37 points, 8th GD +1
2014/15 31 points, 11th GD -6
2015/16 21 points, 18th GD -19
2017/18 23 points, 15th, GD -12
2018/19 24 points, 14th, GD -11
2019/20 30 points, 13th, GD -12
2020/21 25 points, 17th, GD -15
2021/22 22 points, 17th, GD -19
2022/23 41 points, 5th, GD +18
2023/24 36 points, 7th GD +12

Forest v Magpies - PL era:

2023/24 won 3-2 Guimaraes 2, Schar
2022/23
won 2-1 Isak 2
2018/19 lost 1-3 Rondon (LC)
2016/17 lost 1-2 Ritchie (Ch)
2011/12 won 4-3 Lovenkrands 2, Colo, Simpson (LC)
2009/10 lost 0-1 (Ch)
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, KK (FR)
1995/96 drew 1-1 Beardsley
1994/95 drew 0-0

With 14 PL games still remaining, United have already scored more goals than in 17 of their previous full 28 PL seasons.

PL goals scored by NUFC:

1993/94 82 goals in 42 games
2001/02 74 in 38
1996/97 73 in 38
2022/23 68 in 38
1994/95 67 in 42
1995/96 66 in 38
1999/00 63 in 38
2002/03 63 in 38
2010/11 56 in 38
2011/12 56 in 38
2003/04 52 in 38
2023/24 51 in 24
1998/99 48 in 38
2004/05 47 in 38
2005/06 47 in 38
2020/21 46 in 38
2007/08 45 in 38
2012/13 45 in 38
2021/22 44 in 38
2015/16 44 in 38
2000/01 44 in 38
2013/14 43 in 38
2018/19 42 in 38
2014/15 40 in 38
2008/09 40 in 38
2017/18 39 in 38
2019/20 38 in 38
2006/07 38 in 38
1997/98 35 in 38

 

Waffle


 

Following a chaotic 90 minutes in which they twice lost the lead in slipshod fashion, Newcastle held out to claim all three points at the City Ground on Saturday night.

Unbeaten on the banks of the Trent in five previous Premier League visits, United looked set to extend that sequence when Bruno Guimaraes volleyed past SJP old boy Matz Sels after 10 minutes, meeting Kieran Trippier's cross that followed Miggy Almiron's short corner from the right.

Winless in eight league and cup games in 2024 - although progressing on penalties in two FA Cup replays - Forest were without Chris Wood due to injury and looked unconvincing in attack. 

However they levelled when Anthony Elanga latched on to a simple through pass down the middle from Morgan Gibbs-White, outpacing the United defence and poking the ball beyond Martin Dubravka as he raced off his line and ended up hopelessly stranded outside his own box.

The visitors remained sloppy in possession but looked dangerous whenever Fabian Schar's diagonal pass found Anthony Gordon on the left; the number 10 a surprise participant after Eddie Howe revealed on Friday morning he hadn't trained since twisting his ankle. He trained later that day...

Schar then restored United's advantage when firing home his 13th Premier League goal for the club following another Trippier set piece that Sven Botman headed into his path; moving ahead of Steven Taylor to take the crown of our most prolific defender in that competition.

However, the Swiss international sustained a foot injury during another forward foray and played on despite visibly hobbling - only to be brainlessly saddled with possession deep in his own half, Forest gaining the ball and Hudson-Odoi's speculative shot bouncing off Lewis Miley to beat Dubravka.

2-2 at the break for the second Saturday running, half time brought no change of personnel before an offside flag and VAR vindication denied Taiwo Awoniyi after he thought his 50th minute shot had put the home side ahead for the first time in the game.

The same player was then denied a penalty after a route one attack from Forest, meeting a gigantic hoof from Sels and going down in the vicinity of Dubravka - the referee's failure to point to the spot correctly backed up by his remote colleague after a short interval.

Harvey Barnes replaced the anonymous Miggy Almiron (restored to the right) on the hour, Gordon switching wings from the left and Newcastle instantly looking more a threat.

The change paid dividends when a loose ball from Elanga was seized upon by Bruno, who picked his spot to double his haul in a game when he noticeably played further upfield in a revised formation that saw Miley lie deeper and Trippier move infield on occasion to back him up.  

The Brazilian was rightly and widely praised after the game but delighted and frustrated in equal measure; often in the same passage of play. The two game suspension that will kick in at some point promises to be a test of the manager's credentials in trying to create chances from open play. 

With Tino Livramento on to bolster the defence (but Burn retained and having an improved second half), the Magpies survived a few scares and Callum Wilson was frustrated on a couple of occasions as he tried to spearhead counter-attacks.

What became an additional seven minutes passed by without further goal incident however; meaning that United had won back to back PL away fixtures for the first time this season and claimed a quartet of consecutive away successes in all competitions.
 
Our 2024 stats; won four, lost two, drawn one. Goals for 19, goals against 14. Error-strewn but hugely enjoyable. Despite the frustrations of this season, we sit just five points adrift of what at times was an improbable sequence of results last time round.

The lower number of draws this season (three rather than 11) is one obvious factor, but sides with similar aspirations to us are taking points off each other and struggling for form. Financial pressures have altered the January transfer window markedly this time round - and not just for ourselves.

Back our own shortcomings and it's easy to point fingers at a defence that is so porous, but for all of our attacking endeavour in the middle of the field, an inability to tackle meaningfully affords any Tom, Dick or Anthony a free run at our back line.  

There's no evidence to believe that a clean sheet is within our grasp at present - certainly until Nick Pope returns - but this 2024 incarnation of the entertainers makes for compulsive viewing, if doing nothing for the health of their supporters.... 

Biffa