Championship side Forest knock out Newcastle in five-goal thriller

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Carabao Cup 2nd Round

Newcastle United 2-3 AET Nottingham Forest

Mitrovic 3 Aarons 45+1  Cummings 29,31 Walker 97

Two goals in two minutes from Jason Cummings and an extra time header from Tyler Walker was enough to send Nottingham Forest to the third round of the Carabao Cup at the expense of Premier League side Newcastle United. Aleksandar Mitrovic and Rolando Aarons contributed with goals for the hosts, Mitrovic taking the lead three minutes in before Rolando Aarons equalised for Rafael Benitez’s side on the brink of half time.

Newcastle United had a dream start to the game at St James’ Park with Aleksandar Mitrovic taking the lead just three minutes in. Rolando Aarons made a good run on the left-hand side before playing a good ball in towards the striker who sent the ball on its way into the top-right corner in what was his first shot of the game.

It wasn’t all doom and gloom for Nottingham Forest however, as four minutes later Ben Brereton found himself through on goal only for his effort to be stopped by keeper Karl Darlow on the edge of the box.

Newcastle almost doubled their lead in the ninth minute however. Nottingham Forest keeper Jordan Smith was off his line and Mohamed Diame tried his luck from long range, only for his shot to go just over.

Both defences looked relatively open, and as a result Nottingham Forest nearly came close through Jason Cummings fifteen minutes later. The forward however had his effort pushed away by Darlow.

Cummings managed to get Forest back into the game six minutes later, heading home from close range on the end of Kieran Dowell’s cross.

Two minutes later, Cummings got a second goal – taking the lead for the East Midlands side. He found himself one-on-one with Karl Darlow and managed to lob the former Forest keeper to find the net.

It was almost 3-1 to the visitors in the 33rd minute as Ben Osborn capitalised on a defensive error only for his shot to go over the bar.

Nottingham Forest continued to dominate the rest of the first half, with Newcastle looking very uneasy at the back. Zach Clough got through the defence with ease in the 40th minute only for his shot to be blocked by the keeper and then Cummings’ shot was deflected over and out for a corner.

Despite Forest’s dominance, it was Newcastle who got the next goal of the game on the brink of half time. The impressive Rolando Aarons made a selfish-looking run, as Jacob Murphy was free on his right, but his selfishness paid off as he struck the ball in the top corner to beat Smith and equalise for Benitez’s side at the best possible time.

The hosts started the second half well too with winger Jacob Murphy looking very lively. He forced a good save from Smith, who punched away to the left and out for a corner, and then the former Norwich man cut through with ease five minutes later only for his shot to go over the bar.

Jason Cummings almost had his hat-trick for the visitors in the 60th minute cutting in from the right only for his shot to go over the bar.

Twenty minutes later Newcastle came close as Mitrovic took the ball off Worrall and laid the ball off to Murphy but he could only hit the ball wide.

In added time, Nottingham Forest had a free kick in a very threatening position. Cummings stepped up, and he narrowly missed out on his hat-trick by hitting the bar. With the scores still level after 90 minutes the game went to extra time.

Five minutes into extra time, Mitrovic found the ball in space but failed to take a shot shortly before Jacob Murphy’s shot was blocked on the follow up.

Nottingham Forest found themselves in front again in the 98th minute. Joe Worrall’s header around ten yards out on the end of a corner was met by the head of Tyler Walker at the far post on its way in to send the away fans wild.

The home side were therefore playing catch-up for the rest of the game. Mohamed Diame headed just over from a corner in the 99th minute before Henri Saivet’s volley went just wide four minutes later.

Diame came close again in the second-half of extra time, and he was especially frustrated when he headed just over from a corner in what turned out to be the last kick of the game – failing to send the game to penalties.

Nottingham Forest’s win means that they head to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea in the third round of the Carabao Cup (w/c 18 September).

Newcastle United: Darlow (c), Sterry (Lazaar 58), Hanley, Mbemba, Gamez, Murphy, Saivet, Barlaser (Hayden 70), Aarons (Ritchie 77), Diame, Mitrovic (Joseulu 105).

Booked: Hanley

Subs not used: Lascelles, Manquillo, Woodman.

Nottingham Forest: Smith, Lichaj, Mancienne (c), Worrall, Fox, Osborn, Clough, Bouchalakis (McKay 45), Brereton (Walker 77), Cummings (Murphy 97), Dowell (Hobbs 62).

Booked: Mancienne and Worrall.

Subs not used: Traore, Evtimov, Darikwa.

Attendance: 27,709



Preston and Forest share points in entertaining encounter

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Sky Bet Championship

Preston North End 1-1 Nottingham Forest

McGeady 52                  Assombalonga 22

Preston North End shared the points with Championship strugglers Nottingham Forest in an entertaining encounter at Deepdale today. Britt Assombalonga opened the scoring in the 22nd minute for the visitors with a sublime finish, whilst Aiden McGeady equalised early in the second half with a well composed finish.

The home side made a very good start to the game, with Paul Gallagher coming close within the first minute. The midfielder cut through the defence, and his powerful shot was tipped over by the keeper.

Five minutes later Simon Grayson’s side tested the Forest defence again, with Tom Barkhuizen hitting the away team on the break. He found himself with only the keeper to beat, but his shot went straight at the keeper. Just moments later, Barkhuizen’s fellow forward Jordan Hugill came close with a shot going just over the bar after cutting in from the left-hand side.

Daryl Horgan also came close for the home side in the 11th minute, but his shot was deflected and went out for a corner.

Nottingham Forest had their first chance of the game two minutes later, when Ben Osborn’s header on the end of a good ball went just over the bar.

The away side came close again in the 19th minute when Ben Brereton’s header was caught by Maxwell – who nearly went over his line with the ball. Forest then found themselves in front three minutes later through Britt Assombalonga. Former Bolton midfielder Zach Clough did much of the work for the goal, making a great run before playing a good through ball to Assombalonga who was able to slot the ball past Maxwell in the bottom-left corner.

The away side’s lead very nearly lasted just ten minutes. Forest’s keeper Jordan Smith managed to fumble the ball after it came in from the right-hand side, but luckily for him Eric Lichaj was able to make a last ditch clearance in order to prevent Aiden McGeady from getting his name on the scoresheet for the time being.

Just before half time, Nottingham Forest could have doubled their lead. Ben Brereton made a cracking run with the ball, finding himself one-on-one with Maxwell only for the keeper to save the shot with his legs. Warburton’s side deservedly led 1-0 at the break.

Preston made a swift start to the second half, making two half-time substitutions and changing their shape. The plan appeared to be working, as the side were looking more threatening going forward. Four minutes into the second half, Tom Barkhuizen had a powerful shot going just over the bar.

Three minutes later, the home side were back in the game. It was Aiden McGeady who got himself on the scoresheet for Simon Grayson’s side, latching on the end of a good ball and burying the ball past the keeper in the bottom left corner.

Nottingham Forest came close on two occasions shortly after the goal, with Zach Clough’s shot going wide in the 57th minute and Ben Osborn’s powerful shot going just wide of the goal five minutes later.

Callum Robinson had a chance for Preston in the 70th minute, cutting in from the left hand side only for his shot to go straight at the keeper. Two minutes later, PNE came close to scoring again. Centre-back Paul Huntington forced Smith into a great save to his right with a powerful header on the end of a great cross from Paul Gallagher.

Little was to come after this, and the game could’ve gone either way. Forest had one last chance at the end of the game to get a winner, but the free kick went well over the bar.

Following the draw, Preston sit in 8th and face Bristol City at home on Tuesday night whilst Forest are in 20th place just two points above the drop zone.

Preston North End: Maxwell 7, Clarke (c) 7, Boyle 5 (Baptiste 45), Huntington 6, Cunningham 6, Horgan 6 (Robinson 45), Gallagher 7 (Browne 84), Pearson 6, McGeady 8, Barkhuizen 6, Hugill 5.

Sub ratings: Robinson 7, Baptiste 6, Browne n/a

Booked: Boyle, Pearson, Robinson

Subs not used: Lindegaard, Beckford, Spurr, May.

Nottingham Forest: Smith 7, Lichaj 7, Worrall 7, Fox 6, Pinillos 6, Vaughan 7, Clough 8 (Cash 73), Cohen 7, Osborn 7, Brereton 8 (Ward 62), Assombalonga 7 (Vellios 73).

Sub ratings: Ward 7, Vellios 6, Cash 5

Booked: Lichaj, Fox, Pinillos.

Subs not used: Mancienne, Tshibola, Carayol, Evtimov (GK).

Attendance: 12,459