Disappointment for both sides as Nottingham Forest, Burnley draw 1-1
Nottingham Forest came back from a goal down and were saved by the VAR when Burnley scored a would-be late winner
Callum Hudson-Odoi scored a sensational debut goal to rescue a point on his Nottingham Forest debut, but Burnley were perhaps unlucky to not come away with all three as the two sides drew 1-1 to close out matchweek 5 on Monday.
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Burnley broke the deadlock just before halftime, when USMNT-eligible winger Luca Koleosho blazed down the left flank and got to the end line before cutting a cross back inside the penalty area. Lyle Foster made poor contact on the initial shot as the ball bounded to the top of the penalty area, where Zeki Amdouni made the late-arriving run from midfield and hammered a left-footed finish past the USMNT’s no. 1, Matt Turner.
The Clarets led for 20 minutes, until Callum Hudson-Odoi announced himself to the City Ground faithful in simply stunning fashion. Taiwo Awoniyi held the ball up with a defender on his back inside the penalty area and laid it off to the former Chelsea man making his Nottingham Forest debut. Hudson-Odoi scooted the ball onto his right foot and unleashed a picturesque curler toward the far post. 30,000-plus fans held their breath as the ball pinged off the inside of the woodwork and bulged the back of the net.
The visitors thought they had reclaimed the lead in the 77th minute as Foster raced in behind and beat Turner to make it 2-1, until video review revealed a handball offense by Sander Berge during the build-up. Then, in stoppage time, video review was once again unkind to Burnley (and Foster specifically), as referee Rob Jones showed the South African striker a red card for an off-ball elbow delivered to the chest of Ryan Yates.
The Burnley Way, for better or for worse
Burnley began their Premier League return with an admittedly difficult run of fixtures, as they face Manchester City, Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur — four sides that finished in the top-eight last season and figure to be there or thereabouts against this year — and the results were, sadly, predictable: four goals scored, 12 goals conceded. Vincent Kompany’s side won promotion to the Premier League by playing some of the best possession football the EFL Championship has ever seen, but it became very clear, very quickly, that it wasn’t going to work in the top flight.
xG totals for Burnley’s first three opponents this season: 2.08, 2.70, 2.28.
On Monday, Forest racked up just 0.72 xG on 14 shots (4 on target), as Burnley’s midfield-three of Amdouni, Josh Brownhill and Josh Cullen were the standout performers for a side that held 54 percent of possession and so nearly came away with their first victory of the season. Instead, they settle for their first point, knowing there was more to be had.
Nottingham Forest vs Burnley, final score: 1-1
Goalscorers: Zeki Amdouni (41'), Callum Hudson-Odoi (61')
How to watch Nottingham Forest vs Burnley live, stream link, time
Kickoff: 2:45pm ET, Monday (Sept. 18)
TV channel: USA Network
Stream: Watch online on NBCSports.com
From our friends at FotMob.com…
Morgan Gibbs-White, Taiwo Awoniyi and Anthony Elanga will be the key men in attack for Forest and they are looking very dangerous on the counter.
Obviously Brennan Johnson’s departure leaves big hole in Forest’s attack but they have plenty of players, most likely the aforementioned trio, who can step up in his absence.
Matt Turner has been superb in goal, while Forest nearly have a full squad to choose from with Danilo almost back and the duo of Anthony Elanga and Serge Aurier nursing small issues.
Vincent Kompany has had several injury issues to deal with early in the season but things are starting to calm down a little bit.
Hjalmar Ekdal, Darko Churlinov and Michael Obafemi all remain out but Aaron Ramsey (concussion) and Vitinho (knee) should be fit to play some part and Anass Zaroury is back from suspension following his red card in the opening weekend defeat against Manchester City.
It will be intriguing to see if Kompany will tweak Burnley’s playing style and philosophy but it seems very unlikely.