N Forest 2 – 2 Everton


Nottingham Forest twice came from behind to rescue what could prove to be a crucial Premier League point after a pulsating 2-2 draw with Everton.

Goals weren’t potentially on the agenda for many at the City Ground with both sides struggling to score in recent weeks, but a pulsating first half saw Demarai Gray give Everton the lead from the spot (10) after Dwight McNeil was fouled by Jonjo Shelvey before Brennan Johnson found an instant equaliser for Forest (19).

Abdoulaye Doucoure, who told Sky Sports this week that he was close to leaving Everton when Frank Lampard was manager, showed his importance to Sean Dyche’s side when he headed them back in front to score his first goal since September 2021.

With so much at stake for both sides, the second half began in feisty fashion with tackles flying in and numerous bookings being dished out, but in the end, it was Johnson who kept his composure as his fine finish sealed a share of the spoils and stretched Forest’s unbeaten run at the City Ground to nine matches.

The draw sees Everton stay in the relegation zone and they remain four points behind Forest, who stay 14th.

More to follow…

Keane: A huge point for Forest; Dyche will be disappointed

Sky Sports’ Roy Keane on Super Sunday:

“Without a doubt [it’s a better point for Nottingham Forest]. It’s a huge point for Forest.

“It will be disappointing for Everton, who when they were 2-1 up lacked the belief that they could get over the line and win the game.

“In the end, Forest deserved a point, but Sean Dyche will be disappointed his side gave up the lead.”

Player of the match – Brennan Johnson

Sky Sports’ Andy Hinchcliffe: “Brennan Johnson has really showcased his talents today. He can dribble, he can cross, he can score goals. His second goal today, with the composure and intelligence of his positioning, was outstanding.”

Sky Sports’ Graeme Souness on Johnson’s finish: “It’s a class finish. He knows exactly what he’s going to do with it. He doesn’t try to smash it and places it, blindsiding the goalkeeper as he plays it around the Everton defender. That’s the mark of a real cool finisher.”

Opta stats: Everton still winless away, Forest still unbeaten at home…

  • Everton are winless in their last nine Premier League games away from home (D3 L6), while no side in the top-flight have won fewer such games than the Toffees this season (1).
  • The Toffees are winless in their last nine Premier League games against promoted sides (D4 L5), the longest ever such run by an ever-present side in the competition.
  • Nottingham Forest are unbeaten in their last nine Premier League home games (W4 D5), with only Manchester United (11) on a longer current run. It’s their longest run without defeat at the City Ground in the top-flight since a run of 20 between February 1995 and January 1996.
  • Forest are unbeaten in their last three Premier League matches against Everton (W1 D2). However, this was the first time that they avoided defeat at home to the Toffees in their last three such league games (L2 before today).

What’s next?

Sunday 5th March 1:00pm

Nottingham Forest travel to Tottenham in the Premier League next Saturday at 3pm before hosting Newcastle on March 17 at 8pm, live on Sky Sports.

Up next for Everton is a Premier League home game against Brentford next Saturday at 3pm. Sean Dyche’s side then travel to Chelsea on March 18 at 5.30pm, live on Sky Sports.


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