Emmanuel Dennis strike not enough as Forest fall to late defeat

PREMIER LEAGUE Emmanuel Dennis strike not enough as Forest fall to late defeat

Ifeanyi Ufomadu 23:06 - 17.03.2023
Emmanuel Dennis scored a brilliant first-half goal for Nottingham Forest but Alexander Isak's brace meant Newcastle left City Ground with a vital three points.

Newcastle United continued their push for a top-four finish after they came from behind to beat Nottingham Forest 2-1 thanks to a brace from Alexander Isak

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How it happened

Newcastle dominated possession in the early stages, forcing the forest players back and trying hard to find an opening. 

Eddie Howe's men created several chances, the first of those, falling to Joe Willock, who skied an effort from just a few yards out after some neat build-up play from Jacob Murphy.

Kieran Trippier then picked out Alexander Isak from a set-piece, and the Swedish striker’s shot deflected off three Forest players before coming back off the crossbar.

Despite total dominance from the away side, it was Forest who took the lead.

A long ball up the pitch was poorly dealt with by Sven Botman, allowing Nigeria international, Emmanuel Dennis to pounce and show remarkable strength before producing an exquisite chip past Nick Pope.

Newcastle responded at the stroke of half-time when Willock picked out Isak in the box, and the Swedish striker unleashed a volley that went in off the post to send the magpies into the break on level terms.

Second half action

Elliott Anderson thought he had put Newcastle in front just after the hour mark in what would have been his first-ever goal for the club but after a lengthy VAR review, it was ruled out for an offside in the build-up.

Forest were buoyed by the decision and the momentum swung their way for the remainder of the match, but the home side failed to capitalise. 

They were made to pay after Moussa Niakhate handled the ball in the box, resulting in a stoppage-time penalty for the away side.

Isak winner at the death

Isak stepped up and slotted the spot kick away, and sealed a vital three points in Newcastle's pursuit for the top-four.

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