Joe Lolley scored a hat trick as Nottingham Forest ran away with the match at the City Ground, scoring 3 goals in the final 10 minutes before halftime. Birmingham’s Gary Gardner chipped in a consolation goal at 65 minutes.
Despite the lopsided scoreline, Birmingham managed 7 shots on target and were able to move freely into attack on too many occasions for the Forest manager’s liking. “Our defending is still a bit janky, but I’ll take the criticism for that. We have the personnel and will figure it out.”
The long day for Birmingham began at 35 minutes when Lewis Grabban spun behind a flat-footed Michael Morrison to take a one-time pass from Ryan Yates over the top of the defense.
Nottingham Forest jumped out to an early lead with a Joe Lolley goal in the 19th minute but in the end succumbed to Norwich City’s raking attacks in a 2-1 loss at Carrow Road. Forest is winless in its first three matches in the Championship under its new manager.
Forest played Ben Watson as a defensive midfielder in an anticipation of Norwich’s attack, forgoing their usual 4-2-3-1 formation. Nevertheless, the Canaries still managed to assault the Forest goal at will with 19 shots, 8 on target.
Next up for Forest is Birmingham City home at the City Ground.
“The fixture computer wasn’t kind to us early in the season, but that’s no excuse. We need to start winning matches.”
Diogo Gonçalves continued Forest’s early-season habit of scoring late goals in critical situations as Forest struggled to a win in the first round of the EFL Cup at the City Ground. The sub found space against a tiring defense in the Sunderland box and volleyed home a cross from Tendayi Darikwa.
Lynden Gooch nearly equalized in the waning minutes when his shot hit the inside of the far post, but Sunderland were unable to score.
Gonçalves, 20, is on loan from Benfica in Liga NOS. The forward has hit the ground running in the young season with 2 goals in 2 matches in all competitions.
Forest rotated its squad to deal with fixture congestion. In the league, the club continues to face promotion candidates with a match at Norwich City in 3 days.
Nottingham Forest thought they had grabbed another late equalizer to earn a point against Aston Villa at the City Ground, but Tammy Abraham had other plans, scoring in added time to give Villa a 2-3 win.
Lewis Grabban scored in the 22-second minute when he ran on to a loose ball and beat an out of position Lovre Kalinic. Abraham scored a penalty shortly after the restart of the match in the second half. Conor Hourihane curled a free kick just inside the post to put Villa up 1-2. Diogo Gonçalves added some set piece magic of his own with a spot kick goal at 77 minutes to even the match.
However, Abraham lost his marker on the far post to receive a long pass from Birkir Bjarnason at 90+1 minutes and knocked in the winner.
“You can’t let a player of Bjarnason’s quality stand inside your own half like that and pick out a pass. End of.”
Forest’s next match is at the City Ground against Sunderland in the first round of the EFL Cup.
Tom Ince scored early and Lewis Grabban scored late for a draw in the opening EFL Championship in the 2018-2019 season match for Middlesbrough and Nottm Forest at Riverside Stadium. Ince scored easily on a defensive lapse by the Forest backline; Grabban scored on a three-pass counter for the equalizer at 77 minutes.
Ince plagued the Forest defense all game and gave Ben Olson, who is still learning the left-back position after the injury to Jack Robinson, a torrid time. Sub Matty Cash took two points from the hosts with a scintillating long pass to a striding Grabban.
Nottingham Forest made their case for a strong early start to the EFL Championship season with a 5-0 thumping of Red Bull Salzburg at the City Ground. Joe Lolley scored a brace, while Michael Dawson, João Carvalho, and Léo Bonatini scored single goals.
Salzburg registered only 4 shots, 3 on goal, to Forest’s 15, 10 on target. Forest repeatedly used a high press to force giveaways from Salzburg, and held the possession advantage 61 to 39 percent.
Forest next play Morecambe in a testimonial match for goalkeeper Barry Roche. Roche has spent the last 11 years at Morecambe in EFL League Two. He also spent 6 years at Forest from 1999-2005.
Nottingham Forest’s Lewis Grabbon broke a 1-1 deadlock with a goal in the 60th minute at the City Ground, then provided a cushion with a second 8 minutes later to lift Forest over the prominent Liga NOS club.
Joe Lolley opened the scoring by rifling home a shot after a short clearance by Sporting’s Stefan Ristovski. Sporting new boy Raphinha thrilled the crowd when he volleyed home a shot just before halftime.