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.