Nottingham Forest and Brentford managed to condense a complete match into 9 entertaining second-half minutes on the Metropolis Floor. For nearly an hour nothing occurred till Moussa Niakhaté was despatched off earlier than Christian Nørgaard and Nicolás Domínguez exchanged headers.
It was not one for the purists, with neither goalkeeper made to work significantly onerous to maintain the rating down. Forest will likely be happy that their new signings want to settle rapidly, whereas Brentford confirmed marked enchancment after the break to appease Thomas Frank as they ended a fifth match with out a win.
Steve Cooper left Morgan Gibbs-White out of the workforce, leaving the attacking emphasis to the tempo and ability of wingers Anthony Elanga and Callum Hudson-Odoi. The previous Manchester United man confirmed his risk after 60 seconds when he obtained the improper aspect of full-back Aaron Hickey, forcing him to tug him again in change for a reserving to go away the Brentford defender in a worrying place for the remaining 89 minutes.
Taiwo Awoniyi put the ball behind the web after poking dwelling a Willy Boly flick on at a nook. The assistant referee rapidly noticed the striker was offside and VAR didn’t disagree, even understanding what the unique determination was and the purpose was rightly disallowed however it was an indication of the hazard provided by Awoniyi contained in the field.
Forest had 21-year-old Murillo, though the kitman added an additional R to his shirt, making his debut at centre-back. The Brazilian appeared pleased with the ball at his ft and will learn harmful conditions completely, to present the impression of one other promising new arrival. In the meantime, Ibrahim Sangaré was displaying why Forest spent two summers convincing him to affix. In his first two appearances in opposition to Burnley and Manchester Metropolis he struggled however impressed together with his contact and was composed on the ball in the midst of the park.
The primary quarter of the match was dominated by Forest in opposition to a Brentford aspect devoid of confidence; the hosts appeared sharper, slick in possession and capable of finding area however the sport turned flat as neither aspect created an opportunity of observe till stoppage time when a well-orchestrated free-kick discovered Vitaly Janelt. His shot was deflected straight at Matt Turner, who nonetheless wanted to react rapidly, and the rebound ultimately trickled extensive. There was nonetheless time for a handball examine in opposition to Domínguez however the VAR officers didn’t determine to behave in opposition to the Forest midfielder.
Turner’s second half began in additional dramatic vogue. He first had a kick charged down however cleared on the second try, then took a poor first contact on a backpass, permitting Yoane Wissa to sort out him, leading to an agonising wait because the ball trickled in the direction of the road, just for Boly to brush up the goalkeeper’s mess. A minimum of the sport was turning right into a Premier League match after wanting like apre-season pleasant earlier than the break.
Brentford’s forwards had been inflicting issues, particularly Wissa, who obtained the higher of Niakhaté; the defender tried to get again at him however in an try and make amends he foolishly raked his studs down the again of Wissa’s leg, leading to a second yellow card.
Issues had been compounded when Mathias Jensen landed the ensuing free-kick on Nørgaard’s head on its approach into the underside nook, by way of the despairing palms of Turner. VAR took a surprisingly very long time to search for an offside, solely to ultimately realise all was wonderful.
Constant rain made for perfect conditions for headers and Forest soon had one of their own. The newly-introduced Harry Toffolo sent in a perfect cross for an unmarked Domínguez, who looped a header over Mark Flekken. The Dutch goalkeeper has failed to impress since replacing David Raya and further questions will be asked about his positioning and why he pulled his arm away at the last second.
Brentford almost used the 13 minutes of added time to their advantage. Michael Olakigbe cut in from the left and shot wide, only to see Murillo complete his fine debut with a goalline clearance and make sure the result was fair.