Taiwo Awoniyi scores brace in a seven goal thriller as Nottingham Forest move out of relegation zone
In order to escape the relegation zone, Nottingham Forest achieved a crucial victory against Southampton.
The home team has been struggling to escape the relegation zone in recent weeks due to a poor run of form, but they were able to defeat Southampton 4-3 to pull themselves out of the relegation fight.
Nigerian forward Taiwo Awoniyi scored twice for Nottingham Forest in the first half, but Carlos Alcaraz answered before Morgan Gibbs-White restored their two-goal advantage. Lyanco’s goal in the second half gave Southampton hope of pulling even, but the home team responded with a goal from Danilo to restore their two-goal advantage.
Even though Jame Ward Prowse scored the third goal for the visitors in the dying seconds of extra time, they were unable to complete the necessary comeback.
How it happened .
Brennan Johnson, Morgan Gibbs White, Taiwo Awoniyi, and Steve Cooper’s team led the attack. Che Adams, the offensive captain for the Saints, led the attack while Paul Onuachu of Southampton was left on the sidelines.
Both teams came out firing in the opening minutes of the game, but it was the home team Nottingham Forest that scored the game’s opening goal in the 18th minute. Brennan Johnson made a precise cutback on the goal line and found Taiwo Awoniyi directly in front of the goal, and he buried the ball with ease.
When Nigerian striker Taiwo Awoniyi pounced on a loose ball inside the box and beat the keeper with a shot into the top of the net to score his second of the game, they quickly went up two goals.
Stuart Armstrong’s inside-the-box pass to Carlos Alcaraz, who was unmarked and scored Southampton’s goal in the 25th minute, allowed him to get one back. Morgan Gibbs-White made it 3-1 for the home team from the penalty spot as Forest did not hold back in doubling their advantage before halftime.
The second began, and Southampton responded by scoring early on in the 51st minute when Lyanco met the corner and showed off his eye for goal as he coolly planted a bullet header from close range into the middle of the net, making it 3-2.
In the 73rd minute, Danilo scored from inside the box to give the home team a two-goal advantage once more. Danilo displayed great resolve to get to the ball before a couple of defenders.
The 96th minute penalty kick by James Ward-Prowse made it 4-3 overall, but it was already too late for Southampton as they had already scored their third goal of the match.
Nottingham Forest is now two points ahead of Leicester City in 18th place in the league table and has moved out of the relegation zone.