Super Eagles forward, Emmanuel Dennis scored on his first Premier League start in 2023 but his goal was not enough to prevent a Newcastle win.
Both teams were under pressure in the match as the home team fought to avoid relegation, while the away team aimed for a top-four position. Unfortunately, Newcastle’s leading scorer, Miguel Almirón, was unable to play due to an injury sustained during training.
At the start of the game, Newcastle dominated the pitch, and Forest initially played defensively. Despite Alexander Isak coming close to scoring, hitting the post, Emmanuel Dennis managed to surprise Nick Pope with a spectacular chip from a tight angle, and Nottingham Forest took the lead against the run of play.
Newcastle continued to threaten Forest’s goal, with Sean Longstaff’s curling effort hitting the crossbar, but Isak equalized for the visitors just before half-time, with a strike that hit off the post and went in. In the second half, Newcastle was denied by Forest’s goalkeeper, Keylor Navas, who made two excellent saves.
As the game progressed, both teams had chances to score, but Elliot Anderson’s goal was disallowed by VAR due to an offside call. Newcastle had a few late opportunities, but Forest’s defenders, Felipe and Serge Aurier, made some crucial stops. However, the game was ultimately decided in stoppage time, when Isak converted a penalty after a clear handball by Moussa Niakhaté, giving the away team a 2-1 victory.
The result was significant for Newcastle, as they moved up to fifth place, just behind Tottenham and three points behind Manchester United. Meanwhile, Nottingham Forest remained in 14th place.