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Nottingham Forest v AFC Bournemouth Live Commentary, 9/3/22

FT
2 - 3
NFO
BOU
C. Kouyaté (33)
B. Johnson (45+2 pen)
P. Billing (51)
D. Solanke (63)
J. Anthony (87)
The City Ground

Commentary

That's all for today, goodbye!
Bournemouth are now unbeaten in their last five games against Forest and move into 13th place in the table for now, giving O'Neil a first win. They host Brighton and Hove Albion in their next game whereas Forest travel to Leeds United after this third successive defeat, which sees them enter the relegation zone.
After a slow start to the game, Nottingham Forest broke the deadlock when Kouyate powered home a header from Gibbs-White's cross. They then doubled their lead just before half-time when Johnson scored a penalty following a handball from Kelly. The second half was a completely different story as Bournemouth controlled every aspect. Billing got the comeback under way with a brilliant strike from almost 30 yards. Solanke then stunned the home crowd with a bicycle kick to equalise with half an hour to go. Substitute Anthony then scored with his first touch after a mistake from McKenna to give Bournemouth all three points.
90' + 5' FULL TIME: NOTTINGHAM FOREST 2-3 BOURNEMOUTH.
J. Stacey
D. Solanke
AFC Bournemouth
90' + 4' Stacey replaces Solanke late on to run down the clock for Bournemouth.
90' + 3' HUGE CHANCE! A very long ball is played into the box and Neto tries to catch it but he doesn't. Cook heads the ball to Awoniyi who tries to shoot on the swivel, but he shoots wide!
90' + 2' Mepham blocks a shot from Dennis in the box after McKenna heads the ball back in. Forest are really pushing here.
K. Moore
P. Billing
AFC Bournemouth
90' Moore comes on for Billing as Bournemouth have an outlet as they retreat towards their own box.
90' Five additional minutes will be played at the end of this half.
D. Solanke
Assist
AFC Bournemouth
87' Solanke does well to pressure McKenna into a mistake and he sees Anthony in the middle, wide open, and picks him out perfectly.
J. Anthony
Goal
AFC Bournemouth
87' GOALLL!!!!! 3-2 ANTHONY!!!! Bournemouth complete the comeback as Anthony scores into an open net following a mistake from McKenna.
E. Dennis
B. Johnson
Nottingham Forest
85' Dennis is brought on for Johnson as Forest look for a winner.
J. Anthony
R. Christie
AFC Bournemouth
85' Anthony replaces Christie for extra pace and energy on the wings.
84' Tavernier tries to find Lerma at the near post for a flick on but the Colombian cannot connect cleanly with the ball.
83' Bournemouth are being very patient in their build-up play. Billing, Lerma, and Tavernier combine down the left-wing to win a corner.
81' Forest are committing more numbers into the box but are not able to find the right pass or cross to create an attempt at goal.
79' The tempo of this game has slowly decreased throughout this match and is favouring Bournemouth. Forest's poor quality in the opposition half is not helping them.
J. Colback
C. Kouyaté
Nottingham Forest
76' Kouyate is substituted for Colback in midfield after a good display from the Senegalese man.
Renan Lodi
Yellow Card
Nottingham Forest
76' Lodi goes into the referee's book after a reckless challenge on Christie.
75' Awoniyi and Yates combine in the final third and play the ball to Williams to cross, but he can't find any team-mates in the box.
73' Forest are controlling more of the ball since the equaliser from Solanke. Both sides are being patient in their search for a winner.
71' Kouyate (6) has won the ball back more than any of his team-mates, with only Lerma (7) gaining possession more than him so far.
69' The immediate impact of Awoniyi is clear as his team progress up the pitch knowing there is a target to aim for in the box. Johnson finds him with a low cross but his effort is wide.
T. Awoniyi
J. Lingard
Nottingham Forest
67' Cooper replaces Lingard with Awoniyi as his side are desperate for a striker at the moment.
65' Forest put in their 12th cross from open play in the game but they still have no striker to aim at against the tall Bournemouth defenders.
L. Kelly
Assist
AFC Bournemouth
63' Kelly does really well to head the corner from Tavernier back towards Solanke, who scores a brilliant bicycle kick to equalise the game.
D. Solanke
Goal
AFC Bournemouth
63' GOAL!!!!!! 2-2 SOLANKE!!!!!! Kelly heads the ball back into the middle of the box from a corner, and Solanke scores with a bicycle kick! Unreal finish from the striker.
62' Both players are back onto the pitch after following protocols.
61' Gibbs-White and Christie are both on the floor holding their heads after colliding during an aerial challenge.
60' Cook drives past three players and plays the ball out to Christie who cuts inside to shoot, but his effort is blocked for a corner.
59' Bournemouth have controlled over 69 per cent of possession in the first 14 minutes of this second half.
57' The lack of a 'proper' striker is proving to cause an issue for Forest. There is no outlet or option to pass to when looking to progress forward.
55' Tavernier takes a corner and tries to find BIlling at the back post but it is scooped away by Lodi.
53' The home side are losing the ball needlessly and are not coping well since Billing's goal. They cannot control the ball once retrieving it.
L. Cook
Assist
AFC Bournemouth
51' Cook's pass gives Billing the time to set himself and connect perfectly with the ball to beat Henderson from distance.
P. Billing
Goal
AFC Bournemouth
51' GOALLLL!!!! 2-1 BILLING!!!! Billing unleashes an unbelievable strike to beat Henderson from almost 30 yards out. Game on!
50' Lerma tries to find Christie with a lofted pass but Lodi clears it with his head. Bournemouth are controlling the ball well to start this half.
48' Johnson drives down the left wing and sees Neto off his line, but his cheeky effort is saved by the goalkeeper.
47' Lingard has the opportunity to take a shot from long range but his effort is straight into the hands of Neto.
46' Solanke gets the second half under way!
R. Fredericks
J. Zemura
AFC Bournemouth
46' Fredericks replaces Zemura for the second half.
Both managers will look to get their frontline more involved in the opposition box. Solanke is yet to even have a shot in this game for Bournemouth whereas Forest are struggling to find an outlet and player to consistently trouble the opposition defence. Bournemouth are not out of this yet but will need a quick start to the second half.
The half started slowly with both sides struggling to find quality in the final third of the pitch, but the game exploded into life after Kouyate powered home from Gibbs-White's corner to give Nottingham Forest the lead. Bournemouth increased the pressure but the home side doubled the lead just before the break after Kelly's handball. Johnson waited a long time to take the penalty due to a VAR check before scoring past Neto.
45' + 6' Half-time: Nottingham Forest 2-0 Bournemouth
45' + 6' Tavernier sends in the corner but it is dealt with easily by Lingard.
45' + 5' Bournemouth win a corner just before the half-time break.
S. McKenna
Yellow Card
Nottingham Forest
45' + 4' McKenna makes a needless challenge near the halfway line and gets his name in the book. His manager won't be happy with that one.
B. Johnson
Penalty Goal
Nottingham Forest
45' + 2' GOAL!!!!!! 2-0 JOHNSON!!!! Johnson scores from the spot as he slots the ball into the left side of the goal and past Neto, who went the right way. Forest double their lead before half-time.
45' + 2' There will be five additional minutes.
Neto
Yellow Card
AFC Bournemouth
45' + 2' Neto receives a yellow card for complaining about the referee's decision to give a penalty.
45' + 1' Penalty decision stands! Johnson is preparing to take the spot kick.
45' Referee Michael Oliver is going over to the monitor to check the decision.
42' PENALTY! Williams takes a half volley from the edge of the box and it hits Kelly on the arm. The referee points to the spot straight away. VAR are checking however.
40' Cook drives in a low free-kick towards the near post but the Forest defenders were ready and they clear the ball away.
39' Worrall gives a free-kick away in a dangerous position for Bournemouth. It is a clumsy challenge on Billing.
38' Billing is back on the pitch after the physio treats his knee.
37' When scoring at least once, Nottingham Forest have only lost one of their last 33 league games (W24 D8), going down 2-1 against Cardiff in January. They’re unbeaten in their last 16 when scoring (W12 D4).
35' Billing is holding his knee after a collision with Kouyate. He is receiving treatment on the pitch.
M. Gibbs-White
Assist
Nottingham Forest
33' Gibbs-White has sent in a poor few crosses in this game but he finally gets one right from this corner and gives Kouyate a great chance to score.
C. Kouyaté
Goal
Nottingham Forest
33' GOALL!!!!!! 1-0 KOUYATE!!!!!! Forest take the lead with the first good chance of the game! Gibbs-White sends in a good cross from the corner and Kouyate rises highest to score past Neto.
32' Tavernier whips the ball into the box from a free-kick, but Henderson collects comfortably. Both sides are looking for the perfect final ball.
30' Gibbs-White sends a cross towards Yates after beating Smith one-on-one again. His delivery is overhit again and goes out for a goal kick.
28' Bournemouth finally made their way into the opposition box and Billing plays Tavernier into a good position. The winger takes too many touches and can only win a corner. The set-piece comes to nothing.
27' Williams complains about the lack of movement from his team-mates ahead of him as he is forced to pass sideways.
25' Kouyate is back on the pitch after receiving treatment from the physios.
24' Kouyate is receiving treatment on the pitch for an injury.
23' Both teams are struggling to find the right quality in the final third to create a good chance. Zemura tries to find Billing with a cross but it is overhit.
21' Bournemouth have found their feet in this game and are beginning to control more of the ball. The home crowd notice this and increase the volume in the stadium.
19' Gibbs-White's corner fails to beat the first man and is cleared out to Williams, who fires his long shot over the bar.
18' Bournemouth have a good spell of possession on the edge of the Forest box but they cannot manage to work a shot. The home side manage to create a counter attack from this and win a corner.
16' Bournemouth have had fewer shots (26), fewer shots on target (9), and a lower expected goals tally (1.75) than any other side in the Premier League this season.
14' Lerma drives forward with the ball down the left side of the pitch and he pulls it back to Zemura who crosses to the back post, but no one is there to meet it.
12' Gibbs-White is too fast and agile for Cook and wins a free-kick for his side. Forest take it quickly but fail to work a shot from their possession.
10' Bournemouth are now initiating a press of their own and Forest are struggling to get out of their own half.
8' Kouyate wins the ball in the Bournemouth half and Forest move the ball around well. A lofted pass towards Gibbs-White almost puts him in on goal but the referee stops play for a foul by the attacker.
6' Forest are controlling the tempo of this game early on and are forcing Bournemouth into a lot of mistakes when advancing forward.
4' Lodi uses his pace to get around Smith and win a free-kick. Forest are sending a lot of players forward.
4' Worrall wins the header from the free kick but can't direct his attempt towards the goal.
2' Nottingham Forest are pressing Bournemouth very high up the pitch early on and not giving them a lot of time to pass forward.
1' Yates gets the game under way from kick-off!
The players are making their way out of the tunnel and onto the pitch!
Nottingham Forest are winless in their last four league games against Bournemouth (D1 L3), with the Cherries one of just three teams to win home and away against Forest in the Championship last season.
Cooper makes two changes to his starting line-up as Cook and Lingard replace Freuler and O’Brien. O’Neil goes with the same 11 who started against Wolves in the last game for Bournemouth.
SUBS: Emiliano Marcondes, Siriki Dembele, Mark Travers, Kieffer Moore, Jaidon Anthony, Ryan Fredericks, Jack Stephens, Jack Stacey, Marcos Senesi
Bournemouth (4-4-2): Neto; Adam Smith, Chris Mepham, Lloyd Kelly, Jordan Zemura; Marcus Tavernier, Jefferson Lerma, Lewis Cook, Ryan Christie; Philip Billing, Dominic Solanke
SUBS: Jack Colback, Lewis O’Brien, Remo Freuler, Wayne Hennessey, Taiwo Awoniyi, Emmanuel Dennis, Giulian Biancone, Harry Toffolo, Willy Boly
Nottingham Forest (5-3-2): Dean Henderson; Neco Williams, Scott McKenna, Joe Worrall, Steve Cook, Renan Lodi; Jesse Lingard, Cheikhou Kouyate, Ryan Yates; Morgan Gibbs-White, Brennan Johnson
Bournemouth are winless in their last four league games after winning their opening match against Aston Villa. Gary O’Neil is still interim manager going into this game after securing a draw in his first match in charge against Wolves during the week.
Nottingham Forest are 16th in the league table following back-to-back defeats against Tottenham and Manchester City respectively. Following their 6-0 loss in Manchester, Steve Cooper’s side have added Willy Boly, Josh Bowler and Loic Bade to their squad.
Hello and welcome to the live commentary of the Premier League fixture between Nottingham Forest and Bournemouth.