Hudson-Odoi screamer earns Forest draw against 10-player Burnley

Callum Hudson-Odoi’s wonderful debut goal earned Nottingham Forest a point against 10-player Burnley at the City Ground on Monday Night Football.

Having fallen behind to Zeki Amdouni’s sublime strike three minutes before half-time, Forest’s Deadline Day signing from Chelsea scored his first Premier League goal since October 2021 to deny Burnley their first win of the season.

An eventful end-to-end contest throughout, both sides threatened to take all three points but it was Vincent Kompany’s team who will feel aggrieved not to have scored the winner when Lyle Foster, who was later sent off in stoppage time for a separate incident, saw an effort controversially disallowed following a VAR review for a handball in the build-up.

It will go down as an opportunity missed for Burnley but after three consecutive home defeats against Manchester City, Aston Villa and Tottenham, the draw gets last season’s Championship winners off the mark this season. They stay 19th in the table, while Forest rise to eighth.

Zeki Amdouni celebrates after putting Burnley ahead against Nottingham Forest
Zeki Amdouni celebrates after putting Burnley ahead against Nottingham Forest

Forest and Burnley play out feisty draw

Burnley started brightly but Forest grew into the game and began to threaten through Hudson-Odoi and the in-form Taiwo Awoniyi. Hudson-Odoi tested Trafford from outside the area while Awoniyi and Morgan Gibbs-White continued to ask questions of Burnley’s nervy defence, but it was the visitors who opened the scoring in the 41st minute.

After Amdouni had forced a fine save from Matt Turner from the edge of the area, the Switzerland international made sure he would not be denied a second time before the break. The impressive Luca Koleosho showed lightning pace down the left to beat Joe Worrall before his cross ended up in the path of Amdouni, whose powerful half-volley into the bottom corner from the edge of the box left Turner stranded.

It was the second time Amdouni had scored against Forest at the City Ground in under three weeks, after netting a late winner for Burnley in the second round of the Carabao Cup at the end of August.

Forest responded after the break and were level within 16 minutes. Hudson-Odoi, signed as one of seven players on the final day of the summer transfer window, received a pass from Awoniyi on the left-hand side of Burnley’s box before shifting the ball onto his right foot and curling an effort into the far top corner via the post. After a VAR check for a potential handball by Awoniyi in the build-up, the goal stood and Forest were back in the game.

The hosts handed another debut to former Liverpool striker Divock Origi as they searched for a winner, but it was Burnley who thought they had found one 15 minutes before full-time. However, substitute Sander Berge was ruled to have handled the ball as he raced past Scott McKenna before setting up Foster to tap into an empty net.

That decision, made after referee Robert Jones was sent to the pitchside VAR monitor, sparked an angry reaction from the Burnley bench and the visitors’ frustrations were further compounded when Foster was sent off for violent conduct after flinging an elbow at Ryan Yates in stoppage time.

WATCH: The game’s key moments

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Zeki Amdouni’s stunning half volley put Burnley ahead against Nottingham Forest

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Nottingham Forest debutant Callum Hudson-Odoi equalised with a sensational strike

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Was this a deliberate handball? VAR intervenes as Burnley’s second goal of the game is disallowed

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Burnley forward Lyle Foster saw red for violent conduct in stoppage time

What’s next?

Nottingham Forest’s next game is away to Manchester City on Saturday – kick-off 3pm. Steve Cooper’s side then host Brentford on October 1, live on Sky Sports‘ Super Sunday – kick-off 2pm.

Burnley’s next outing is at home to Manchester United on Saturday – kick-off 8pm. The Clarets then travel to Salford in the Carabao Cup on September 26 – kick-off 7.45pm.

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