Newcastle battle to victory at Forest in five-goal thriller


Newcastle battled to a thrilling 3-2 victory over a spirited Nottingham Forest on Saturday Night Football.

After seeing fellow strugglers Luton and Everton lose earlier in the day, Nottingham Forest sensed an opportunity for some breathing space in the battle to beat the drop, but Newcastle had other ideas.

Bruno Guimares’ smart volley gave the visitors the lead but Forest fought back through Anthony Elanga.

In a topsy-turvy first 45 minutes Newcastle restored their advantage through Fabian Schar but again the home side roared back as Callum Hudson-Odoi’s deflected strike beat Martin Dubravka to level the scores again.

Forest started the second half well and were denied a penalty by referee Anthony Taylor and VAR Tony Harrington when Taiwo Awoniyi went to ground under a challenge from Dubravka.

However, it was Newcastle who took the lead for a third time as Guimaraes added his second of the night. Eddie Howe’s side, who have now picked up four straight away wins in all competitions for the first time since 2016, didn’t repeat the mistakes of earlier in the game and held on for a win that sees them move up to seventh.

Meanwhile, Forest, who are now without a win in the league in four games, stay 16th and just two points above the drop zone.

More to follow…

What’s next?

Both Nottingham Forest and Newcastle are back in Premier League action next Saturday, with both games kicking off at 3pm.

Nottingham Forest host West Ham on February 17; kick-off 3pm. Newcastle will also be at home, hosting Bournemouth at St James’ Park.

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