EPL: Awoniyi scores as Nottingham Forest defeats Sheffield United

Nottingham Forest ran out as winners in their second Premier League match against Sheffield United last night.

Super Eagles star, Taiwo Awoniyi had opened the scoring for Forest with two minutes and 23 seconds on the clock. Awoniyi headed home from Serge Aurier’s cross to give Forest an early lead.

Awoniyi scores as Nottingham Forest defeats Sheffield United
Taiwo Awoniyi celebrates his goal. Source: Reuters

This was the sixth consecutive appearance in which Awoniyi has found the net for his team, scoring eight goals in that sequence of games straddling this season and last. Only Erling Haaland and Christian Benteke have achieved this in the past 15 years.

A speculative Vini Souza effort in the 34th minute, which was comfortably kept out by Forest’s goalkeeper, Matt Turner, was the Blades’ best opening of the first half. Both sides also had half-hearted penalty appeals waved away, while both Aurier and Morgan Gibbs-White fired over the top in the dying embers of the opening period.

However, the Blades came back into it and scored the equaliser early in the second half thanks to Hamer’s brilliantly curled effort into the top corner of Matt Turner’s net.

Awoniyi scores as Nottingham Forest defeats Sheffield United
Chris Wood scores the winner for Nottingham Forest. Source: Getty

Steve Cooper’s side thought that they had risen back into the ascendancy just nine minutes later, but Awoniyi’s chip over Wes Foderingham was chalked off for offside.

Nottingham Forest were able to get three points from the match against Sheffield United, after Chris Wood came on. Wood, who had come on as a substitute, flicked a header past United keeper Wes Foderingham to send the City Ground crowd wild.

Forest’s next match will be against Manchester United next Saturday, while newly-promoted side, Sheffield United who remain without a point after two games will face the Red Devils’ noisy neighbours and reigning champions Manchester City at Bramall Lane on August 27.


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