69 min Longstaff was in an offside position on the right of the ara when somebody else, Isak I think, slid the ball across goal. It was blocked, and then another Forest defender booted the ball off Longstaff. It ricocheted to Isak, whose cross was headed in by Anderson.
NO GOAL! Nottm Forest 1-1 Newcastle
VAR: killing dreams since 2018. The greatest moment of Elliot Anderson’s young life is overturned by some fella in an airless bunker. It’s a correct if pedantic decision, I think, but I keep coming back to the question Kenny Cunningham asked so succinctly on the Off the Ball podcast: has VAR improved football as a spectacle?
Paul Tierney is going to the monitor. The issue is whether Longstaff, who was in an offside position at one stage, was interfering or whether it counts as a different phase of play. I think this will be disallowed.
Anderson has been brilliant since coming on, full of purpose and intent, and now he has put Newcastle ahead. An attack broke down on the right of the area, but Isak collected the loose ball and teased a left-footed cross beyond the far post. Anderson got above Aurier and forced a superb header back across Navas.
Hang on, it’s being checked by VAR.
GOAL! Nottm Forest 1-2 Newcastle (Anderson 64)
Too late: Elliot Anderson, 20, has put Newcastle ahead with his first senior goal!
63 min Newcastle have been much the better team since half-time, and Steve Cooper must be considering a switch to the usual 4-3-2-1.
62 min “Considering how both these teams were performing at the start of the season, that 1-1 is a fair scoreline at halftime is a testament to Steve Cooper’s incredible skill as a manager,” writes Kári Tulinius. “Meanwhile, Newcastle are a bit less taut than they were before the World Cup, but the funds to purchase a player of Isak’s quality will paper over most cracks.”
I’ve been impressed with Newcastle tonight, particularly their passing in tight areas around the edge of the Forest area. Whatever happens between now and the end of May, Eddie Howe has done such a good job with what is still, at this stage, no more than an upper mid-table squad.
61 min Willock cuts inside from the right and pokes a pass into Guimaraes on the edge of the area. He slashes a rising drive that is pushed over by the leaping Navas, another dramatic but relatively comfortable save. The resulting corner is cleared to the edge of the area, where Anderson shoots over. He’s been really lively since coming on.
60 min Murphy slides a nice ball towards Anderson, who is through on goal… and then slips over. Dumb luck for Newcastle.
59 min Gibbs-White is booked for a cynical pull on Bruno Guimaraes.
59 min: Just wide from Shelvey! Gibbs-White’s corner is headed away to the edge of the area. Shelvey cracks an impatient volley that hits Isak and loops back to Shelvey, who controls the ball on the chest and drags a shot not far wide. Pope had it covered though.
58 min: Forest substitution Ryan Yates is going off with a shoulder problem. Remo Freuler replaces him.
57 min A lovely deft touch from Ayew releases Dennis, who takes a poor touch but still manages to win a corner.
57 min “Happy St. Patrick’s Day one and all!” says Nora Mulcahy, a sentiment I’ll heartily second. Hic.
55 min A rare Forest counter-attack (in the second half) ends when Gibbs-White overhits a cross. He’s been quiet tonight.
54 min “So with the entire MotD team and now potentially also a 75-year Roy Hodgson going back to work, do we have to acknowledge Jeremy Hunt’s absolutely smashed the theme of this year’s budget?” says Tom Stratford. “Someone will be putting down their pint of wine and getting a plane back from Malaga at this rate…”
It always makes me a bit sad that Sam Allardyce – who was such a progressive manager at the start of his career, and overachieved at pretty much every club he managed – was sacrificed at the altar of banter. I’m going soft in my old age, I know. Fifteen years ago I was the Bishop of Bantersaurus, or whatever the eff.
52 min A minute or so before that Anderson volley, Felipe had a handful of his shirt in the area. Technically, I suppose that could have been a penalty to Newcastle.
51 min Newcastle are all over Forest like a cheap cliche. One corner leads to another, which eventually leads to Willock curling over from the left edge of the area.
49 min: Good save from Navas! Murphy, on the right, floats a nothing cross beyond the far post. The substitute Anderson meets it with a sweet, sidefooted volley that is pushed over dramatically by Navas. It was a comfortable enough save for a keeper of his class, but Anderson’s technique was outstanding.
46 min Peep peep! Newcastle begin the second half, having made a half-time change: Elliot Anderson for Allan Saint-Maximin.
Half time: Nottm Forest 1-1 Newcastle
Two outstanding goals, a fair scoreline, some fruity tackles: what’s not to love?
This is a brilliant finish from Isak, who is so damn hot right now. Schar and Saint-Maximin combined well on the right to release Willock, who lifted a cross towards the unmarked Isak at the far post. The ball was slightly behind Isak, who improvised beautifully. With both feet off the ground, he whirled his right foot around the ball to force a volley back across goal and into the net via the post.
GOAL! Nottm Forest 1-1 Newcastle (Isak 45+2)
Alexander Isak equalises on the stroke of half time!
45 min There will be three minutes of added time.
43 min A clash of heads between Ayew and Guimaraes leads to a break in play while they receive treatment. I think they’re fine.
41 min Felipe sprays a pass over the top to Ayew, who looks miles offside but is allowed to continue. Trippier gets back to make a robust challenge, just in case, and then the flag goes up. Replays show Ayew was offside, though not by much.
39 min “Have to say,” says Peter Turnbull, “Forest need a calming yellow card.”
I think Dennis was booked for his goal celebration, though I appreciate that’s not the point you’re making. Ayew and Shelvey should have been booked.
38 min Longstaff lifts a really clever pass into the area for Murphy, whose shot is blocked. Moments later, Longstaff belts over from distance.
35 min: Longstaff hits the bar! Murphy muscles Renan Lodi off the ball, just outside the area on the Newcastle right, and slides the ball back to the edge of the area. Longstaff collects and sidefoots a shot that hits Felipe, loops over Navas and hits the crossbar!
34 min Shelvey flips a terrific pass into Yates, who can’t control it on the edge of the area. Had he done so, Forest might have been in again.
33 min Dan Burn is booked for dissent. Misplaced dissent at that, because replays show the decision he complained about was correct.
32 min “I cannot let your comment about Roy Hodgson pass unchallenged,” says Richard Hirst. “He will always have an honoured place in the Fulham pantheon (no sniggering from the cheap seats) – a legend, and a gentleman.”
He was great at Fulham, no doubt, but the thought of him replacing Vieira is just weird.
30 min Shelvey gets a final warning for a scissor tackle on Guimaraes. He did get the ball but that’s not particularly relevant with a challenge like that, and like Ayew earlier he should have been booked. Forest have been very physical in the first half hour.
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