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Nottingham Forest v Everton: Premier League – live | Premier League – NewsEverything Fashion
Nottingham Forest v Everton: Premier League – live | Premier League – NewsEverything Fashion

Key events

74 mins: Dennis seems to be operating on the left with Ayew down the middle with Johnson.

Down the other end, Iwobi darts past Worrall, who just about holds him up. Eventually, Everton win a corner. Gray swings it in from the left and Worrall clears.

72 mins: Shelvey has dropped deeper alongside Yates, allowing Gibbs-White to play in his preferred position behind the strikers. He makes a dynamic run and looks to find Johnson with a pass but Godfrey reads the danger and clears.

70 mins: Here come the subs for Forest. Yates, Dennis and Ayew are on. Colback, Freuler and Wood are off. It will be interesting to see how they set up.

67 mins: Felipe plays another bad backpass, which Worrall belatedly leaves for Navas, who reacts just in time to clear.

Down the other end, Aurier swings in another cross that is easy for Pickford to claim.

65 mins: Who will Cooper turn to first? Lingard, Surridge, Ayew, Dennis?

63 mins: Coleman bundles over Freuler in the corner and there is another split second of pushing. Lordy, this is becoming difficult to keep track of. Can’t everyone play nice?

61 mins: Gibbs-White, another on a booking, lunges in on Onana and gives away a free-kick, causing some damage to his opponent at the same time. The referee feels the award of the free-kick is punishment enough and so do I. Onana gets up gingerly.

“This is the sort of game you have to feel sorry for the ref,” says Samuel Campbell. “It looks like he has lost control of it a bit but the players acting like little children is making it nearly impossible for him.”

59 mins: Johnson goes past Godfrey, who has a tug at his shirt but the winger does not go down. With Godfrey on a booking, the referee would have had a decision to make. Dyche might need to make a change at left-back soon.

Down the other end, Felipe sends a dreadful looping backpass in the vague direction of Navas, who reads the danger and runs out to clear.

57 mins: Now Tarkowski is booked for an elite-level lunge on the touchline on Lodi in an attempt to stop a counter. It is not that bad and a yellow is the right decision, despite the anger in the stands.

55 mins: Forest are having a good spell. A Shelvey shot is deflected wide. Gibbs-White takes the corner short to Johnson, who drives for the byline but his cross is well overhit.

There is another melee. Lodi and Gray are booked for their involvement in the latest contretemps.

“Temper, Temper boys,” says Mary Waltz. “Who gets the first Red Card? This is Drunken Pub league stuff and someone is going to lose it.”

I’d be surprised if this ends 11 v 11.

53 mins: The aforementioned free-kick is cleared.

Eric Peterson emails: “Watching that first half was wonderful for a Toffee, but it also made me revert back to my frustration about the Everton that was so offensively inept under Frank Lampard. TV in the USA lauded, most properly, Doucoure and Onana for pushing up from midfield and fueling the attack today. Where was this for the first half of the season, when it was so clear how bare the cupboard was at Everton once Richarlison was sold and not replaced? And if anyone should have recognized the value of giving the midfielders a mandate to join and even force the attack, why not the guy who made his legendary name as a player doing just that?”

51 mins: It’s getting feisty. Tackles fly in from players on both sides. McNeil goes head-to-head with Gibbs-White and they both get a booking. More importantly, Forest get a free-kick in a dangerous position.

Gibbs-White clashes with Everton's McNeil.
Gibbs-White clashes with Everton’s McNeil. Photograph: Andrew Boyers/Action Images/Reuters

49 mins: Wood is very much a man aiming to come deep to flick the ball on. He is a very different striker from Awoniyi. He seems a strange replacement in this specific system.

47 mins: Everton enjoy all the possession in the first minute of so to keep the City Ground quiet. A dangerous cross is whipped in from the left but Forest clear. The ball makes it out to the left where Gray and Aurier battle for it. Forest get the throw, causing some friction between the two players that needs calming.

Second half

Here we go again!

Forest have a few issues to sort out, mainly how to get Gibbs-White into the game more. Gibbs-White is their most dangerous player but Shelvey seems to be playing in the space he often occupies and he is more keen to play in behind sooner. Hmmmmm ….

Want some half time reading? The read me on Liverpool v United while I decide on having a cake or biscuit.

Half time: Forest 1-2 Everton

The visitors are edging proceedings in what has been a pulsating 45 minutes. As Dyche said before the match, it is all about putting together a full performance in a match. That is the real test for Everton.

45+1 mins: Everton break on Forest. Doucoure gets down the left and pulls it back for Gray to shoot from 12 yards but Gibbs-White blocks what is a tame effort.

45 mins: Two minutes added on.

44 mins: Could Dyche bring on Vinagre for his first appearance in the league since August? I am not sure Godfrey can play 90 minutes at left-back.

42 mins: Godfrey, who has had a tough time, goes into the book for taking down Johnson on the right touchline. An impressively needless foul. Johnson is down receiving treatment.

41 mins: “Dyche has the boys playing with maximum effort,” says Mary Waltz. “The game is chaos, a constant formless mess, which favors Everton. But I am keeping expectations suppressed. Since Sparks was mentioned earlier I think “Edith Piaf Said it Better” would be appropriate.”

40 mins: McNeil, who is wandering all over the pitch, pops on the right wing. He receives a pass and cuts in onto his favoured left foot to let fly from 25 yards but Navas is able to tip it over.

39 mins: The City Ground is enduring a rare spell of quietness in the stands because Everton are once again on top. Their midfielders and forwards are playing with great fluidity, making it hard for Forest to pick them up.

37 mins: Whenever Everton get into crossing positions, Onana and Doucoure get into the box to provide some height. They are both a threat but if Forest win the first header, it leaves a big gap in midfield.

35 mins: Forest are looking to regroup after the sucker punch of the second goal. They keep looking long for Wood which Tarkowski and Keane will not mind at all.

“Well this is unexpected,” says Joe Pearson. “Both teams average less than a goal per game, and here they’ve already scored three! Maybe they just need to play each other all the time.”

Pickford catches the ball under pressure from Wood.
Pickford catches the ball under pressure from Wood. Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images

33 mins: Forest have Tottenham away and then Newcastle at home in their next two games, making it very important that they get something here. It could be one of the great relegation battles this season.

31 mins: This is all a bit relentless, isn’t it? Everton have scored twice to put them level of goals this season with Wolves and Forest at the bottom of the ‘for’ pile.

GOAL! Forest 1-2 Everton (Doucoure, 29)

Pickford lumps a free-kick forward, Tarkowski and Keane get their heads to the ball and it eventually goes into the six-yard box where Doucoure gets the wrong side of Freuler to nod home.

Doucoure heads in.
Doucoure heads in. Photograph: Marc Atkins/Getty Images
Doucoure celebrates.
Doucoure celebrates. Photograph: Andrew Boyers/Action Images/Reuters

29 mins: No one seems particularly happy with John Brooks at the moment. He doe not give a foul on Gibbs-White but gives a free-kick to Everton immediately after. Some red shirts surround the referee and he aims to calm tensions.

Johnson protests to referee John Brooks.
Johnson protests to referee John Brooks. Photograph: James Williamson/AMA/Getty Images


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