Forward In a competitive Premier League match on Sunday at the City Ground, Nottingham Forest twice overcame deficits to draw 2-2 with struggling Everton thanks to two goals from Brennan Johnson.
Jonjo Shelvey fouled Dwight McNeil, resulting in a penalty kick by Demarai Gray for Everton. Johnson then scored his first goal by finishing at the back post after Jordan Pickford could only deflect the ball into his path.
Around the half-hour mark, Abdoulaye Doucoure scored his first goal in 18 months with a close-range header to give Everton the lead back. Nevertheless, Johnson scored the game-winning goal with a beautiful finish into the top corner after Doucoure gave the ball away in midfield.
Everton, who had played one more game than their relegation opponents, were third-bottom of the standings with 22 points after 26 games. Forest is in 14th place with 26 points after 25 games. Everton manager Sean Dyche said BBC Radio, “I’m happy, we’re doing the right things, and there’s been tremendous devotion to the cause since I joined.
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Today, we were in so many advantageous positions. We still need to fix the technicalities, but we did a good job of defending and countering today. The performance had a lot of positive aspects. We are aware that we must win games, but you have to start over, and this shown a real advancement. This was a tremendously strong effort on the road. It makes for a fantastic foundation on which to continue the adventure.
After Seamus Coleman appeared to be impeded by Forest midfielder Jack Colback, the visitors had a good claim for a second penalty. However, referee John Brooks rejected their impassioned shouts, and he instead issued eight yellow cards in a match that occasionally looked like it would explode.
The quality of the great Johnson was enough to give Forest a crucial point in their fight to stay out of the relegation mix despite their struggles to produce clear-cut chances.
Forest manager Steve Cooper told Sky Sports, “We clearly deserved at least a draw, but we also need to know we have to do better with the goals conceded.
“I am unhappy with the referee, but we will think about it. I believed he made a lot of poor choices. Not the officials, but your opponent’s actions should determine whether you win or lose. The guys are a little bummed that they lost, but they gave it their all and shown bravery.