Date: 27th December 2018 at 12:11am
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Nottingham Forest threw away a 3-0 lead at Norwich to end their Boxing Day meeting level at Carrow Road. Their goals came from Jack Robinson and a Matty Cash brace, but City scored three second-half goals to finish the game 3-3. Aitor Karanka took a lot of flak from supporters for taking off two of Forest’s most influential players before Norwich began their comeback.

Lewis Grabban was first substituted in the 70th minute for Daryl Murphy before Matty Cash was replaced by Gil Dias in the 82nd minute. The decision backfired heavily, however, as Forest fell to two injury time goals and didn’t have enough creativity on the pitch to threaten at the other end.

Karanka‘s men were 2-0 up when Grabban was taken off, and they scored a third through Cash minutes later. Even after Cash was hooked off, Forest went into injury time with a 3-1 lead so few could have foreseen their collapse, even though they were under pressure. Onel Hernandez scored twice in the dying moments, however, to rescue a point for the hosts.

The result leaves Forest 10th in the Championship table with 36 points from 24 games, having gone four without a win. The Reds next travel to face Millwall on December 29.

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