Nottingham Forest went into this evening’s Championship clash with high flying West Bromwich Albion looking to make it back to back victories for new manager Martin O’Neill.
Following victory over Brentford on Saturday, a return of six points from six would certainly boost Play-Off hopes once again after our recent choppy spell and more mixed form, and we got the perfect present six minutes into the game as Stefan Johansen was credited with an own goal.
It was against the run of play as the hosts dominated, but we had the 1-0 advantage at the halftime break.
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The hosts levelled nine minutes after the restart but Ryan Yates restored our advantage just after the hour mark. Sadly it wasn’t to be as West Brom got a lucky penalty with one minute remaining but it was enough for the points to be shared on the day.
Speaking to the BBC following the fulltime whistle, our European Cup winning legend explained.
“Naturally we thought it was a dive. The ref has made an honest mistake. I have spoken to him and he said that’s what he thought he saw. It would have been a terrific result away from home against a side vying for automatic promotion. It was also a clear penalty on Joe Lolley. It’s disappointing, but we played well. Our first goal was a delight. Overall I was delighted with the team. Physically they made a big, big effort They worked exceptionally hard. I’m disappointed for them and I’m disappointed for the fans.”