By Matthew Benton-Smith
A disappointing evening for Chris Hughton’s Reds’ as they leave the Liberty Stadium empty handed despite a strong performance worthy of much more in South Wales.
— Nottingham Forest FC 💙 (@NFFC) February 17, 2021
Hughton made 3 changes to the Reds’ side that started the goalless draw against Bournemouth on Saturday with Joe Lolley replacing Sheffield United loanee Luke Freeman and Lewis Grabban taking veteran striker Glenn Murray’s place in the starting-11. Yuri Ribeiro also took Gaetan Bong’s spot at left back.
The first 20 minutes of the game were really uneventful with both sides failing to break down the opposition defence and create any chances. The game looked to be another battle that the Reds’ would have to grind out and keep their shape throughout as they looked to continue their ascent and edge away from the relegation zone.
Chris Hughton’s men continued with their high pressure throughout the first half looking to create chances against a very strong Swansea City side. Despite both teams efforts the sides went in goalless with Knockaert hitting the crossbar with the last touch of the first 45.
Half Time: Swansea 0-0 Forest
The Reds’ continued strongly in the second half as they looked to steal all 3 points in South Wales, Joe Lolley’s shot from outside the box was saved down low by Woodman keeping the score line level. Lewis Grabban had an effort shortly after from a very difficult angle, the shot flew across the goalmouth and narrowly missed the far-post as Forest continued to heap pressure onto Steve Cooper’s men.
A brilliant opportunity came for Forest as they broke forward rapidly following a Swansea corner with Grabban, Cafu and Krovinovic finding themselves in a 3 against 1 situation, it was Grabban who scuffed the pass that saw that attack draw to a close.
The Red’s continued to pile the pressure onto Swansea with even centre halves crowding in the box looking to find a late winner and take 3 points home from the Liberty Stadium. Swansea stole the show just in the nick of time with an 87th minute header from Connor Roberts finding the back of the net surely taking the points off Chris Hughton’s men much to everyone’s disbelief.
Despite the Reds’ best efforts, they couldn’t break down a Swans side that has been notoriously strong this season and is slowly becoming a bogey team for Forest.
Full Time: Swansea 1-0 Forest
Man of The Match: Filip Krovinovic
(NFFC Substitutions OFF: Grabban ON: Murray 75′ OFF: Krovinovic ON: Taylor 88′ OFF: Knockaert ON: Mighten 90′)
(Featured Image Credit @NFFC Twitter)