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Nottingham Forest secure Premier League safety

20 May 2023
Premier League - Nottingham Forest v Arsenal

A 1-0 win against Arsenal thanks to Awoniyi's strike seals club's place in the top flight

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Nottingham Forest have secured their Premier League status after an outstanding 1-0 win against Arsenal at the City Ground.

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Taiwo Awoniyi was the Forest hero, scoring the only goal of the game on 19 minutes.

He got in behind Gabriel, and although the Arsenal defender managed to get a foot to clear the ball, it inadvertently came off the striker and bounced into the net. Awoniyi has now scored five goals this month.

Morgan Gibbs-White had an opportunity to double the hosts' lead midway through the second half, but his shot from a narrow angle struck the side netting.

The miss didn't prove to be costly, as Forest prevented Arsenal from scoring on the road for only the second time this season.

It was their first clean sheet since February and, despite spending 114 days in the relegation zone, Forest will be playing in the Premier League again next season. They move on to 37 points in 16th place. 

Relegation battle

Position Pos Club Played Pl GD Points Pts
15 Bournemouth BOU 38 -34 39
16 Nottingham Forest NFO 38 -30 38
17 Everton EVE 38 -23 36
18 Leicester City LEI 38 -17 34
19 Leeds United LEE 38 -30 31
20 Southampton SOU 38 -37 25
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With AFC Bournemouth and Fulham also staying up, this is only the fourth time in Premier League history that all three promoted teams have achieved safety, after 2001/02, 2011/12 and 2017/18.

When all three promoted clubs stayed up
Season Clubs Final pos.
2001/02 Blackburn 10th
Fulham 13th
Bolton 16th
2011/12 Swansea 11th
Norwich 12th
QPR 17th
2017/18 Newcastle 10th
Brighton 15th
Huddersfield 16th
2022/23* Fulham 10th
AFC Bournemouth 14th
Nott'm Forest 16th

*One match still to play

Everton claim precious point

Everton scored the latest goal in the Premier League this season to grab a 1-1 draw against Wolverhampton Wanderers and boost their own bid to stay up.

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Wolves took the lead when Hwang Hee-chan followed up after Adama Traore had run from deep inside his own half and forced a low save from Jordan Pickford.

But in the ninth minute of stoppage time, three Everton defenders - James Tarkowski, Michael Keane and Yerry Mina - all combined from a free-kick for the latter to scramble the ball into the net.

A big point takes Everton's total to 33 in 17th, but they can still drop into the relegation zone if 18th-placed Leeds United beat West Ham United on Sunday.

Can Leeds stay in the fight?

Leeds will travel to London to face a West Ham team who reached the UEFA Europa Conference League final on Thursday and, thanks to Everton's draw at Wolves, are now safe from relegation.

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