Toffolo helps Forest end four-match losing run

9 Dec 2023
Harry Toffolo runs away in celebration

Pressure on Steve Cooper eased as Harry Toffolo's header earns a 1-1 draw at Wolves

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Nottingham Forest stopped a four-match losing run to ease the pressure on head coach Steve Cooper as they held Wolverhampton Wanderers to a  1-1 draw at Molineux.

Harry Toffolo opened the scoring for Forest but the in-form Matheus Cunha struck the Wolves equaliser, making it five straight Premier League matches where he has been involved in a goal.

How the match unfolded

Forest made a great start, opening the scoring in the 14th minute when Toffolo rose highest to head in from Neco Williams’ floated cross at the back post.

But 18 minutes later Wolves equalised. Mario Lemina played in Pablo Sarabia down the right and he cut the ball back for Matheus Cunha, who sidefooted home. 

Forest nearly restored their lead through a Wolves mistake in the fifth minute of first-half stoppage time. Cheikhou Kouyate dispossessed Max Kilman and ran through on goal but was unable to beat the onrushing Jose Sa, who had recovered from an injury to return in goal.

In the second half Forest picked up where they had left off in the opening period. Anthony Elanga’s shot crashed off the top of the bar but the forward had been flagged offside.

Forest continued to pile on the pressure and Williams delivered another excellent cross into the box that Toffolo somehow headed over from three yards.

But Wolves threatened themselves and the recalled Matt Turner was called into action in the Forest goal. The American had to make a double save to deny Matheus Cunha from grabbing all three points for Wolves.

The draw sends Wolves up to 12th on 19 points. Forest remain 16th on 14 points, only five above the relegation zone.

The relegation battle

Position Pos Club Played Pl GD Points Pts
16 Brentford BRE 25 -9 25
17 Nott'm Forest NFO 26 -14 24
18 Luton LUT 25 -16 20
19 Burnley BUR 26 -33 13
20 Sheffield Utd SHU 26 -44 13
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Key facts

- Forest have won one of their last 12 games in the Premier League (D5 L6), defeating Villa in November.
- Wolves’ Matheus Cunha became the fourth Brazilian to score or assist in five consecutive Premier League games, after Gabriel Jesus (twice), Gabriel Martinelli and Elano.
- Forest made seven changes to their starting XI for this game, the most by any team in the Premier League this season.
- Wolves have scored in each of their last 15 games in the Premier League, only having a longer run in the competition on one previous occasion – 18 games from August to December in 2019.

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