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Nottingham Forest and Brentford Share Points in Thrilling Draw

Nottingham Forest’s comeback after trailing by a goal to secure a draw against Brentford.

The game took a dramatic turn in the early second half when Moussa Niakhate received a red card for stepping on Yoane Wissa’s heel, following a lackluster first half.

Brentford captain Christian Norgaard put his side ahead from the resulting free-kick, powering home a header from Mathias Jensen’s ball for his first goal of the season.

However, the advantage was short-lived, lasting only seven minutes.

During this time, Argentina’s Dominguez, who transferred to Forest from Bologna in September, executed a remarkable diving header that arched over the visiting goalkeeper Mark Flekken.

Gloomy Nottingham Battle

Victory would have taken either team into 10th place, but on a gloomy day in Nottingham, neither could get a second goal.

Brentford Substitute Neal Maupay, borrowed from Everton, had an opportunity to find the net but couldn’t make a clean connection within the penalty area.

The outcome signifies that Brentford has endured a winless streak of five Premier League matches since their 3-0 triumph against Fulham in the second fixture of the season.

Forest works hard to gain a point.

Thirteen minutes were added to the end of the game, with both teams having chances to win in an exciting climax.

Brentford’s Bryan Mbeumo headed over, and Forest’s Chris Wood nodded wide before the visitors had a shot cleared off the line.

Willy Boly had a header saved at the opposite end, while Maupay had another attempt blocked for the Bees.

Forest manager Steve Cooper, whose team climbed up one position to 11th, will be pleased with his players’ commitment, as they had to play with one fewer player for more than 40 minutes.

Crucial Defending

Morgan Gibbs-White produced a goal-saving sliding challenge on Mbeumo near the finish, with the Forest midfielder, coaching staff, and fans celebrating as if they had snatched a winning goal.

The thrilling ending presented a stark contrast to the initial half, during which neither team managed a shot on goal until the third minute of added time.

It was at this moment that Vitaly Janelt’s deflected shot was blocked by the home keeper Matt Turner, and Ibrahim Sangare made an exceptional save to prevent Norgaard from converting the rebound.

Turner nearly gifted Brentford a goal with a heavy touch on a backpass at the start of the second half.

Wissa was able to slip in on the goalie and steer the ball goalwards, only for Boly, who was outstanding throughout, to recover in time to clear off the line.

VAR plays a role

Darren England was supposed to be the fourth official, but he was removed from consideration after being engaged as the video assistant referee in the “significant human error” when Liverpool were disallowed a goal – later shown to be onside – in their 2-1 loss at Tottenham on Saturday.

Michael Oliver’s first intervention came after only 11 minutes when Taiwo Awoniyi thought he had scored his fourth league goal of the season from close range after Brentford failed to clear a corner from the right.

But, unlike at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday, the proper judgement was made when the lines were added to the video footage, with Awoniyi offside and ahead of Wissa.

The VAR authorities had a busy afternoon, with the red card and Norgaard’s goal both needing to be reviewed.

Even though both of those judgments went their way and Brentford’s goal was not ruled offside, the visitors lamented a squandered opportunity.

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