In merited draw against Chelsea, Aurier earns Forest point

The Premier League draw between Nottingham Forest and Chelsea is a “step in the right direction,” according to midfielder Ryan.
To successfully counter Raheem Sterling’s goal with a superb equalizer, right-back Serge Aurier displayed outstanding calm.

This gives Steve Cooper’s team their first point this year after falling behind and extending their streak of home victories to six games overall.

Yates told Sky Sports, “To demonstrate the resilience to come back is extremely commendable.

“I felt that, given the second half, it was unfortunate that we did not win.

This is a positive development. At halftime, the coach just urged, “Believe in yourselves more.” We need to improve upon it since playing drawing games at home is just the beginning.

With a point, Forest rise to 18th place, one goal below fourth-bottom West Ham United, and move above Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Graham Potter was named as Chelsea’s manager on September 8; since then, Chelsea has only once won back-to-back league games. Chelsea moves above of Brighton into eighth place but trails fourth-place Manchester United by seven points.

Crowds Draw Forest Into Cities

Brennan Johnson came the closest for the hosts in a one-on-one situation with Kepa Arrizabalaga in the first half as Forest were eager to utilise his speed to get behind the Chelsea defense.

Despite going behind early, the City Ground’s energy increased throughout the half, in part due to the crowd’s growing dissatisfaction with referee Peter Bankes’ performance.

After the interval, Cooper’s team came out firing, with Johnson having an attempt saved and Gibbs-White sending a beautiful shot just inside the post.

However, as has been the case all season — they have only scored 12 goals in 17 league games — they lacked finesse in the final third. Johnson and Taiwo Awoniyi’s runs in the channels gave Chelsea issues throughout the game.

It took a brilliant goal from defender Aurier to give them a point, but with evidence that Cooper has settled on his starting lineup and a loud fan base, they appear to have a solid chance of keeping their place in the top flight.

Cooper noted in an interview with Match of the Day that “all we do right now is about us, how we grow the squad, the spirit, and the identity.

We’re in control of our fate, so we must keep improving, he said. “I know we didn’t win today, but it was a good reference point that we can play against the big teams in the league.”

The Blues of Chelsea’s Away Days Continue


After Manchester United and Liverpool’s victories in the previous 48 hours, Chelsea knew that anything less than three points would put them further behind the top four.

They started off with excellent intentions, and Mason Mount made two dangerous shots before Sterling reacted quickest to put Chelsea in front when Boly unintentionally back-heeled a Christian Pulisic cross onto the crossbar while under pressure from Kai Harvetz.

However, despite Potter making all five substitutions in an effort to alter the game, the visitors were lackluster after the break and failed to have a shot on goal.

However, one of the newcomers, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, had a chance to give Potter’s team the victory but was unable to connect properly with a header following a fierce cross from substitute Hakim Ziyech.

Chelsea now has one win in their previous five games in all competitions and no wins in their past five away Premier League games after struggling to handle Forest’s second-half pace and intensity.

“It is a hard-earned point, against a club that are well-set up,” Potter said in a statement to Sky Sports. In the second half, they applied pressure to us.

“We didn’t perform well enough to earn the three points. We didn’t move the ball quickly enough or vigorously enough.

Forest played a good game, but we’re dissatisfied with our 90-minute effort and worried that we didn’t earn the victory.


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