Nottingham Forest v Aston Villa: Premier League – Live | Premier League

Key events

34 minutes: Young catches Dennis on the ankle, much to the Nigerian’s dismay.

Buendia and Coutinho are such incredibly creative players, but they have barely been involved so far.

32 minutes: Villa are enjoying a good spell of possession as Forest look to remain in their compact defensive shape to keep them at bay.

30 minutes: Douglas Luiz lies in a heap on the floor after being caught by Freuler. He finally gets up after not getting a free kick.

28 minutes: Cook is now on four bookings in five games, which is not a sign of a man on the move at the level he is playing at.

26 minutes: NO TARGET! McGinn plays the ball out to the left for Ramsey to cross into the box for a waiting Watkins to slide home from close range, only to see offside lifted and the goal rightly disallowed.

Cook goes into the book to pounce on Ramsey inside the Villa box. What a poor challenge from the defender.

24 minutes: It all feels a bit familiar … Skov needs to regain his composure. Cooper was unhappy with a challenge on Yates in the box before the goal, but there was nothing in it.

GOAL! Nottingham Forest 1-1 Aston Villa (Young, 22)

WHAT A HIT! Cook heads the ball out to Young who takes a touch and absolutely pings a low shot into the bottom corner from 25 yards out.

Aston Villa's Ashley Young (centre) celebrates with team-mates after scoring their equaliser.
Aston Villa’s Ashley Young (centre) celebrates with team-mates after scoring their equaliser. Photo: Rui Vieira/AP

19 minutes: Aurier slides in on Ramsey and is rightly booked for a reckless challenge. It looks like the defender went in with two feet off the floor. There is a quick VAR check and the yellow card is seen as an appropriate punishment. Aurier really is a liability at times.

17 minutes: Forest will need to ensure they are less open than in previous defeats at the City Ground, taking the lead against Bournemouth and Fulham before losing.

GOAL! Nottingham Forest 1-0 Aston Villa (Dennis, 15)

Gibbs-White swings the free-kick from the right onto the head of Dennis, who is unmarked and nods home from seven yards. Huge moment for Forest, but they have given up leads before.

Nottingham Forest's Emmanuel Dennis (right) heads home to open the scoring in their Premier League match against Aston Villa.
Nottingham Forest’s Emmanuel Dennis (right) heads the ball… Photo: Mike Egerton/PA
Nottingham Forest's Emmanuel Dennis heads home to open the scoring in their Premier League match against Aston Villa.
And the home team has the lead. Photo: Peter Powell/Reuters
Nottingham Forest's Emmanuel Dennis celebrates his first goal with his teammates in front of the ecstatic Forest fans.
Dennis celebrates his goal with his teammates in front of the ecstatic Forest fans. Photo: Molly Darlington/Action Images/Reuters

14 minutes: Johnson cuts in and sends a cross into the box but Dennis is nowhere to be seen and Villa clear. Dennis does better seconds later as he is fouled by Mings on the right to give Forest a free-kick in a dangerous area.

13 minutes: Coutinho hits the free-kick straight into McKenna’s face, which is good news for Forest, but less so for the defender.

12 minutes: Buendia bursts through Freuler and Kouyate and is beaten by them about 25 yards from goal. Coutinho and Douglas Luiz line up…

10 minutes: Defensively, Johnson and Gibbs-White appear to play as utility backs. Cooper is really trying to make Forest harder to break down tonight.

Nottingham Forest's Harry Toffolo beats Aston Villa's John McGinn in the air.
Nottingham Forest’s Harry Toffolo beats Aston Villa’s John McGinn in the air. Photo: Rui Vieira/AP

8 minutes: Forest offer nothing in the final third. Dennis has not yet touched the ball.

Cash breaks down the right but his cross is rather woeful and ends up going out for a throw-in on the opposite side.

6 minutes: Buendia is on deck after a mid-air collision with Freuler. The Argentine appears to have sore ribs after the incident.

4 minutes: Buendia looks to slide a ball through for Watkins, but he is cleaned out in the process by a late error from Toffolo. The left back is lucky to get away without a booking.

Douglas Luiz takes a short corner to McGinn whose shot is blocked. Forest looks a bit flat.

2 minutes: It’s a back fire for Forest. Will Cook be able to handle Watkins? They defend with five across midfield at the moment.

Aston Villa's Emiliano Buendia in action with Nottingham Forest's Morgan Gibbs-White (left) and Remo Freuler.
Aston Villa’s Emiliano Buendia in action with Nottingham Forest’s Morgan Gibbs-White (left) and Remo Freuler. Photo: Molly Darlington/Action Images/Reuters


Beep! Beep! Beep! Here we go!

Cooper comes out to a round of applause from the fans and takes his place in the dugout.

Nottingham Forest fans display a banner of manager Steve Cooper inside the stadium before the match against Aston Villa.
Nottingham Forest fans display a banner of manager Steve Cooper. Photo: Peter Powell/Reuters

Steve Cooper: “I was recently disappointed with the performance and the result at Leicester. After reviewing it, it was far from what we want.

“There have been some strong conversations and reflections that have also come from the players. That’s how we like to work.

“I don’t hide the fact that we have a lot of new players, so we are trying to find the right mix and team. What I will say about changes, it gives opportunities and when you get them, you have to take them.”

“The sight of players like Henderson and Lingard in the squad is a reminder that this club won two European Cups with plenty of ‘rejects’ with a point to prove in Clough and Taylor’s side,” emails to Justin Kavanagh. “Could Kouyaté be the next Kenny Burns? Those days are probably over, but it’s good to see a coach get a chance to at least try to build a new team.”

I think Burns arrived with his best years ahead of him, I’m not sure the same can be said for Kouyate.

A new face at the City Ground. How practical will Filippo Giraldi be? It will be exciting to see what he has planned.

Nottingham Forest sporting director Filippo Giraldi is on the pitch.
Nottingham Forest sporting director Filippo Giraldi is on the pitch. Photo: Mike Egerton/PA

Like some of the readers, I have very fond memories of Monday night in Nottingham, as Martin can confirm.

Oceana still on? It was a Monday, right? Can you get it in MBM?

— Martin Gowans 🌹 (@martingowans) 10 October 2022

That’s five changes in total, a sign of how hard Cooper has found it to whittle down a starting XI following the influx of players. It’s interesting to see Lingard on the bench for this one – he’s really looked off the pace since arriving on a free. The expensive bet looks bad at the moment.

Matty Cash is back where it all started.

I guess it will be a 4-3-3 for Forest because Cooper could use Kouyate at center back and continue with just two central midfielders, but this system has not worked in Premier League after the success of last season.

Some interesting news from the Forest squad as Dennis gets his full league debut, Aurier is preferred at right-back, Steve Cook keeps his place and Cooper looks set to take a three-man central midfield.

Starting lineups

Nottingham Forest (4-3-3): Henderson; Aurier, Cook, McKenna, Toffolo; Kouyate, Freuler, Yates; Gibbs-White, Dennis, Johnson

Subs: Hennessey, Boly, Worrall, Williams, O’Brien, Mangala, Lingard, Awoniyi, Surridge

Aston Villa (4-3-2-1): Martinez; Cash, Konsa, Mings, Young; McGinn, J Ramsey, Douglas Luiz; Buendia, Coutinho; Watkins

Subs: Olsen, Sanson, Ings, Chambers, Bednarek, Dendoncker, Archer, Bogarde, Nakamba


What another week it has been Nottingham Forest Premier League roller coaster. After their 4-0 drubbing of Leicester last Monday, it looked like Steve Cooper’s days at the City Ground were numbered. They have sounded replacements, but in the end Cooper signed a new contract, much to the surprise of many in Nottingham. While not trying to find a new head coach, the club also dealt with claims that their CEO and recruiting team were given their marching orders, which turned out to be untrue.

Forest have four points from eight games after their summer signing of an almost entirely new squad. If they beat Villa tonight, however, they will be just one point behind Steve Gerrard’s side in the table. Admittedly, Forest have lost their last five matches so it is a tough but achievable task ahead of them.

Villa come here as a sideshow, few remember what ground they have done recently because of the circus at the City Ground. They are unbeaten since the end of August and will be optimistic about extending their run against the league’s bottom club.

Let’s hope for a biscuit!

Kick-off: 20:00 BST

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