Swansea vs N Forest
Sky Bet Ch’boat
3:00pm Saturday 14th September
The Liberty Stadium
Swansea dropped their unbeaten record as a late winner struck for Nottingham Forest.
Substitute Semedo, on loan from Benfica, struck his Forest goal five minutes from time to stretch his side’s unbeaten streak to eight matches.
A thorn in the side during of Swansea, lewis Grabban, shook off Matt Grimes’ interest and broke down the perfect flank to roll down the ball and he made no mistake from six metres.
It was longer than Forest deserved against a Swansea side, who remain top of the Sky Bet Championship however could have secured their best ever start to a year with a sixth win from seven games.
When Forest goalkeeper Brice Samba hesitated on the ball, swansea were gifted a historical opener and also Borja Baston came close to profiting.
But Forest were the better side for areas of the first half and chopped throughout the Swansea defence after 16 minutes.
Yuri Ribeiro’s cross was flicked by joao Carvalho in to the striker compelled a full-length save from Freddie Woodman and Sammy Ameobi’s path.
Forest went even closer when the cross of Ameobi was only cleared as far as Ben Watson 20 yards out.
The midfielder led the ball back in the box along with the extending Grabban switched it onto the Swansea crossbar.
Samba Sow slit broad and Swansea’s frustration at failing to build pressure was evident as defenders Jake Bidwell and Mike van der Hoorn tried efforts from space.
The Forest goal was not threatened on either occasion, but Michael Dawson reacted smartly to block Borja’s effort in the near post two minutes before half-time.
After the interval and Grabban latched on to set up Carvalho for an opportunity which Woodman kicked off at his post, forest stayed glowing.
Celina was substituted once Andre Ayew led Bidwell’s cross that lapse and Swansea acquired some momentum that was overdue.
However, Woodman was to the rescue to tip Joe Worrall’s volley about a post and Joe Rodonback from international duty after making his debut for Wales, blocked Sow’s attempt from the resulting corner.
Ayew was becoming a growing impact on the contest and he tested Samba using a drive before winning the kick which saw the Forest goalkeeper punch clear under pressure.
Forest continued to stand firm and Grabban’s powerful running and unselfish attitude eventually sealed the points.
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