Crystal Palace vs Nottingham

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This is a match of England Premier League 2023/2024, Matchday 8.
Kick off: 16:30 UTC Saturday Oct 7, 2023.

Referee: Craig Pawson, England
Venue: Selhurst Park, London

Crystal Palace vs Nottingham Full Match Reports

Crystal Palace and Nottingham Forest played out an exciting goalless draw at Selhurst Park, which resulted in both teams sharing the points. This means that Crystal Palace have failed to secure a victory against Nottingham Forest in their last seven Premier League encounters.

Forest have had a reputation for being terrible away from home since their return to the Premier League last year. However, their confident performance in south London contradicted that notion. Morgan Gibbs-White’s corner found its way to Harry Toffolo, who took a powerful shot from a far distance that was saved by Sam Johnstone to prevent a goal. The Forest striker made an impressive move to receive Murillo’s well-executed long pass, but unfortunately, his excellent first-time shot hit the post and ended up in the grateful hands of Johnstone. Roy Hodgson appeared frustrated on the sidelines when Jeffrey Schlupp had to leave the field due to injury, thus contributing to his long list of injured players. In Schlupp’s absence, Jesurun Rak-Sakyi was brought into the game.

The hosts had very limited opportunities, but Jordan Ayew had a good chance to score his 300th goal in English football. He grabbed a ball coming into the box, but unfortunately, he shot over the bar. Ayew’s cross-shot was redirected by Matt Turner and ended up in front of Rak-Sakyi, but his attempt was successfully obstructed. Murillo came close to scoring a remarkable goal that could have been considered one of the best of the season. The Brazilian skillfully maneuvered through the Eagles defense but unfortunately struck the ball directly at Johnstone just before the end of the first half.

At half-time, Steve Cooper made a substitution by bringing in Gonzalo Montiel to replace Serge Aurier, who seemed to have suffered an injury during the first half. Early in the second half, the player on loan from Sevilla had his shot obstructed by Marc Guéhi. On the opposite side, Jean-Philippe Mateta lost his footing as he attempted to strike the ball provided by Odsonne Édouard back into the penalty area. Hodgson witnessed Joachim Andersen’s impressive block to prevent Montiel’s hopeful shot, which should have given him confidence in his team’s defensive performance. Palace has excelled at scoring goals in the second half this season, as ten out of their 11 goals were scored after halftime. However, in order to overcome the strong defense of Forest, they needed an exceptionally remarkable effort.

The Tricky Trees almost experienced a memorable moment when Johnstone made a spectacular save to prevent Nicolás Domínguez’s powerful shot from finding the net. However, both teams were unable to score the first goal in Hodgson’s 400th Premier League game as a manager, resulting in a draw. At present, Cooper’s team has only been victorious in one out of their last 15 Premier League matches played away from home. However, they have reasons to feel optimistic about improving this statistic.

Murillo (Nottingham Forest) was awarded the Player of the Match title.