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In a spectacular display against his former club, Chris Wood secured a hat-trick for Nottingham Forest, propelling them to their maiden victory under Nuno Espírito Santo with a 3-1 triumph over Newcastle United at St. James’ Park in the Premier League (PL).
Still stinging from a late defeat to Bournemouth in their previous outing, Forest nearly seized the lead within three minutes. Morgan Gibbs-White’s shot from inside the box veered just wide. However, Newcastle capitalized on their first attempt on goal midway through the half. Alexander Isak, maintaining his flawless penalty record at the club, calmly slotted the ball into the bottom corner from the spot after being fouled in the box, giving the hosts a lead for the 10th consecutive home game.
Despite Newcastle’s advantage, Forest posed a constant threat on the counter. Anthony Elanga’s shot, saved by Martin Dúbravka, missed the opportunity for a goal, with Wood in a prime position to score. In added time, a role reversal saw Elanga crossing to Wood, who, this time, tapped in his fifth PL goal of the season, leveling the match. The action continued, with Isak denied a second goal by Matt Turner’s save from close-range header, followed by Turner thwarting a determined Miguel Almirón.
The equalizer injected confidence into Forest for the second half. Gibbs-White missed a glorious opportunity seconds in, flicking a header wide from Elanga’s exquisite cross. Elanga, the creative force, orchestrated another goal-scoring moment as he set up Wood to delicately chip over Dúbravka, doubling his tally and giving Forest the lead.
Wood’s luck continued on the hour mark when Murillo provided a through ball, and with confidence aplenty, he rounded Dúbravka to slot into an empty net, completing a memorable hat-trick. Newcastle attempted a swift response, with 17-year-old Lewis Miley narrowly missing the target before Turner denied Isak once again just yards from goal.
Forest successfully held on, securing three crucial points in their battle against relegation. Nuno maintained his unbeaten record against both Newcastle and Eddie Howe. In contrast, the Magpies faced more concerns with six defeats in seven competitions, raising questions about their aspirations for UEFA Champions League qualification next season.
Man of the Match: Chris Wood (Nottingham Forest).