Get ready to witness the full match replay and thrilling highlights of the Nottingham Forest vs Tottenham Hotspur showdown. The action kicks off at 20:00 (GMT) on the 15th of December 2023 at The City Ground. This epic battle is part of the England – Premier League, Week 17, Season 2023/2024, and will be officiated by the esteemed J. Gillett. Don’t miss out on the excitement!
Nottingham Forest vs Tottenham Hotspur Full Match Reports
Dejan Kulusevski orchestrated a spectacular performance, finding the net and creating another goal, propelling 10-man Tottenham Hotspur to their fifth consecutive Premier League (PL) triumph over Nottingham Forest. Ange Postecoglou’s squad temporarily matched fourth-place Manchester City in points, exacerbating the mounting pressure on Forest manager Steve Cooper.
A significant portion of the Tricky Trees’ starting lineup hadn’t experienced a PL victory against Spurs since their last triumph, and early signs indicated a challenging night when Matt Turner made a smart save from Son Heung-min’s close-range attempt within three minutes. Despite this, the hosts gained momentum, with Anthony Elanga exploiting Tottenham’s high defensive line, although his subsequent shot found Guglielmo Vicario.
The near-miss appeared to unsettle Spurs defensively for the remainder of the first half, exacerbated by an injury forcing Brennan Johnson off the pitch. Nonetheless, a silver lining emerged as Kulusevski, shifted to the right flank after Johnson’s exit, delivered a sublime cross for Richarlison to head home, marking the Brazilian’s consecutive goals for the first time in his Tottenham tenure.
The Tricky Trees displayed determination in the second half, with Willy Boly missing a golden opportunity inside the box and Elanga’s seemingly simple finish disallowed for offside. However, their efforts proved futile. Turner’s costly individual error gifted the ball to Kulusevski just after the hour mark, allowing the Swede to capitalize without teammates’ assistance, smashing in at the near post. The game retained its intensity as Yves Bissouma’s high challenge led to his second red card of the campaign, resulting in a four-match ban and setting the stage for a nervy finish.
Harry Toffolo’s close-range header threatened to give the hosts a fighting chance, but Vicario stood resolute, extending Forest’s winless streak to six matches and leaving Cooper desperate for a positive outcome against Bournemouth next weekend. Meanwhile, Spurs secured consecutive victories, rekindling hope in their top-four aspirations, although challenges loom as injuries and suspensions burden Postecoglou.
Man of the Match: Dejan Kulusevski (Tottenham Hotspur).