Soccer

Stoke City
versus Nottingham Forest Sky Bet Championship

Tuesday 29 December 2020, 8:00 p.m.

Bet365 Stadium

Report and highlights from the Sky Bet Championship clash between Stoke City and Nottingham Forest at bet365 when an own goal from James Chester canceled Jordan Thompson’s opener for the Potters

An own goal from Stoke captain James Chester earned struggling Nottingham Forest a key championship point after a 1-1 draw on a foggy night at Bet365 Stadium

Jordan Thompson rolled the hosts out of a corner in the first half, but his attempt was abandoned in the second half when Chester spun through his own net

Forest had the better late chances but was wasteful in front of goal and the teams shared the booty

Both teams had only won one of their last five games, with the Potters knowing a win could put them back into the play-off places

It was the low visitors who started the brightener when Joe Worrall looked a corner after 15 minutes

That brought Stoke to life when returning Sam Vokes saw goalkeeper Brice Samba try before the home team took the lead thanks to a bizarre goal

Thompson’s Inswinging Corner was not attacked by Lewis Grabban at the near post The ball hit Samba and, to the confusion of the Forest defenders, snuggled into the net

Both teams played some good moves in a row in the first half, but the attackers did little to disturb their respective goalkeepers in the first 45 minutes

Joe Allen, who made his first start to the campaign, shot over the bar after 52 minutes, but the first big chance of the half fell to the visitors

Full-back Cyrus Christie cut in from the left and saw his 20-yard shot ripple just off the right post from Joe Bursik

Stoke couldn’t clear a corner properly and Anthony Knockaert’s welcoming cross was hit by the head of Stoke skipper Chester, who was stuck in his own net

20 minutes before the end, thick fog fell on the Bet365 stadium, but despite the difficult visibility, both sides were looking for a winner

Substitute Lyle Taylor missed a chance 10 minutes from time when he turned a cross from Joe Lolley before Michael O’Neill’s side had Bursik to thank for earning them a point on death

John Obi Mikel’s stray pass allowed Cafu to play one-on-one with the goalkeeper, but the England U21 international did enough to thwart the Forest man

Michael O’Neill of Stoke: “I thought we were very good in the first half and were in control of the game. In the second half the terms were really kind of a lottery, but there was no doubt that Forest had the best of the second half They got chances from our bad decisions, but in defense of the players the conditions were very, very difficult and at first sight a draw was a fair result

“Late on the goalkeeper, Jon (Obi Mikel) saved a blind pass and couldn’t see the boy The color of their shirts and conditions made it difficult We took a deserved but happy lead and I thought we played well I thought , their substitutions might upset our rhythm a bit. In an ideal scenario, I wouldn’t have undressed Joe Allen, but it was unrealistic to expect him to play 90 minutes “

Nottingham Forest’s Chris Hughton: “Again, we really should have won the game after conceding such a bad goal in the first half”I think we got a really good reaction from the side. It looks like a while but it opened up to us as such and when it did we started and only one team seemed to be against a really good team win

“I have to admit they were a threat, they had chances too, Cafu had the best chances of the game and we had players who came in really good areas like Anthony Knockaert and Joe Lolley when you get here and so early Going 1-0 down you need a reaction and we have that and we wanted to win. We earned three points and to convert draws into wins we need a bit of luck to fall in love “

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