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- Nottingham Forest stunned Chelsea at Stamford Bridge with a 1-0 win
- First win at Stamford Bridge in this century for Nottingham Forest
- The pressure increases on Mauricio Pochettino after yet another underwhelming performance
Chelsea Player Ratings: Underwhelming Throughout
Robert Sanchez 6/10 – Not many mistakes apart from a poor throw
Axel Disasi 5/10 – Could have covered better for the goal conceded
Thiago Silva 5/10 – Struggled to deal with Awoniyi
Ben Chilwell 7/10 – Decent offensive threat on the left side but teammates could not take advantage of some excellent balls
Malo Gusto 4/10 – Very poor offensive threat throughout the match
Levi Colwill 6/10 – Mediocre performance down the left-hand side of the defence
Conor Gallagher 5/10 – Booked and subbed in an underwhelming performance
Enzo Fernandez 5/10 – Unable to get his shooting or passing boats throughout the match
Moises Caicedo 5/10 – Made some trademark tackles but was caught off-guard on several occasions
Raheem Sterling 6/10 – Average threat in the first half that eventually dwindled with less space in the second
Nicolas Jackson 3/10 – Missed a sitter and failed to get any decent shots at goal
Chukwunonso Madueke 6/10 – Tried to instigate a comeback with dribbles and offensive pushes
Cole Palmer 6/10 – Decent cameo appearance without a huge threat
Mykhailo Mudryk 4/10 – Looks woefully short of confidence
Ian Maatsen 5/10 – Mediocre impact after arriving as a substitute
Nottingham Forest Player Ratings: A Win to Remember for Steve Cooper
Matt Turner 6/10 – A solid performance
Willy Boly 6/10 – Scored inadvertently from a set piece situation
Joe Worrall 8/10 – Kept Nicolas Jackson quiet through the game
Scott McKenna 8/10 – Barely provided space for the Chelsea attackers
Serge Aurier 6/10 – Mediocre performance to offer some defensive discipline
Ryan Yates 6/10 – Shielded the defence from any major threats
Orel Mangala 6/10 – Restricted Chelsea only to long shots
Ola Aina 5/10 – Unable to contain Sterling on several occasions
Danilo 7/10 – Strong threat down the right-hand side for Forest throughout the game
Morgan Gibbs-White 7/10 – Gave the ball away on a handful of occasions
Taiwo Awoniyi 8/10 – Silenced Stamford Bridge with a brilliant assist
Nuno Tavares 6/10 – Stayed solid under immense pressure towards the end
Cheikhou Kouyate 5/10 – Failed to make a significant impression
Anthony Elanga 8/10 – Excellent finish to get the winner
Chris Wood 6/10 – Unable to see much of the ball
Gonzalo Montiel 6/10 – Decent cameo appearance late in the game
Chelsea vs Nottingham Forest Match Summary and Highlights
Chelsea fell to a 1-0 loss against Nottingham Forest at home to increase the pressure on new boss Mauricio Pochettino. After an even first half, Nottingham Forest took the lead in surprise circumstances just after the break. However, the visitors would have been bemused about the lack of a threat from Chelsea even after going 1-0 down.
The Blues were struggling to create chances throughout the game with the midfielders especially being unable to find their man. Meanwhile, Forest were not too defensive throughout the game, but Chelsea failed to make the most of the channels.
Nicolas Jackson was not given any space by the Forest backline and this made it quite difficult for the former Villarreal forward to make his trademark runs. Even though Ben Chilwell provided some excellent balls from the left-hand side, the lack of space in the box meant that Jackson or Sterling failed to take advantage of the same.
Even as Pochettino tried to instigate a comeback with his substitutions, Forest held on for a relatively comfortable victory. Nicolas Jackson had the best chance for Chelsea but he managed to miss an open goal from a few yards out towards the end.
After having dropped the highest number of points from winning positions last season, this was a huge relief for Nottingham Forest boss Steve Cooper, who watched his team lose a two-goal lead to Manchester United only last weekend.
Man of the Match: Taiwo Awoniyi
Taiwo Awoniyi came into the game after having scored in seven consecutive matches. He might have been unable to continue his incredible scoring streak, but the forward ultimately provided the assist for Anthony Elanga to score. Awoniyi might have been one of the toughest players Thiago Silva has had to deal with in recent times. Even though the number nine was substituted after just an hour, he had already provided a huge contribution to Forest.
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