Nottingham Forest vs Burnley player ratings: Clarets denied a later winner by VAR

Nottingham Forest vs Burnley player ratings: Clarets denied a later winner by VAR
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  • Nottingham Forest and Burnley share the points in a 1-1 slugfest at the City Ground.
  • Zeki Amdouni gave Vincent Kompany’s side the lead in the first half but a Callum Hudson-Odoi screamer levelled things up in the second half.
  • Lyle Foster thought he’d won it late on for Burnley but the goal was ruled out for a handball against Sander Berge. The forward was then sent off just minutes later.

Nottingham Forest player ratings:

Matt Turner 7/10 – Positive in everything that he did and couldn’t have stopped the Burnley opener.

Gonzalo Montiel 4/10 – Had a nightmare against Koleosho and was subbed off early.

Joe Worrall 5/10 – Was beaten far too easily for Burnley’s opener.

Scott McKenna 5/10 – Like Worral, also struggled against pace and was bailed out by VAR late on.

Ola Aina 6/10 – Made some nice runs forward and looked a threat but his defending wasn’t great.

Orel Mangala 7/10 – The pick of the Forest midfielders and provided his team with plenty of energy.

Ibrahim Sangare 6/10 – Slashed at a few half chances and was sloppy in possession at times.

Anthony Elanga 7/10 – Looked a threat every time he received the ball and had a good battle with Charlie Taylor.

Morgan Gibbs-White 7/10 – Unquestionably Forest’s main man. Things just didn’t quite come off for him on the night.

Callum Hudson-Odoi 8/10 – Hudson-Odoi’s best performance in England in a couple of years. Topped of with a stunning goal.

Taiwo Awoniyi 7/10 – A handful for anyone and linked up with Gibbs-White nicely.


Nuno Tavares 6/10 – Coped better than Montiel against Koleosho

Ryan Yates 6/10 – Did okay, but did nothing spectacular.

Divock Origi 5/10 – Had absolutely no impact on the game.

Chris Wood N/A

Burnley player ratings:

James Trafford 7/10 – Sweeped well when Forest tried to go over the top. Could never have saved Hudson-Odoi’s goal.

Connor Roberts 6/10 – Struggled against Hudson-Odoi but never gave up.

Ameen Al Dakhil 5/10 – Was bullied by Awoniyi but it was a lesson that he will learn from.

Jordan Beyer 7/10 – Brings the ball out with ease and is also tenacious in the tackle. A player to keep an eye on this season.

Charlie Taylor 6/10 – Grafted hard against Elanga but didn’t do enough in an attacking sense.

Josh Cullen 7/10 – Really impressive in the first half with his passing and ball progression.

Josh Brownhill 7/10 – Like a terrier in midfield and won the ball back for his team high up the pitch on several occasions.

Johann Berg Gudmundsson 5/10 – Was never really in the game and was hooked early on in the second half.

Zeki Amdouni 7/10 – Took his goal really nicely and looks like a talent on the ball. Must improve his application off the ball, though.

Luca Koleosho 8/10 – Looks like an absolute gem of a player. Gets the ball and drives at his full-back – a breath of fresh air.

Lyle Foster 4/10 – Had a goal chalked off by VAR and then lost his head and got sent off.


Anass Zaroury 6/10 – Did okay when he came on.

Sander Berge 6/10 – Made a great driving run for the disallowed goal but did lean into it with his arm.

Mike Tresor Ndayishimiye N/A

Hannes Delcroix N/A

Nottingham Forest vs Burnley match summary and highlights

Despite only being five games into the Premier League season, tonight’s match between Nottingham Forest and Burnley felt like a very important one for both teams, particularly Burnley after yet another loss last weekend. While no one wants to think about relegation at this stage of the season, both sides are expected to be in and around the drop zone so this was a chance to strike a significant blow.

The game was a relatively exciting affair, even if it lacked top quality at times. Neither side could be accused of playing it safe and both attacked in numbers throughout. It was Burnley who got the first goal of the game when new signing, Zeki Amdouni, rifled in a stunning first-time finish from the edge of the box following some excellent wing play from Luca Koleosho.

The home side came out in the second half with a point to prove and piled the pressure on immediately. Eventually, that pressure told when Callum Hudson-Odoi picked the ball up on the edge of the Burnley box on the hour mark and bent one in off the far post with the inside of his right foot.

Both sides spent the remaining half an hour pushing for a winner, and Vincent Kompany thought his team had won in the 86th minute when Lyle Foster found the back of the net after a driving run from Sander Berge. Unfortunately for the Clarets, VAR ruled that Berge had handled the ball when initially controlling it.

That wasn’t the end of the drama, however, as Lyle Foster’s petulance just a few minutes later earned him a red card. He will now miss Burnley’s next match against Manchester United.

Player of the match: Callum Hudson-Odoi

As far as debuts go, it doesn’t get much better than this for Callum Hudson-Odoi. He was a nuisance throughout and consistently got the better of Connor Roberts down Forest’s left-hand side. He rounded his impressive display off with a stunning finish that is an early contender for goal of the season.

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