Premier League: Awoniyi Fires Blanks as Forest Hold Burnley

Nottingham Forest’s top striker, Taiwo Awoniyi,  was effectively caged as his team played a 1-1 draw with visiting Burnley last night.

Former Manchester City defender, Vincent Kompany who is now the Head coach of Burnley, plotted a game plan that took out the Nigerian international. The game-plan worked until two minutes to end of the match when Chris Wood came on as substitute for the Nigerian.

Former Chelsea star, Callum Hudson-Odoi, scored a glorious equaliser on his Nottingham Forest debut to earn the draw against Burnley.

The Clarets looked to be controlling the game but deadline day signing Hudson-Odoi had other ideas, curling a stunning strike into the top corner on the hour mark from an assist by Awoniyi.

Burnley had taken a first-half lead through Zeki Amdouni’s well-taken shot into the bottom corner after fine work by the lively teenager  Luca Koleosho with Nigerian ancestry.

Swiss striker Amdouni, who scored the winner here in the Carabao Cup just 20 days ago, had already given goalkeeper Matt Turner a warning sign with a stinging drive from range before netting a cool finish.

Kompany’s visitors thought they had grabbed the winner 12 minutes from time when Lyle Foster stroked in from close range, but it was ruled out for a handball by Sander Berge in the build-up.

Burnley’s night then ended on a sour note when top scorer Foster was sent off for violent conduct in injury time, after a needless off-the-ball elbow on Ryan Yates.

Following three straight defeats, the result allows Burnley to get off the mark this season, while Forest have made a decent start to the campaign with seven points from five games.

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