Newcastle United 2-3 Nottingham Forest – Match report and player ratings

A brace from Jason Cummings and a goal from Tyler Walker was enough to condemn Newcastle United to their third defeat in a row against Nottingham Forest.

Aleksandar Mitrovic got Newcastle off to a quick start when Rolando Aarons made a bursting run at the defense before slotting the ball into the Serbian who blasted the ball beyond Jordan Smith.

Forest then took control of the game and replied with two goals from Jason Cummings. The first being a deft header from a Zach Clough cross and the second being a delightful chip over Karl Darlow after a long ball from Danny Fox.

Newcastle equalized on the brink of half time when Mo Diame’s first-time pass found Aarons who took a touch and smashed the ball into the top corner from just outside the box.

The game then went into extra-time and that is when Jack Hobbs rose highest to meet a corner, his header receiving a slight touch off Tyler Walker to go beyond Darlow.

Forest made six changes from their win against Middlesbrough on Saturday. Meanwhile, Newcastle made ten changes and gave starts to youngsters Dan Barlaser and Jamie Sterry. Henri Saivet, Jesus Gamez and Grant Hanley were all given their first starts of the season to hopefully impress potential buyers.

Both teams had chances to win the game. However, Newcastle had to resort to taking shots from range as they lacked the ability to break down a solid Forest defense. Mo Diame’s effort from the halfway line and Jacob Murphy’s curling effort from outside the box were the closest the Magpies came.

Meanwhile, Cummings nearly grabbed his hat-trick on 89 minutes when his free kick looked to have Karl Darlow beaten but crashed against the bar. Both

Player ratings

Newcastle United: Darlow 6, Sterry 5.5, Mbemba 6, Hanley 3, Gamez 5,  Aarons 7.5, Barlaser 6, Saivet 6.5, Murphy 5, Diame 6, Mitrovic 6.5.

Substitutes: Lazaar 4, Hayden 6, Ritchie 5.5, Joselu 5.

Nottingham Forest: Smith 6, Lichaj 5.5, Mancienne 7, Worrall 7, Fox 6.5, Osborn 6.5, Clough 7, Bouchalakis 5.5, Brereton 6, Cummings 9, Dowell 6.5.

Substitutes: McKay 6, Hobbs 6.5, Walker 7, Murphy 6.5.

Nottingham Forest were drawn away to Chelsea in the draw. However, its three losses in a row for Benitez’s Newcastle. Can they turn things around against West Ham on Saturday?

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