Taiwo Awoniyi ends Nottingham Forest’s EPL 23-year goal drought
Nigeria International Taiwo Awoniyi has ended Nottingham Forest’s 23-year Premier League goal drought as he scored against West Ham on Sunday.
Until Awoniyi scored today, the last time Forest scored in the Premier League was on May 16, 1999.
Awoniyi scored at 45+2 minutes, just at the stroke of half-time.
Watch the goal below:
Taiwo Awoniyi scored and Dean Henderson saved a Declan Rice penalty as newly promoted Nottingham Forest beat West Ham 1-0 to record their first Premier League win of the season.
The visitors thought they had opened the scoring shortly before the break as Rice slid the ball into Said Benrahma, who slotted it into the corner, but the goal was chalked off after a VAR review due to a foul in the build-up.
Just a few minutes later, Forest were ahead. The hosts worked the ball down the left and into former Hammer Jesse Lingard, whose cushioned effort deflected first off West Ham defender Ben Johnson, then Awoniyi, and into the net with Lukasz Fabianski wrong-footed.
Brennan Johnson thought he had doubled his side’s advantage early into the second half, dinking over the onrushing Fabianski, but VAR ruled the strike out for offside.
West Ham were handed a golden opportunity to restore parity from the spot after Scott McKenna blocked a goalbound shot with his arm in the box but Rice’s tame penalty was saved by Henderson to secure the win.