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Forest 1-2 West Bromwich Albion

3 August 2019

Nottingham Forest tasted defeat on the opening day of the season as West Bromwich Albion came from behind to win at The City Ground.

Matty Cash had given Forest a great start with an early goal but Albion struck back through Kyle Edwards and Matty Phillips to secure victory and compound The Reds to their first home defeat on the opening day of the season in 36 years.

A first competitive game for Sabri Lamouchi saw him hand debuts to Aro Muric, Alfa Semedo, Tiago Silva and Albert Adomah and The Reds made a bright start to the game.

Pressing their opponents and keeping possession nicely, Jack Robinson found himself unmarked at the back post but saw his shot blocked then Tiago Silva’s effort from the edge of the box was closed down as Forest searched for the opener.

They didn’t have to wait long, however, and it came through a fine strike by Cash on nine minutes. Playing at right back, Cash linked up well with Albert Adomah on the right, playing a one-two before unleashing a half-volley which hammered by Sam Johnstone in the Albion goal.

A perfect start for Forest but the visitors found the perfect response as they levelled on 15 minutes. Kyle Edwards worked his way into the penalty area on the Albion left-hand side before drilling a shot towards the far corner which evaded the grasp of Aro Muric.

On 26 minutes Muric was caught out by a freak effort by Matt Phillips as The Baggies turned the game right on its head. The winger picked the ball up on the right and overhit a cross, but the pace on the ball caught out Muric as the ball sailed over his head and into the net.

The Reds went in behind at the break and it could have been three for Albion on the hour mark as Edwards got a shot in at the far post but Muric was equal to it to keep the ball out.

Forest found it difficult to create any clear-cut openings against a strong Albion rearguard, but as the clock ticked towards 90 a few half-chances fell their way.

Alfa Semedo blasted an effort just over following a strong run through the middle of the pitch, Michael Dawson had a stinging shot well blocked inside the area following a corner and substitute Sammy Ameobi glanced a header just wide of the target as all hope of a result faded away for The Reds.

A defeat at home on the opening day of the season for the first time since 1983 for Forest but they have a chance to bounce straight back against Leeds next weekend.

Forest: Muric, Cash, Dawson (c), Worrall, Robinson, Semedo (Johnson 88’), Watson, Silva (Mir 62’), Lolley (Ameobi 72’), Adomah, Grabban

Unused subs: Smith, Ribeiro, Figueiredo, Richardson

Goal: Cash 9’

West Brom: Johnstone, Ferguson, Bartley, Ajayi, Gibbs (Townsend 72’), Livermore (c), Sawyers, Krovinovic, Phillips, Edwards (Harper 81’), Zohore (Burke 63’)

Unused subs: Bond, O’Shea, Furlong, Leko

Goals: Edwards 15’, Phillips 26’

Booking: Sawyers 85’

Referee: Darren England

Attendance: 27,592 (1,991 away)

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