In association with Football Index, we take a look back at a classic match as Nottingham Forest played out a thrilling 5-5 draw with Aston Villa in the 2018-19 season...
Aston Villa 5-5 Nottingham Forest
(Abraham 11', 14' pen 36', 71', El Ghazi 75'; Grabban 3', 82', Carvalho 6', Cash 22', Lolley 51')
The Reds went into the match on the back of an impressive win and display at Hull City previously, and they could not have wished for a better start as after just six minutes they found themselves two up. Lewis Grabban was the first to poke home on three minutes after a perfect delivery from Joe Lolley and Lolley was again the provider three minutes later when his through ball was finished off by Joao Carvalho to double Forest's lead.
Villa hit back with two Tammy Abraham goals in the space of four minutes before Matty Cash put The Reds back in front after just 22 minutes. Lolley with his third assist of the match and there was more to come from the former Huddersfield man, but Abraham claimed his hat-trick to level the scores at the break.
Forest started brightly after the interval and after assisting all of The Reds' goals so far, Lolley got his name on the scoresheet with a thunderbolt from long range to put Forest 4-3 up. After the visitors were reduced to 10 men due to a harsh red card for Tobias Figueiredo, the hosts levelled again and again it was the Chelsea loanee Abraham with the finish from a Jack Grealish free-kick.
Villa made the most of the extra man advantage and found themselves in front for the first time when Anwar El Ghazi curled in a shot from the edge of the box. However, Forest's fighting spirit was not broken and Grabban, the man who had opened the scoring, got the final goal to round off the scoring and secure a point for The Reds.
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