Nottingham Forest vs Fulham: Cottagers edge five-goal thriller

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Fulham scored three goals in less than six minutes to turn the game on its head as they won 3-2 at Nottingham Forest.

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Taiwo Awoniyi put Forest ahead but a second half surge grabbed all three points for the Cottagers as Tosin, Joao Palhinha and Harrison Reed all scored to send the away fans wild.

However, Lewis O’Brien did fire home to set up a tense finish for Fulham but Marco Silva’s side held on.

With the win Fulham move on to 11 points, while Forest have just four points from their opening seven games of the season.

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What we learned from Nottingham Forest vs Fulham

Fulham full of confidence: Mitrovic caused chaos, Willian whipped in delightful crosses and Palhinha, Pereira and Reed have a perfect combination of steel and skill in central midfield. This is a proper team that Silva has created. Great balance to them and they look hungry to prove all of their doubters wrong.

Dean Henderson can’t do it all on his own: It got pretty ridiculous in the first half as Henderson made save after save and Forest just couldn’t protect him. Henderson is in the latest England squad for a reason and he’s been superb for Forest early in the season. He’s been getting plenty of reps and he couldn’t have done anything about the goals he conceded.

Tactical focus

Fulham had plenty of the ball, created dangerous chances, forced the issue and as soon as they scored one goal Forest folded. It was very risk to sign as many players as they have and Forest have no rhythm of solidity about them at all. It all looks very disjointed.

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Stars of the show

Dean Henderson: He was the main reason they didn’t concede another three in the first half.

Willian: What an inspired signing he looks like being as he got two assists, always tried to get on the ball and has added experience and class to Fulham’s attack.

Harrison Reed: Got a goal but he makes Fulham tick in midfield. What an unselfish player who always puts the team first.

What’s next?

Nottingham Forest head to local rivals Leicester City on Monday, Oct. 3, while Fulham host Newcastle on Saturday, Oct. 1.

How to watch Nottingham Forest vs Fulham live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 3 pm ET, Friday
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Key storylines & star players

It’s not much of a stretch to say that Fulham have (and will continue to go) as Aleksandar Mitrovic has gone (and will, or will not, continue to go). Fulham’s fiery Serbian striker has scored six goals and netted in five of six games thus far. Fulham players have themselves scored eight goals this season. USMNT left back Antonee Robinson, who was enjoying yet another strong start to the season, will miss out due to an ankle injury he suffered against Tottenham two weeks ago.

As for Forest, things were looking rather rosy in the early days of the season, as Steve Cooper’s side was beaten by Newcastle on the opening day before bouncing back to beat West Ham and draw Everton. Since then, though, it’s been a nightmare defensively. Spurs put two past Forest, including the opener after just five minutes. Man City scored six as Erling Haaland completed his hat trick in the 38th minute. Bournemouth erased a 2-0 deficit, at the City Ground, to come back and win 3-0 last time out.

Nottingham Forest team news, injuries, lineup

OUT: Omar Richards (calf), Moussa Niakhate (thigh), Orel Mangala (undisclosed)

Fulham team news, injuries, lineup

OUT: Antonee Robinson (ankle), Harry Wilson (knee), Manor Solomon (knee)

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