Nottingham Forest of England striker, Sammy Ameobi got one of the goals that fetched his side a shock win in the English Championship, thereby taking them up to fourth place on the log and just a point behind promotion chasing Leeds United, megasportsarena.com reports.
Ameobi opened scoring in his side’s 2-0 victory over Marcelo Bielsa’s team at City Ground, as his 31st-minute strike swerved past Kiko Casilla at the near post to give the hosts the lead, and put their visitors in doubt of returning top of the Championship.
Lewis Grabban wasted a glorious opportunity to extend Forest’s advantage early in the second half, firing a shot straight at Casilla with plenty of the goal to aim at, after which Brice Samba clawed the ball off his own goal line to keep out Liam Cooper’s header late in the game as Sabri Lamouchi’s held onto their advantage.
Forest enjoyed a fast start with Grabban scuffing an effort wide in the seventh minute, before Tiago Silva had a long-range effort saved by Casilla three minutes later.
Referee Oliver Langford waved away strong shouts for a home penalty after Cooper appeared to tug back Joe Worrall following a corner.
Silva was again thwarted by the Leeds shot-stopper with another long-range effort in the 13th minute as Forest stepped up the pressure.
Patrick Bamford made a mess of a header from a Pablo Hernandez cross, before Ezgjan Alioski had a shot deflected out for a corner.
Ameobi fired Forest when he beat Casilla at his near post, extending Leeds’ unwanted record of having gone behind in every game since December 14.
Hernandez had a shot easily blocked on the stroke of half-time as the visitors continued to look flat up front, before Grabban missed his sitter – shooting straight at a prone Casilla after Forest had caught Leeds on the counter-attack.
Silva had a shot well-blocked by Ben White as he looked to guide the ball into the bottom corner in the 64th minute.
An unmarked Copper directed a powerful header straight at the keeper from a 75th minute corner, before the Forest keeper palmed the loose ball away on the goal-line, but Tyler Walker wrapped up the win in the fourth minute of stoppage time, tapping in after Joe Lolley had set him up after robbing Harrison of the ball.
Liam Cooper came within mere inches of adding a crucial equaliser for Leeds late on, but Ameobi’s side finally made the game safe deep into stoppage time through Walker’s 94th minute effort, which secured what could prove to be a crucial three points in the race for promotion to the English Premier League.
Saturday’s victory also sees Ameobi’s side move to within two points of the second-tier league leaders, West Bromwich Albion, who now have the chance to extend their lead at the top when they travel to Millwall on Sunday.
However, it’s still very congested at the top following wins for Forest, Fulham and Brentford on Saturday, with the top seven teams separated by six points as this enthralling race for automatic promotion continues.