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Newcastle 1-3 Nott Forest — Match Report: Buried alive

No points at SJP is a new worrying development.

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Nottingham Forest visited Newcastle last Tuesday entering the week having won just three of their 18 Premier League games this season. They emerged victorious, 3-1, against a Magpies squad that is starting to show worrying issues weekly and currently at the same distance of the relegation places as they are to the top of the English top-flight division.

Adding Wood to the fire (pun super intended), the former Newcastle forward was the man putting the Magpies to the sword in the first win of Forest in their last eight games breaking a seven-game losing streak under the guidance of new manager Nuno Espirito Santo.

If you remember, Newcastle sold Wood to Nott Forest last summer just mere months after the Magpies bouth him for £25 million. All he did on Tuesday: scoring a smooth hat trick and laugh at the face of an ever-questioned Eddie Howe and his minions.

Newcastle initially took the lead in the 23rd minute with a penalty scored by Alexander Isak. However, they failed to capitalize on several chances to extend their lead, and they surely ended paying for those miscues. Forest equalized just before the first half ended, with Morgan Gibbs-White making a crucial run and passing to Anthony Elanga, who then set up Wood for an easy goal.

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Already in the second half, Forest took the lead in the 53rd minute. Wood capitalized on a pass from Elanga that went past Dan Burn and scored. Shortly thereafter, Wood completed his hat trick, rounding goalkeeper Martin Dubravka thanks to a through-ball from Murillo.

Newcastle attempted and absolutely failed at mounting a comeback that was never truly happening, with Isak and Lewis Miley coming close to scoring but not finding the net.

The win helped Forest out of the relegation zone and into 16th place in the league standings, while Newcastle’s fourth loss in five league matches kept them in seventh place and looking at a very long second half of the season that can only be better and that, if things don’t change a lot, might see Howe sacked and a replacement put in his place.

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