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Nottingham Forest 0-2 Tottenham Hotspur: Ten-man visitors underline top-four aspirations with win at City Ground

Nottingham Forest 0-2 Tottenham Hotspur: Ten-man visitors underline top-four aspirations with win at City Ground

Richarlison scores for Spurs
Richarlison scored in back-to-back Premier League appearances for the first time since May 2022

Ten-man Tottenham condemned Nottingham Forest to a fifth Premier League defeat in six games as they underlined their top-four ambitions at the City Ground.

Richarlison’s third goal in two games set Spurs on their way with the outstanding Dejan Kulusevski sealing victory for Ange Postecoglou’s side who had Yves Bissouma sent off in the 70th minute.

The result moves fifth-placed Tottenham level on points with Manchester City, although the champions have played a game less.

Forest who sit 16th in the table, five points clear of the bottom three, have now won just once in their previous 13 matches in the English top flight, and the outcome of this contest is only likely to increase the pressure on boss Steve Cooper.

His side had their moments and showed plenty of endeavour but lacked the composure and quality in the final third that visitors were able to display in key moments.

Spurs controlled much of the first period, in which they lost Brennan Johnson to a head injury, and deservedly went ahead on the stroke of half-time when Brazil forward Richarlison nodded in from Kulusevski’s superb cross from the right.

The hosts made an encouraging start to the second period and Willy Boly missed arguably their best opportunity to level, blazing over from just inside the visitors’ penalty area.

Cooper’s side also briefly thought they had equalised just before the hour mark but the video assistant referee correctly judged that Anthony Elanga had just strayed offside before sweeping in Neco Williams’ cross.

And two errors from goalkeeper Matt Turner sealed their fate, with the American passing a clearance straight to Kulusevski before allowing Sweden winger powerful drive to beat him at the near post.

Tottenham goalkeeper Guglielmo Vicario’s reaction save from Harry Toffolo’s point-blank header and a moment of miscommunication between Elanga and the Forest left-wing back summed up an unproductive evening for the hosts in the final third.

Kulusevski takes centre stage on difficult night for Cooper

While Son Heung-min played a starring role in Spurs’ thrashing of Newcastle last Sunday, Kulusevski was their inspiration at the City Ground.

The former Juventus man was a constant source of danger and excelled after switching to the right flank with Johnson going off with a cut to the head after a nasty clash with his former teammate Boly.

Kulusevski’s curling and pacey delivery for Richarlison’s opener left Turner in no man’s land and gave the Brazilian as easy chance as any to register goals in consecutive games for the first time as a Tottenham player.

And when Forest looked to be rallying, Kulusevski got the goal his performance deserved, shifting the ball away from Moussa Niakhate and emphatically driving it past Turner to give his side a valuable cushion.

With captain Son expected to feature for South Korea at the Asian Cup in January, Kulusevski’s form and that of Richarlison – who was described as a “goalmouth monster” by his manager – have come at the right time.

“He [Dejan Kulusevski] has been great for us all year. He started in the middle for us today, looked dangerous, then when Brennan [Johnson] went off he went back out wide and had the quality of delivery,” Postecoglou said.

However, the former Celtic and Australia boss will be far from happy about an impending four-match suspension for Bissouma, who was sent off for the second time this season for an almost knee-high tackle on Ryan Yates.

The reception given to Cooper as the teams emerged before kick-off left little doubt that he still commands the firm support of the Forest fans.

And given the way his side went about their business there is little to suggest that the Forest players are not putting in a shift for their manager.

Still, their next home game against Bournemouth on 23 December takes on added significance if he is to retain the confidence of owner Evangelos Marinakis.

Player of the match

KulusevskiDejan Kulusevski

with an average of 8.68

Nottingham Forest

  1. Squad number7Player nameN Williams

  2. Squad number40Player nameMurillo

  3. Squad number22Player nameYates

  4. Squad number30Player nameBoly

  5. Squad number10Player nameGibbs-White

  6. Squad number15Player nameToffolo

  7. Squad number19Player nameNiakhaté

  8. Squad number5Player nameMangala

  9. Squad number21Player nameElanga

  10. Squad number8Player nameKouyaté

  11. Squad number1Player nameTurner

  12. Squad number14Player nameHudson-Odoi

  13. Squad number28Player nameDanilo

  14. Squad number11Player nameWood

Tottenham Hotspur

  1. Squad number21Player nameKulusevski

  2. Squad number13Player nameVicario

  3. Squad number33Player nameDavies

  4. Squad number9Player nameRicharlison

  5. Squad number7Player nameSon Heung-min

  6. Squad number23Player namePorro

  7. Squad number17Player nameRomero

  8. Squad number38Player nameUdogie

  9. Squad number29Player nameSarr

  10. Squad number4Player nameSkipp

  11. Squad number5Player nameHøjbjerg

  12. Squad number22Player nameJohnson

  13. Squad number12Player nameEmerson Royal

  14. Squad number36Player nameVéliz

  15. Squad number8Player nameBissouma


Nottm Forest

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Turner
  • 30BolySubstituted forWoodat 68′minutes
  • 40Santiago Costa dos SantosBooked at 82mins
  • 19Niakhaté
  • 7N Williams
  • 22Yates
  • 5MangalaSubstituted forHudson-Odoiat 83′minutes
  • 8KouyatéSubstituted forDaniloat 68′minutes
  • 15ToffoloBooked at 90mins
  • 21Elanga
  • 10Gibbs-White


  • 11Wood
  • 14Hudson-Odoi
  • 16Domínguez
  • 23Vlachodimos
  • 27Origi
  • 28Danilo
  • 29Montiel
  • 32Omobamidele
  • 43Aina


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 13Vicario
  • 23Porro
  • 17Romero
  • 33DaviesBooked at 73mins
  • 38UdogieBooked at 42mins
  • 29SarrBooked at 54mins
  • 8BissoumaBooked at 70mins
  • 22JohnsonSubstituted forSkippat 32′minutes
  • 21KulusevskiSubstituted forVélizat 90+9′minutes
  • 7Son Heung-minBooked at 79minsSubstituted forEmerson Royalat 88′minutes
  • 9RicharlisonSubstituted forHøjbjergat 72′minutes


  • 4Skipp
  • 5Højbjerg
  • 11Gil
  • 12Emerson Royal
  • 15Dier
  • 20Forster
  • 36Véliz
  • 63Donley
  • 65Dorrington

Jarred Gillett


Match Stats

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  1. Match ends, Nottingham Forest 0, Tottenham Hotspur 2.

  2. Second Half ends, Nottingham Forest 0, Tottenham Hotspur 2.

  3. Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Alejo Véliz replaces Dejan Kulusevski.

  4. Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Neco Williams.

  5. Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Cristian Romero.

  6. Neco Williams (Nottingham Forest) hits the right post with a left footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Chris Wood.

  7. Foul by Pape Matar Sarr (Tottenham Hotspur).

  8. Moussa Niakhaté (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Attempt blocked. Morgan Gibbs-White (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Moussa Niakhaté.

  10. Offside, Nottingham Forest. Anthony Elanga is caught offside.

  11. Attempt blocked. Moussa Niakhaté (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  12. Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Pedro Porro.

  13. Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Murillo.

  14. Attempt blocked. Pedro Porro (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Pierre-Emile Højbjerg.

  15. Harry Toffolo (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  16. Emerson Royal (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Foul by Harry Toffolo (Nottingham Forest).

  18. Attempt missed. Anthony Elanga (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Callum Hudson-Odoi with a cross.

  19. Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Emerson Royal replaces Son Heung-Min.

  20. Destiny Udogie (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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