Resurgent Chelsea Beat Nottingham Forest 3-2


Resurgent Chelsea Beat Nottingham Forest 3-2


Nottingham Forest missed the chance to secure Premier League safety after losing to Chelsea in a five-goal thriller at the City Ground.

A resurgent Chelsea took the lead through their first attack when Mykhailo Mudryk swept home in the eighth minute after a beautifully crafted pass by Cole Palmer.

But after Willy Boly headed Forest level, former Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi sent Forest into a 74th-minute lead with a curling finish from 15 yards.

In an entertaining encounter, substitute Raheem Sterling made it 2-2 before Nicolas Jackson struck an 82nd-minute winner.

Luton’s defeat at West Ham earlier on Saturday meant Forest required one point to confirm a third successive season in the Premier League.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s side have 29 points from 37 games, three more than 18th-placed Luton who also have one match left.

However, Forest also have a superior goal difference, with Luton requiring a 12-goal swing to stay up.

The Reds go to relegated Burnley on the final day on 19 May, while Luton host Fulham.

There were mixed emotions at full-time as Forest missed the chance to make mathematically certain of their place in the Premier League next season.

Instead it will go down to the final day, although it will require a highly unlikely set of circumstances for Forest to go down.

While they have a goal difference of -19, Luton – who must win to draw level with them on points – are on -31.

Nuno and his players walked around the pitch applauding their fans in a show of appreciation after their final home game of the season.

But deep down they will feel this was an opportunity missed, conceding two late goals as Chelsea secured a first Premier League away win since 12 February.

It has been a difficult season with the loss of Brennan Johnson, the sacking of Steve Cooper as well as the four-point punishment for breaching Premier League profit and sustainability rules.

But barring an extraordinary final day, Forest will be back in the top tier next season.