Swansea vs N Forest
Sky Bet Ch’ship
3:00pm Saturday 14th September
The Liberty Stadium
As a late winner struck for Nottingham Forest in the Liberty 19, swansea missing their unbeaten record.
Substitute Semedo, on loan from Benfica, struck his first Forest goal five minutes from the time to stretch his side’s unbeaten run to eight matches with a 1-0 success.
A thorn in the side throughout of Swansea, lewis Grabban, broke down the perfect flank and shook the interest of Matt Grimes off to roll on the ball into Semedo’s route and he made no mistake from six metres.
It had been no longer than Forest deserved from a Swansea side, that remain top of this Sky Bet Championship but might have secured their best ever start to a year with a sixth win.
Swansea were gifted a historical opener when Forest goalkeeper Brice Samba hesitated on the ball near profiting and Borja Baston came.
But Forest would be the better side for large areas of the first half and sliced after 16 minutes throughout the Swansea defence.
Joao Carvalho flicked Yuri Ribeiro’s cross into the path and the striker compelled a full-length rescue from Freddie Woodman of Sammy Ameobi.
Forest went even closer when the cross of Ameobi was only cleared as far as Ben Watson 20 metres out.
It was turned by the midfielder onto the Swansea crossbar.
Samba Sow also slit wide as Mike van der Hoorn and defenders Jake Bidwell attempted risky efforts from 30, and Swansea’s frustration at failing to build pressure was clear.
The Forest goal wasn’t jeopardized on either occasion, but Michael Dawson reacted smartly to block the effort of Borja at the post two minutes.
After the interval and Grabban latched to Bersant Celina’s back pass to set up Carvalho for a chance which Woodman kicked off at his post forest remained bright.
Celina was soon substituted after that lapse and Swansea gained some momentum that was overdue when Andre Ayew led Bidwell’s cross.
However, Woodman was into the rescue and Joe Rodon , back after making his debut for Wales from international duty, obstructed Sow’s attempt from the corner.
Ayew was becoming a growing influence on the competition before winning and Samba was tested by him with a minimal drive.
Forest continued to stand firm and the powerful functioning and unselfish attitude of Grabban finally sealed the things.
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