Nottingham Forest striker Morgan Gibbs-White says they were “cheated by three points” after Saturday’s last-gasp 2-2 draw with Brentford at the City Ground.
Bottom-of-the-table Forest were headed for defeat after Yoane Wiss headed Dean Henderson to make it 2-1 with 15 minutes remaining, while a chaotic own goal from Mathias Jorgensen (90+6) rescued a point for the hosts in the last minute of stoppage time.
Gibbs-White’s deflected shot (20) opened the scoring for Forest, before Bryan Mbeumo converted from the penalty spot (45+3) – after referee Andre Marriner reversed his decision on the pitch thanks to VAR intervention – with what was deemed to be Henderson nailed Wiss.
“I think they cheated us by three points,” Gibbs-White said, while his head coach, Steve Cooper, added: “We’re feeling tough, that’s pretty clear to see.”
Brentford were robbed of their first away win of the season at the death but move up to 10th, while Forest remain bottom of the table, two points from safety.
Nottingham Forest: Henderson (5), Williams (6), Cook (6), McKenna (6), Aurier (6), Freuler (6), Yates (6), Kouyate (7), Gibbs-White (8), Johnson (7 ) ), Denis (6).
Subscriptions: Awoniyi (6), Lingard (6), O’Brien (6), Surridge (6).
Brentford: Raya (6), Roerslev (6), Mee (6), Pinnock (6), Henry (7), Jensen (7), Janelt (6), Dasilva (6), Mbuemo (7), Lewis-Potter (5 ) ), Wissa (8).
Subscriptions: Canos (N/A), Jorgensen (N/A), Ghoddos (N/A), Onyeka (6), Damsgaard (6).
Player of the match: Morgan Gibbs-White.
How Forest saved a point
Forest started to hurt Brentford on the counter attack and gave the visitors big problems for most of the first half. Gibbs-White was the orchestrator for the hosts and his performance was rewarded with a bit of luck as his shot deflected off Ben Mee after 20 minutes to break the deadlock.
Brentford were given their way back into the game when referee Marriner awarded them a penalty for Henderson’s tackle on Wissa when the forward went through on goal. Forest players were angry and gathered in front of the official, after seeing that numerous appeals against the penalty had already been waved away.
- Nottingham Forest have made three changes to their side for the visit of Brentford.
- Emmanuel Dennis, Brennan Johnson and Neco Williams came on for Taiwo Awoniyi, Jesse Lingard and Renan Lodi.
- Ivan Toney is suspended for Brentford, with Keane Lewis-Potter coming in for the England striker.
With regular penalty taker Ivan Toney suspended, Mbeumo took over from the spot and converted with ease, sending Henderson on course to maintain Brentford’s 100 per cent record from the spot in the Premier League. No team has scored so many goals from penalties in the top league without conceding.
Forest fans booed referee Marriner at half-time as tempers flared at the City Ground. The hosts’ afternoon took another turn for the worse when Wissa timed his run perfectly to meet Mathias Jensen’s through ball before spotting Henderson off his line to give Brentford the lead after 15 minutes.
Forest pushed hard for an equaliser, having been the better side for large parts of the game, and finally got the breakthrough in the sixth minute of stoppage time when Gibbs-White’s shot ricocheted off Jorgensen into the net – despite the best efforts of See you on the line.
FPL Stats: Nottingham Forest v Brentford
|Goals||Gibbs-White, Mbuemo, Wissa|
|Assists||Dennis, Wissa, Jensen|
|Bonus points||Gibbs-White (3), Wissa (2), Mbuemo (1)|
Brentford are still looking for an away win in the Premier League this season and are now on a four game winless run. The Bees have particularly struggled away from home since losing Christian Eriksen to Manchester United. The last league game they won on their travels without the Dane was against West Ham on 3 October 2021.
Gibbs-White: We were cheated by three points
Nottingham Forest midfielder Morgan Gibbs-White:
“It was really frustrating. I thought we had complete control of the game for the full 90 minutes and I think the stats will prove that.
“I think they cheated us for three points. We deserved the three points. The boys played amazing and it only cost us two mistakes.”
Cooper: It’s hard for me to bite my tongue because of the penalty
Nottingham Forest head coach Steve Cooper said Brentford’s penalty should not have stood but given his side deserved three spot-kicks themselves.
Emmanuel Dennis, Ryan Yates and Gibbs-White had penalty appeals rejected, with VAR refusing to intervene in any of their cases as it did Wissina’s in first-half stoppage time.
We played really well in the first 35 minutes and I thought we were good to take the lead, Cooper said. “I thought if anything we should have been more [goals up].
“I didn’t like the last 10 minutes of the first half, we made some unforced errors which brought Brentford some decent chances, self-inflicted.
“You’re going to ask me about penalty decisions. My feeling is if he gives one, he has to give four. We feel the one against Emmanuel Dennis in the first half is worse, we feel the one against Ryan Yates in the first half is worse than the one given against us and then against Morgan Gibbs-White in the second half.
“We feel hard, that’s pretty clear to see. The system let the referee down, more than a little bit. We were unlucky in terms of refereeing.
“But I also look at the last 10 minutes of the first half and the goals we conceded. The first is unfortunate, but we must not allow them to get into that position. The second is bad defending.
“It’s great to show heart and soul at the end of the game and go on and get something out of the game. But I have really mixed feelings about how the game went today and it’s hard to bite my tongue.”
Frank: Difficult to score in stoppage time
Thomas Frank, head coach of Brentford:
“It’s hard to bear when you lead with six minutes of stoppage time and you don’t win.
“I’m very proud of the team, we were a bit down to the bare bones. Three of our four captains – Norgaard, Pontus and Ivan – were out of action.
“Kristoffer Ajer and Aaron Hickey were also out of the machine, we had to take Vitaly Janelt off at halftime, Jensen didn’t train all week. So other players stepped in on a difficult pitch away from home.
“It’s very noisy here. We were 1-0 down, Liverpool did that two weeks ago and couldn’t come back. The way we approached the second half made me very proud and pleased.”
Frank claims the coach was injured in an altercation before the game
Frank said his goalkeeping coach was injured after a pre-match altercation with the Nottingham Forest international.
He claimed Manu Sotelo had marks on him after an altercation with a member of the pitch before kick-off in the 2-2 draw and accused Forest of disrupting their pre-match warm-up.
Frank said: “I was a bit surprised, not that I’m an experienced, experienced Premier League manager, but in all my time in football, and especially in all my time in the Premier League, I’ve never, ever, ever seen a player walk anywhere in the middle of our warm up doing things.
“I don’t know if it’s a coincidence, but it just really surprised me. I’ve never seen it. I hope he does it every time, against Liverpool and West Ham.
“He got a grade. I don’t know what, something gave him a grade and I even got a picture. I have a bit of a temper so I’m not an angel all the time and I try to be the best version, but my goalie coach is the most down-to-earth guy, there has to be something that really annoys him.
“I just hope everyone is looking into it. There has to be cameras. I don’t know if you’ve seen it before or if it’s a common thing.”
Forest boss Steve Cooper said he was aware of the incident but would not comment.
Nottingham Forest host Tottenham in the third round of the Carabao Cup this Wednesday. It starts at 19:45. Then welcome to Steve Cooper’s team The Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Saturday, November 12 at 3 p.m.
Brentford will visit the second division club Gillingham in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday starting at 19:45. The Bees complete their pre-World Cup schedule in the Premier League with a trip to the champions Manchester City November 12 in a lunchtime match at 12:30 p.m.