Aston Villa F.C.
Nottingham Forest held visitors Aston Villa to a 1-1 draw in the Premier League on Monday, halting a run of five consecutive defeats and moving off the bottom of the table.
The draw took Forest into 19th place on five points from nine games, climbing above East Midlands neighbours Leicester City. Villa stayed 16th but moved to nine points.
Forest went ahead in the 15th minute when striker Emmanuel Dennis took advantage of slack marking from the Villa defence to head in a free-kick from Morgan GibbsWhite.
Villa responded in the 22nd with a superb Ashley Young strike from outside the area and thought they had taken the lead later in the first half when Ollie Watkins put the ball in the net only to be flagged offside.
Forest manager Steve Cooper, who last season led the club to promotion back to the top flight for the first time in 23 years, was handed a new three-year contract on Friday despite the team’s dismal run of form.
Forest made 22 signings in the close season but Cooper is still struggling to settle on a starting line-up and he made five changes from the side thrashed 4-0 at Leicester last week.
Villa appealed for a penalty when Ryan Yates caught Ezri Konsa’s foot when going for the ball in a similar incident to the one which led to Arsenal being awarded a spot-kick against Liverpool on Sunday.
Yates admitted he was fortunate to get away with it when asked if he had feared the worst after making the tackle.
“Probably one went for us today,” he told Sky Sports.