Everton vs Nottingham Forest: Toffees, Tricky Trees trade late goals
At Goodison Park on Saturday, Everton and Nottingham Forest tied 1-1 thanks to late strikes from Demarai Gray and Brennan Johnson.
Everton, who had a strong start to the Premier League season but was in danger of going three games without a point, was relieved to get an equaliser.
Johnson's late goal against Jordan Pickford appeared to give Steve Cooper's Forest a chance to win two matches in a row, but Pickford actually assisted Gray in scoring minutes later for Everton.
Everton now has one point while Forest has four.
What Everton's game against Nottingham Forest taught us
Pickford is a gentleman: The England goalkeeper was once again engaged in a goalkeeper battle, this time against the talented Dean Henderson, but he is also a shot-stopper and ballplayer, as seen by his incredible assist that allowed Gray to break in on Forest's goal. Before the World Cup, USMNT coach Gregg Berhalter will take notice of it, and England fans will applaud.
Without (a number of) offensive acquisitions, Everton is still having some issues: Anthony Gordon must be sold if the Toffees are to sign two, three, or even four attackers. The only thing going on up top is Gordon's engine (and he'll want to show better finish given his prospective Chelsea price tag), Pickford was solid, and you can anticipate some stabilisation in the defence and midfield.
Forest settling in will take some time; keep in mind that many of these Forest players are new if you're projecting them to lose, as the Tricky Trees' flashes have led some to believe that once Jesse Lingard and company get to know one another, the Forest might not only survive, but perhaps even thrive (in a mid-table sense).
There were big days for both keepers because this was a rather open situation. Neco Williams, Taiwo Awoniyi, Jesse Lingard, and Dean Henderson are all proving their value for Nottingham Forest, albeit Awoniyi will need his finishing boots as soon as possible. Everton under Frank Lampard is showing grit and desire, but they need quality.
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Jack Pickford He has seen ups and downs, but ever since the latter quarter of the previous season, things have only gotten better. Even though Pickford only made four stops, Demarai Gray was able to tie the score thanks to his absurd pass that let everyone of Forest in but the goalkeeper.
Dean Henderson: The Manchester United loanee made seven more stops, which is why the Tricky Trees have four points.
Alex Iwobi, an Everton midfielder, made four crucial passes and is enjoying playing in the middle of the pitch (for now).
Neco Williams, a Liverpool expatriate, with 70 touches, five tackles, and two crucial passes.
Although it was only a brief appearance, the new Forest employee proved why his price tag was greater than most anticipated. Morgan Gibbs-White
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