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Nottingham Forest 2 – 2 Luton Town

Nottingham Forest 2 - 2 Luton Town

Nottingham Forest 2 – 2 Luton Town. Elijah Adebayo’s excellent late goal helped Luton come from two goals down to claim a confidence-boosting draw against Nottingham Forest.

The Hatters were trailing 2-0 until the 83rd minute when Forest failed to deal with a routine free-kick and Chiedozie Ogbene fired home the loose ball.

Substitute Adebayo then cushioned a long ball on his chest before stroking his finish past Matt Turner to level the game in the second added minute.

Earlier, Chris Wood had put Forest in front two minutes into the second half and added a second after 76 minutes to seemingly set them on course for victory before Luton’s stunning late fightback.

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The result means Forest have gone five games without a win – including four draws – while Luton bank a fifth point of the season.

Luton’s draw was all the more impressive considering Forest’s excellent home record, with Steve Cooper’s side only having lost two of their past 19 Premier League games, and none of their most recent six.

There was little sign of the dramatic ending when Wood added his second of the game with a header from Anthony Elanga’s cross with 14 minutes remaining, having finished neatly for his earlier opener.

But Forest failed to clear a Luton set-piece that bounced off Harry Toffolo, and Ogbene reacted quickest to turn and hit the loose ball home to reduce the deficit.

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Rob Edwards’ men sensed their chance as Forest became nervous and Adebayo took the opportunity brilliantly to grab the equaliser in added time.

Forest’s first opening saw Morgan Gibbs-White find Toffolo in space and the left-back crossed for Wood, but the striker did not make a clean connection, allowing Thomas Kaminski to save.

Ibrahim Sangare sent a header over the bar soon after and then it was Luton’s turn to spurn a couple of decent chances as Jacob Brown slipped when he attempted a shot from Tahith Chong’s pullback before the Scotland striker just failed to get on the end of a dangerous Ogbene cross.

Teden Mengi did well to divert another Wood shot off target from the lively Elanga’s cross and Sangare was guilty of a glaring miss with the last kick of the first half, sending a shot wide with the goal at his mercy and Kaminski out of position after making a save.

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It took just three minutes of the second period for the hosts to take the lead as Elanga found the run of Wood who took the ball in his stride and finished confidently.

He almost had a second moments later but sent a powerful header over the bar, before Luton passed up a great chance for an equaliser when Brown was found by Ogbene but the striker could only send a weak header straight at Turner.

Elanga and Wood combined again for Forest’s second with the striker heading past Kaminski in the 76th minute, but Luton kept battling and were rewarded for their endeavour with two late goals to claim an unlikely point.

source – BBC

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