On Saturday, Everton and Nottingham Forest played to a 1-1 draw at Goodison Park thanks to late goals from Demarai Gray and Brennan Johnson, respectively.
For Everton, who had started the game strongly but were in danger of losing their third straight Premier League game, the equalizer was a much-needed boost.
Conversely, Steve Cooper’s Forest appeared to be on their way to a second consecutive win after Johnson scored in stoppage time, only to have Everton’s keeper assist Gray’s winner minutes later.
Forest has gained three more points than Everton has.
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From Everton’s game against Nottingham, we learned Forest
The eminence of Pickford is demonstrated: The England goalkeeper found himself in another keeper duel, this time against the impressive Dean Henderson, but he proved that he is more than just a good shot-stopper by providing an incredible assist to Gray for Forest’s goal. Fans in England will appreciate that, and USMNT coach Gregg Berhalter will take note as they prepare for the World Cup.
Without (multiple) offensive additions, Everton faces continued difficulty: The Toffees will likely have to trade away Anthony Gordon in order to acquire two, three, or even four new scorers. The defense and midfield should improve with Pickford in charge, but the attack is stagnant beyond Gordon’s drive (and he’ll want to show more finish, considering his potential Chelsea price tag).
In order for the forest to settle in, it will take time: When making predictions about the Forest’s fate, keep in mind how many of their players are inexperienced, as the Tricky Trees’ flashes are reason enough to think they can survive and perhaps even thrive (in a mid-table sense) once Jesse Lingard and company figure each other out. Off the bench, Morgan Gibbs-White delivered a couple of “wow” moments, and Forest may not be done adding to their roster just yet.
The goalkeepers had a field day with this one. Neco Williams, Taiwo Awoniyi, Jesse Lingard, and Dean Henderson are all contributing to Nottingham Forest’s success after being brought in as free agents (although Awoniyi would benefit from receiving his finishing boots as soon as possible). The Everton side led by Frank Lampard is demonstrating determination and hunger, but they still need quality players. Midfield battles may erupt when Amadou Onana and Allan are both at full strength.
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Those in the spotlight
Pickford, Jordan: Although his fortunes have fluctuated, they have improved dramatically over the past few months. Even though Pickford made four saves, it was his ridiculous pass that allowed Demarai Gray to tie the game for Forest.
Manchester United loanee Dean Henderson has made seven more saves, keeping the Tricky Trees in the game and on four points.
Alex Iwobi has found his comfort zone in the middle of the field for Everton, as evidenced by his four key passes (for now).
Neco Williams, originally from Liverpool, has 70 touches, 5 tackles, and 2 key passes.
For Morgan Gibbs-White: The new Forest man only appeared briefly, but he proved why his price tag is so much higher than most people had anticipated.
So, now what?
Travel time away from London. On Saturday, Fulham travels to Arsenal and Everton plays at Brentford at 10 a.m. ET.
What time the live stream of Everton vs. Nottingham Forest will begin, where you can find the link, and how to watch the game.
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What’s happening with Everton? updates on injuries and possible starting lineups
Andros Townsend, Ben Godfrey, Yerry Mina, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Andre Gomes, and Abdoulaye Doucoure are no longer on the roster.
Select your starting lineup to face Nottingham Forest here! image: RA1wiWzhWZ on Twitter: “#EVENOT” The 20th of August, 2022. — Everton (@Everton)
Latest on the Nottingham Forest squad, including any lineup adjustments or injuries
Omar Richards is no longer a member of the team.
In the news: Everton Steve Cook comes in to replace Moussa Niakhaté for the Reds. Hashtag: National Football Club | Twitter: Premier League pic.twitter.com/1dY6lFhx3p To be continued… — Nottingham Forest FC (@NFFC) August 20, 2022
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The article Everton vs. Nottingham Forest: Toffees and Tricky Trees trade late goals originally appeared on NBCSports.com.
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