Wilfried Zaha missed a penalty as Nottingham Forest produced one of the narrow football results of the weekend in the. When Wilfried Zaha was brought down in the area by Joe Worrall just before halftime, the visitors should have seized the lead, but the Palace forward missed the subsequent penalty. The first 45 minutes belonged to the visitors. It ended up being the last significant opportunity the Eagles had at the City Ground, and in the second half, they were outplayed by an improved Forest team. The hosts won the match deservedly when Gibbs-White converted a rebound after Vicente Guaita had denied Brennan Johnson.
Only Erling Haaland (14) has won more points for his team in the 2022–23 season than Zaha has thanks to his six goals and two assists this Premier League season for Palace. The Ivory Coast international turned 30 this week, but he started his fourth decade in the worst way possible by missing a penalty kick opportunity to give Palace the lead. When Gibbs-White scored after a VAR review after initially being called offside, things only got worse for Vieira’s team. Despite having more than 30 minutes to react, they finished the game with a non-penalty expected-goals total of just 0.33.
Forest created most of the chances despite having less than a third of the possession. Jesse Lingard narrowly missed turning Brennan Johnson’s low shot into the goal and bowed an effort wide while well-positioned. Forest’s victory extends their winning streak to five games at the City Ground, dating back to September 16. Palace missed their chance to win three straight Premier League games for the first time since June 2020.
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