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Aston Villa 5-5 Nottingham Forest: Tammy Abraham scores four in 10-goal draw

Lewis Grabban
Lewis Grabban's first goal made it 1-0 after three minutes... his second goal made it 5-5 after 82 minutes

Tammy Abraham scored four times for Aston Villa in a 10-goal thriller but they could only draw against 10-man Nottingham Forest.

Forest had led 2-0 and 3-2 in the first half through Lewis Grabban, Joao Carvalho and Matthew Cash's goals but Abraham's first-half treble put Villa level at half-time.

Joe Lolley's long-range shot restored the visitors' lead shortly after the break, before Tobias Figueiredo was sent off and Abraham capitalised, heading in from Jack Grealish's free-kick to make it 4-4.

Villa then took the lead for the first time when Anwar El Ghazi curled in, but Grabban's near-post finish against the club where he was on loan last season earned a remarkable late point for Forest, who scored from all five of their efforts on target.

Incredibly, the hosts had the ball in the net twice more in the closing stages, but first El Ghazi was adjudged to have used his hand and then Abraham's stoppage-time effort was ruled out for offside.

It would have meant an improbable fifth goal of the game for the 21-year-old Chelsea loanee, who had already registered his first hat-trick in senior football, reaching double figures for the season after only 14 appearances.

How the mayhem unfolded

Aston Villa v Nottingham Forest
Ten goals, two disallowed goals, one red card and a first career hat-trick...

Forest squandered leads on three occasions, while Villa only led once in the entire match - yet still the teams could not be separated after 90 minutes. Here is how the chaos unfolded...

  • 3 mins: Grabban taps Forest in front (0-1)
  • 6 mins: Carvalho slots in from Lolley's good ball (0-2)
  • 11 mins: Abraham heads in his first (1-2)
  • 14 mins: The ball hits Abraham on its way in as Villa level (2-2)
  • 22 mins: Cash races through Villa's porous defence to restore the lead (2-3)
  • 36 mins: Abraham nets from the spot after Jack Robinson fouls Yannick Bolasie (3-3)
  • 51 mins: Lolley's super strike puts Forest back in front (3-4)
  • 68 mins: Figueiredo dismissed for a bad foul on John McGinn (red card, 3-4)
  • 71 mins: Abraham heads in his fourth (4-4)
  • 75 mins: El Ghazi gives Villa the lead for the first time (5-4)
  • 82 mins: Grabban finds the bottom corner (5-5)

Goals, goals, goals

Villa have now scored 12 times in three matches, after Sunday's lively 4-2 win over local rivals Birmingham City followed their impressive 3-0 win at Derby County.

But conceding goals had not previously been something visitors Forest were known for - Aitor Karanka's men arrived at Villa Park on a run of three consecutive clean sheets.

At the end of a breathless encounter, the two sides remained three points apart in the Championship table, with eighth-placed Villa still unbeaten at home since Dean Smith's arrival on 10 October.

Villa have taken 13 points from a possible 21 since he took charge.

'Great to watch on the sofa'

It was a first professional hat-trick for Abraham and the England international did his best to sum up the extraordinary match.

"These kind of games are great to watch at home on the sofa because it's really entertaining," he told BBC WM 95.6. "But when you're on the pitch it's just end to end and you have to keep getting ready for a chance."

Villa boss Smith pointed out that his side had 26 attempts on goal compared to eight for the visitors, adding that keeper Orjan Nyland was not at his busiest.

"I don't think our goalkeeper's made a save," he said. "We're devastated by the fifth goal because that's something we should've been better at."

Forest manager Karanka told BBC Radio Nottingham: "It's been a crazy game but we can't forget we've played against one of the best teams, with better players, and we were attacking even with 10 men."

A crazy night at Villa Park in pictures

Aston Villa v Nottingham Forest
Nottingham Forest scored two quickfire goals to leave Villa Park stunned...
Aston Villa v Nottingham Forest
But Abraham led the home side's recovery, scoring a first-half hat-trick to make it 3-3 at the break...
Aston Villa v Nottingham Forest
After Forest had gone ahead for the third time in the contest, Figueiredo's sending off looked to be a potential turning point...
Aston Villa v Nottingham Forest
And Villa boss Smith was left punching the air in delight when two goals in four minutes put them 5-4 up...
Aston Villa v Nottingham Forest
But Grabban, who had earlier opened the scoring, had the final say with eight minutes remaining


Aston Villa

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Nyland
  • 21HuttonBooked at 69mins
  • 4Tuanzebe
  • 5Chester
  • 3Taylor
  • 7McGinnSubstituted forWhelanat 79'minutes
  • 14Hourihane
  • 10Grealish
  • 11BolasieBooked at 20minsSubstituted forEl Mohamadyat 83'minutes
  • 18Abraham
  • 26KodjiaSubstituted forEl Ghaziat 66'minutesBooked at 87mins


  • 6Whelan
  • 9Hogan
  • 22El Ghazi
  • 27El Mohamady
  • 31Bunn
  • 34Doyle-Hayes
  • 36O'Hare

Nottm Forest

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Pantilimon
  • 27DarikwaBooked at 69mins
  • 20Dawson
  • 3FigueiredoBooked at 68mins
  • 18Robinson
  • 6ColbackBooked at 78mins
  • 24YacobBooked at 65mins
  • 23Lolley
  • 10CarvalhoSubstituted forHefeleat 70'minutes
  • 14CashSubstituted forBastião Diasat 77'minutes
  • 7GrabbanSubstituted forAnsarifardat 90+1'minutes


  • 5Guédioura
  • 11Osborn
  • 15Steele
  • 21Janko
  • 31Bastião Dias
  • 37Ansarifard
  • 44Hefele
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Match Stats

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Shots on Target

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Aston Villa 5, Nottingham Forest 5.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Aston Villa 5, Nottingham Forest 5.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Tammy Abraham (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ahmed El Mohamady.

  4. Post update

    Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Joe Lolley (Nottingham Forest).

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Anwar El Ghazi (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  7. Post update

    Offside, Aston Villa. Ahmed El Mohamady tries a through ball, but Tammy Abraham is caught offside.

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ahmed El Mohamady (Aston Villa) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Tendayi Darikwa.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Karim Ansarifard replaces Lewis Grabban.

  11. Post update

    Offside, Aston Villa. Tammy Abraham tries a through ball, but Anwar El Ghazi is caught offside.

  12. Post update

    Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Jack Colback (Nottingham Forest).

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jack Grealish.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Michael Dawson.

  16. Booking

    Anwar El Ghazi (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

  17. Post update

    Hand ball by Anwar El Ghazi (Aston Villa).

  18. Post update

    Hand ball by Claudio Yacob (Nottingham Forest).

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Aston Villa. Ahmed El Mohamady replaces Yannick Bolasie.

  20. Goal!

    Goal! Aston Villa 5, Nottingham Forest 5. Lewis Grabban (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Joe Lolley.


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