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Norwich City 3-3 Nottingham Forest: Canaries draw after being 3-0 down

Onel Hernandez celebrates his equaliser against Nottingham Forest
Onel Hernandez celebrates his equaliser against Nottingham Forest

Manager Daniel Farke said the noise at Carrow Road felt like an "explosion" after an injury-time double from Onel Hernandez saw Norwich fight back from 3-0 down to draw with Nottingham Forest.

The Canaries dominated possession and territory but wasted numerous chances as they trailed to two Matty Cash strikes and a goal from Jack Robinson with 13 minutes remaining.

But, after a deflected Mario Vrancic effort brought hope, Hernandez scored in the 94th minute and the Cuban then smashed in a 98th-minute equaliser.

"Moments like these remind you why we started to play football in the first place and why we love it so much," Farke said.

"It's not about bonuses, contracts or even promotion - it's about scoring goals like that and putting smiles on the faces of the fans. That's why we play the game - for them.

"When that final goal went in it was like an explosion - it was something really special.

"I am so proud of my players for the way they kept going but I must also praise the supporters for the way they stuck with the team when we went 3-0 down. Their backing helped us get back in the game."

Hernandez's injury-time intervention rounded off a pulsating match at which saw the Canaries stretch their unbeaten record to 12 matches.

Cash's low shot had put Forest ahead against the run of the play in first-half stoppage time and, after Jack Robinson smashed in the second following a free-kick, Cash swept home number three after a slick move.

Matty Cash (centre) celebrates his first-half goal against Norwich
Matty Cash's first-half goal was his sixth of the season and was soon followed by his seventh

But Norwich, who stay second in the table, were finally rewarded for a relentless attacking display when Mario Vrancic's deflected shot made it 3-1 after 77 minutes.

Hernandez struck a second for the hosts in the fourth minute of added time and, a minute after the scheduled seven minutes of stoppage time, he fired in the third to earn an unlikely point.

Farke added: "It is amazing we came away with something after the way the game had gone. I think we had nearly 30 shots on goal, so many chances, and yet we weren't winning the game."

Norwich were wasteful in front of goal in the first half, with Reds keeper Costel Pantilimon making a stunning one-on-one save from Teemu Pukki and then an equally impressive reaction stop from a deflected Jamal Lewis effort.

But Forest, who are now winless in four matches and drop to 10th in the table, somehow managed to survive the early pressure and led when Cash robbed Max Aarons and smashed in his sixth goal of the season.

Two goals soon after the restart capped an impressive period by the visitors but Norwich, who had won five in a row in the league at home continued to create opportunities.

Pantilimon made an outstanding save to thwart Pukki and there were strong home claims for a penalty for handball against Robinson before Vrancic struck to give Norwich hope.

But the giant Romanian keeper made a mess of a tame Hernandez ball into the danger area that eluded everyone and then was beaten by a stylish finish after an incisive attack.

'A crazy game'

Forest manager Aitor Karanka was angered by his side's failure to close out a victory which seemed inevitable at 3-0, but refused to go into detail.

"I have my thoughts on the game but I really can't tell you," Karanka said. "It was a crazy game. I can say that.

"I thought we were punished for two mistakes, when we should have got the ball away. This has not been happening all the time - in many games recently we have been well organised and defended well.

"We were playing a very good side, who have been doing well recently. It's also true that us leading 3-0 wasn't maybe fair because they had a lot of chances.

"Before the game if someone had told me we would take a point against Norwich I would have accepted that - so we have to take this point and move on to the next game."

Line-ups

Norwich

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Krul
  • 37Aarons
  • 4GodfreyBooked at 37mins
  • 15Klose
  • 12LewisSubstituted forSrbenyat 72'minutes
  • 27Tettey
  • 8VrancicBooked at 80mins
  • 17BuendíaSubstituted forRhodesat 71'minutes
  • 18StiepermannBooked at 27mins
  • 36CantwellSubstituted forHernándezat 63'minutes
  • 22PukkiBooked at 55mins

Substitutes

  • 11Rhodes
  • 19Trybull
  • 25Hernández
  • 31Hanley
  • 32Srbeny
  • 33McGovern

Nottm Forest

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1PantilimonBooked at 90mins
  • 27Darikwa
  • 44Hefele
  • 4FoxBooked at 49mins
  • 18RobinsonBooked at 51minsSubstituted forJankoat 66'minutes
  • 6ColbackBooked at 67mins
  • 24Yacob
  • 23Lolley
  • 10Carvalho
  • 14CashSubstituted forBastião Diasat 83'minutes
  • 7GrabbanSubstituted forMurphyat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Guédioura
  • 8Watson
  • 9Murphy
  • 11Osborn
  • 15Steele
  • 21Janko
  • 31Bastião Dias
Referee:
John Brooks
Attendance:
26,933

Match Stats

Home TeamNorwichAway TeamNottm Forest
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home27
Away9
Shots on Target
Home11
Away7
Corners
Home4
Away1
Fouls
Home11
Away18

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Norwich City 3, Nottingham Forest 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Norwich City 3, Nottingham Forest 3.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Norwich City 3, Nottingham Forest 3. Onel Hernández (Norwich City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Ben Godfrey with a through ball.

  4. Booking

    Costel Pantilimon (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Marco Stiepermann (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Timm Klose (Norwich City) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ben Godfrey (Norwich City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Onel Hernández.

  8. Goal!

    Goal! Norwich City 2, Nottingham Forest 3. Onel Hernández (Norwich City) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ben Godfrey.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Dennis Srbeny (Norwich City).

  10. Post update

    Daniel Fox (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Dennis Srbeny (Norwich City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Maximillian Aarons.

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Marco Stiepermann (Norwich City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Maximillian Aarons.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Dennis Srbeny (Norwich City) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Teemu Pukki.

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Marco Stiepermann (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Dennis Srbeny.

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Maximillian Aarons (Norwich City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked. Assisted by Jordan Rhodes.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Onel Hernández (Norwich City).

  17. Post update

    Gil Dias (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ben Godfrey (Norwich City) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is too high following a set piece situation.

  19. Post update

    Onel Hernández (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Saidy Janko (Nottingham Forest).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leeds24156342222051
2Norwich24146444291548
3West Brom24136552312145
4Sheff Utd24125739281141
5Middlesbrough2410952517839
6Derby2411673328539
7Birmingham24910537271037
8QPR2411493132-137
9Aston Villa249964637936
10Nottm Forest2481243526936
11Stoke2481063029134
12Bristol City248882928132
13Swansea2495102928132
14Blackburn2471073137-631
15Hull2486102833-530
16Sheff Wed2486103040-1030
17Preston2477103640-428
18Brentford2468103535026
19Wigan2474132335-1225
20Millwall2457122939-1022
21Rotherham24410102339-1622
22Bolton2456131732-1521
23Reading2447132737-1019
24Ipswich2429131941-2215
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