Swansea vs N Forest
Sky Bet Ch’ship
3:00pm Saturday 14th September
The Liberty Stadium
Swansea dropped their unbeaten record as Alfa Semedo struck a late winner for Nottingham Forest.
Substitute Semedo, on loan from Benfica, struck his Forest goal five minutes from the time to expand his side’s unbeaten streak to eight games.
A thorn in Swansea’s side during, lewis Grabban, shook off the interest of Matt Grimes and broke down the perfect flank to roll on the ball into Semedo’s path and he made no mistake.
It was longer than Forest deserved from a Swansea side, who remain top of their Sky Bet Championship but would have procured their best start to a season with a sixth win.
Forest goalkeeper Brice Samba hesitated about the ball, swansea were gifted a historical opener close to profiting, and Borja Baston came.
But Forest chopped through the Swansea defence after 16 minutes and were the better side for areas of the first half.
Joao Carvalho cleverly flicked the cross of Yuri Ribeiro into Sammy Ameobi’s path and the striker forced a full-length rescue from Freddie Woodman.
Forest went even closer when Ameobi’s cross was cleared up to Ben Watson 20 metres out.
It was turned by the midfielder led the ball back into the box and the stretching Grabban .
Samba Sow also sliced broad as defenders Jake Bidwell and Mike van der Hoorn tried efforts and Swansea’s frustration at failing to construct pressure was evident.
Michael Dawson reacted to block the effort of Borja at the post 2 moments, although the Forest target was not threatened on either event.
Forest stayed glowing after the period and Grabban latched on to the back of Bersant Celina to install Carvalho for an opportunity which Woodman kicked away at his near post.
Celina was soon substituted that lapse and Swansea acquired some overdue momentum when Andre Ayew headed Bidwell’s cross wide.
But Woodman was again to the rescue to tip Joe Worrall’s volley about a post and Sow’s effort was , back after making his debut for Wales from international duty, blocked by Joe Rodon from the subsequent corner.
Ayew has turned into an increasing influence on the competition prior to winning the free kick that saw the Forest goalkeeper punch clear under 31,, and he tested Samba.
Forest continued to stand firm and the powerful functioning and unselfish attitude of Grabban finally sealed the things.