Man City hang on against Nottingham Forest to extend perfect Premier League start
Posted : 23 September 2023
Manchester City faced a challenging test against Nottingham Forest but ultimately secured victory to maintain their flawless start to the Premier League season. The first half showcased City's dominance, as Phil Foden and Erling Haaland netted early goals, capitalizing on intricate attacks down the right wing orchestrated by Kyle Walker and Matheus Nunes.
However, the game took a dramatic turn just 27 seconds into the second half. Rodri received a straight red card for an act of violent conduct, grabbing Morgan Gibbs-White's throat during a tussle near the corner flag. VAR upheld referee Anthony Taylor's decision, shifting the momentum.
Forest, previously outplayed, seized the opportunity to mount a comeback. Despite City's resilience, the visitors were unable to create clear scoring opportunities, with Orel Mangala and Taiwo Awoniyi missing the mark. Ederson denied Anthony Elanga's late attempt.
As the match drew to a close, tensions flared, with City manager Pep Guardiola and the home fans expressing dissatisfaction with Taylor's decisions. Nonetheless, City managed to preserve their lead. With the rest of the top four competing on Sunday, the defending champions now enjoy a five-point lead at the summit of the Premier League table.