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The biggest Championship match of the season occurred on Tuesday night as second place in the table met third at the Vitality Stadium.
Nottingham Forest made the long journey to Bournemouth knowing that a win would take them above the Cherries going into the final day of the 2021-22 campaign and give them a major chance of securing automatic promotion back to the Premier League for the first time since 1999.
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Forest had lots of momentum going into the clash and they had the better of the chances in the first half, and the biggest talking point came on one of their attacks when Sam Surridge was brought down by opposition goalkeeper Mark Travers – only for the assistant referee to flag for offside when the Forest striker was clearly onside.
Missed chances eventually came back to haunt Steve Cooper’s team as following a free-kick conceded on the edge of their own area with seven minutes of normal time to play, Kieffer Moore slid home what ended up being the only goal of the contest.
Despite the disappointing result which has consigned the Tricky Trees to the play-offs, FLW’s Forest fan pundit Des Oldham is not too disheartened with what he saw from the team.
“Whilst Forest’s performance wasn’t up to the standards we’ve come to expect in recent weeks, I didn’t think they played too bad,” Des said.
“The first half they had the much better chances – Sam Surridge hit the crossbar, there was the controversial penalty decision – but as the game wore on they seemed to run out of a little bit of steam.
“Bournemouth have been up there consistently, showed that extra little bit of quality, and perhaps used the home advantage to see the game through.
“Without giving away too many chances, Forest gave away the crucial one which was the match-winner and has ultimately decided automatic promotion.”
Two very good teams clashed on Tuesday night and in the end it was the parachute payments and expensively assembled club that came out on top.
However, Forest can be proud of how they performed and on another night they could have come out on top.
They just didn’t take the chances that dropped to them though and as the game wore on, Bournemouth’s fresh legs got the better of them.
Forest though are still in a strong position when it comes to the play-offs following the conclusion of the regular season and you’d expect them to be victorious if they don’t suffer from burnout.