Nigeria’s Awoniyi ends Forest’s EPL 23-year goal drought

Nottingham Forest’s record signing, Nigeria International Taiwo Awoniyi, has ended the club’s 23-year Premier League goal drought.

Awoniyi scored against West Ham United at 45+2 minutes, just at the stroke of half-time.

Forest last scored in Premier League on May 16, 1999. Awoniyi’s lone goal helped Forest to beat West Ham 1-0.

It was Forest’s first home match in the Premier League in 23 years.

The Hammers had a first-half goal which was ruled out after the intervention of the Virtual Assistant Referee. Other attempts by West Ham at goal were also not successful.

Dean Henderson, who is one of Forest’s 14 new signings, was the second hero alongside Awoniyi as he (Henderson) saved West Ham’s Declan Rice’s penalty.

Both heroes made their home debuts in the match.

Sunday’s match was West Ham’s second opening game of the season, and the Hammers have now lost both opening games. They lost 2-0 to Manchester City last weekend.

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