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Nottingham Forest 3-0 West Promichino: Jack Colback scored in the win over the Ten-Man Bags

Nottingham Forest 4-0 West Bromwich Albion: Jack Colback scored a stunning goal as Steve Cooper’s side moved closer to the play-off with a dominant win over the 10-man Baggies.

  • Nottingham Forest took a comfortable 4-0 win over West Brom on Monday
  • West Bromwich Albion’s Daryl Furlong has been sent off for a second yellow for a handball
  • Brennan Johnson scored from the penalty spot before Ryan Yates added the second goal
  • Then Jack Colback scored a stunning goal from an acute angle to make it 3-0
  • Forest beat West Bromwich Albion and Sam Surridge scored a fourth late

Jack Colback scored a goal he certainly won’t repeat at any level of football to keep Nottingham Forest’s continuing hopes of an automatic promotion alive.

In first-half injury time and with his team 2-0 against 10-man West Bromwich Albion, Colback swung his boots when a ball landed on the left touchline and was as amazed as anyone to see it fly into the net from a seemingly impossible angle. His quiet celebration seemed to waive his intent just passing him by.

Colback’s ridiculous strike, which followed an early penalty kick from Brennan Johnson and a header from Ryan Yates, left Forest at 70 points with five games remaining, and Sam Surridge also added a fourth in the dying seconds of the match.. They can still outsmart Bournemouth. to second place if they collect the most points from now on, and Scott Parker’s men take no more than seven points from their last five games.

Nottingham Forest came close to qualifying for the playoffs with a comfortable 3-0 win over West Bromwich Albion

Jack Colback celebrated after scoring a superb goal from an acute angle in the first half

Jack Colback celebrated after scoring a superb goal from an acute angle in the first half

West Brom was given a tough job as Daryl Furlong was sent off after just 17 minutes

West Brom was given a tough job as Daryl Furlong was sent off after just 17 minutes

Match facts

Note Forest: Samba, Worrall, Tobias Figueiredo, McKenna, Spence, Yates, Garner, Colback, Johnson, Zinkernagel, Sorge

Subs: Horvath, Laryea, Mighten, Cafu, Xande Silva, Lolley, Cook

Goals: Johnson 19 (penalty kick), Yates 23, Colback 45 + 2

Booked: Spence

West Brom: Button, Bartley, O’Shea, Clark, Furlong, Livermore, Mowat, Townsend, Aherney Grant (Gardner Hickman 29), Carroll, Rich

Subs: Ajayi, Robinson, Phillips, Diangana, Mulumbi, Palmer

Booked: Gardner Hickman

Posted: Furlong (second yellow)

Referee: David Webb (County Durham)

This may seem unlikely, especially after losing striker Keenan Davis to a hamstring injury. But after watching Colback’s goal, Forest fans will believe anything is possible as they look forward to the first Premier League campaign of the century. But for West Brom, it was a miserable evening. Darnell Furlong was sent off for handball leading to the penalty kick and coach Steve Bruce and his coaching staff were furious with the referee the entire time.

After their defeat in Luton on Good Friday ended a streak of three straight wins, Forrest was desperate to get back on track in front of his fans, although West Brom looked sharper in the opening minutes.

Gradually, however, Forrest began to take over. James Garner’s 30-yard effort was low but too high, and the loaned Manchester United midfielder was once again wide off target with a free kick from just outside the penalty area.

After those mistakes, Garner was heavily involved in scoring the opening goal. When Philip Zinkernagel’s effort rebounded in front of him, Garner drove into goal only to see the blow blocked by Darnell Furlong’s arm. The Albion full-back was booked moments earlier for a trip on Zinckernagel and was promptly sent off by referee David Webb.

Before the penalty kick was taken, Albion assistant Stephen Clemens and Forrest No. 2 Alan Tate were separated by fourth official Will Finney with a strained nerve. Johnson then brilliantly kept his cool to defeat David Button, even though the goalkeeper jumped the right way.

Brennan Johnson scored from the penalty spot after Furlong received the second yellow ball for a handball

Brennan Johnson scored from the penalty spot after Furlong received the second yellow ball for a handball

Steve Bruce looks away as Ryan Yates celebrates scoring Forrest's second goal in the competition

Steve Bruce looks away as Ryan Yates celebrates scoring Forrest’s second goal in the competition

Before they had a chance to regroup, Albion was in retreat. Jed Spence scored a quick throw for Johnson, whose cross passed into a corner – sparking more outrage on the bench, with coach Steve Bruce this time berating the unfortunate Vinnie. To complete Bruce’s misery, Yates produced a great jump to meet Garner’s delivery and ball power out of Button. Albion was furious because they thought they should have been given the original throw-in.

Things went from bad to worse for Albion, who started the evening still with little hope of making it to the play-offs. When Bruce sent defender Taylor Gardner Hickman to Karlan Grant, the striker ignored his manager and threw his training ground in disgust.

At this point Albion lost his composure and referee Webb was struggling to maintain order. One of Gardner-Hickman’s first contributions was to hit the ball into the home team’s fans after a free kick was missed, which led to another clash between the players.

Steve Cooper's team only needs one win in five games to secure a place in the playoffs

Steve Cooper’s team only needs one win in five games to secure a place in the playoffs

The moment of the half arrived in stoppage time when Colback hit a high pass from Johnson who fired it towards the goal from near the touchline, evenly with the six-yard line. The ball flew over a stunned button to the far corner.

Judging by Colback’s timid reaction, his intention may have been to cross rather than shoot – but the home fans didn’t care. When the players left, Bruce Webb waited at the entrance to the tunnel and had a heated discussion with him as they headed to the changing rooms.

Jungle fans were in party mode throughout the second half and shouted “Shoot!” Each time Colback received the ball. They cheered again as Surridge delivered a confident 15-yard finish for the fourth as the game drew to a close. If they achieve their goals, the celebrations in this city will be something to watch.

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