Dressed up as… Santa Claus and Wood brought Nottingham the three points!

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Nottingham Forest took a pulse! His team Nuno Espirito Santo pulled off a great turnaround and left St James Park with the hat-trick in their 3-1 win over Newcastle to make merry christmas!

First victory since November 5 for Forest and first for the Portuguese coach in the technical leadership of the club, having as the main protagonist Chris Wood who scored a hat-trick and overturned the home team’s lead with Isaac’s penalty. With the hosts becoming the team with the most defeats on Boxing Day, counting 47!

In pure competition, Newcastle came in better and won a penalty, which was converted in the 23rd minute by Isaac for 1-0. Despite this, Nottingham started to gain ground and threaten, eventually equalizing in the closing stages of the first half with Wood to write 1-1 at 45’+1′.

The New Zealand striker was in excellent form and proved it in the second half, where he continued his… crescendo. Specifically, in the 53rd minute, Elanga found him Wood in the area, he emptied an opponent and with an excellent finish signed the reversal. And seven minutes later after Mourinho’s deep ball, the Wood he also got past Dubravka to give Nottingham Forest a two-goal lead. He even became the first player since Harry Kane in 2017 to score a hat-trick on Boxing Day!

THE Newcastle was forced to come forward en masse and look to reduce the score, but the visitors selflessly kept the score and were particularly dangerous on the counter-attack. Despite the efforts of the home team, however, the result did not change and Forrest got a great win, which was only the second this year away from home.

The 19th matchday:

Tuesday, 26/12

Newcastle-Nottingham Forest 1-3

(24′ pt. Isaac – 45’+1′, 53′, 60′ Wood)

Bournemouth-Fulham (17:00)

Sheffield United-Luton (17:00)

Burnley-Liverpool (19:30)

Manchester United-Aston Villa (22:00)

Tuesday, 27/12

Brentford-Wolves (21:30)

Chelsea-Crystal Palace (21:30)

Everton-Manchester City (22:15)

Thursday, 28/12

Brighton-Tottenham (21:30)

Arsenal-West Ham (22:15)

The next (20th) matchday:

Saturday 30/12

Luton-Chelsea (14:30)

Aston Villa-Burnley (17:00)

Crystal Palace-Bradford (17:00)

Manchester City-Sheffield United (17:00)

Wolves-Everton (17:00)

Nottingham Forest-Manchester United (19:30)

Sunday 31/12

Fulham-Arsenal (16:00)

Tottenham-Bournemouth (16:00)

Monday 01/01

Liverpool-Newcastle (22:00)

Tuesday 02/01

West Ham-Brighton (21:30)

Source: Sport Fm

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