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Raheem Sterling (right) volleys Chelsea's opening goal against Nottingham Forest in the Premier League

Nottingham Forest claimed a valuable point in their relegation fight with a deserved draw against Chelsea, who lost ground on the Premier League top four.

Chelsea’s Raheem Sterling volleyed home from five yards after Wily Boly had flicked a cross onto his own bar.

Forest attacked with vigour in the second half and Morgan Gibbs-White crashed a stunning strike off the bar.

Serge Aurier showed fine composure when he controlled the ball on his chest and volleyed home the equaliser.

Chelsea, who have now only won successive league games once under Graham Potter since he was appointed on 8 September, climb above Brighton into eighth but are seven points behind Manchester United in fourth.

Forest, who claim a point for the first time this season after going behind, move above Wolverhampton Wanderers into 18th and are only behind fourth-bottom West Ham United on goal difference.

Crowd drive Forest to result

In the first half Forest were keen to use the pace of Brennan Johnson in behind the Chelsea defence and he came closest for the hosts in a one-on-one with Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Despite falling behind early on the atmosphere at the City Ground built throughout the half, inspired in part by the crowd becoming frustrated by the performance of referee Peter Bankes.

Steve Cooper’s team then leapt out of the blocks after the break, with Johnson having an effort saved before Gibbs-White rattled the underside of the bar with a wonderful strike.

The runs of Johnson and Taiwo Awoniyi in the channels caused Chelsea problems throughout the game, but as has been the case throughout the season – they have only scored 12 goals in 17 league games – they lacked the necessary quality in the final third.

It took a superb piece of finishing from defender Aurier to earn them a point but with yet more additions likely to be on their way in the January transfer window and a vocal fan base that has helped them go unbeaten in six games in all competitions, they have a chance of survival.

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Nottingham Forest

Starting XI

  1. Squad number1Player nameHenderson

    Average rating

    6.54

  2. Squad number24Player nameAurier

    Average rating

    7.11

  3. Squad number4Player nameWorrall

    Average rating

    6.62

  4. Squad number30Player nameBoly

    Average rating

    6.93

  5. Squad number32Player nameRenan Lodi

    Average rating

    6.58

  6. Squad number22Player nameYates

    Average rating

    6.98

  7. Squad number23Player nameFreuler

    Average rating

    6.70

  8. Squad number5Player nameMangala

    Average rating

    6.70

  9. Squad number20Player nameJohnson

    Average rating

    7.09

  10. Squad number10Player nameGibbs-White

    Average rating

    7.27

  11. Squad number9Player nameAwoniyi

    Average rating

    7.25

Substitutes

  1. Squad number7Player nameN Williams

    Average rating

    6.40

  2. Squad number8Player nameColback

    Average rating

    6.41

  3. Squad number16Player nameSurridge

    Average rating

    6.79

Chelsea

Starting XI

  1. Squad number1Player nameArrizabalaga

    Average rating

    5.11

  2. Squad number28Player nameAzpilicueta

    Average rating

    4.48

  3. Squad number26Player nameKoulibaly

    Average rating

    4.24

  4. Squad number6Player nameThiago Silva

    Average rating

    5.78

  5. Squad number32Player nameCucurella

    Average rating

    4.43

  6. Squad number20Player nameZakaria

    Average rating

    4.51

  7. Squad number5Player nameJorginho

    Average rating

    4.06

  8. Squad number19Player nameMount

    Average rating

    4.49

  9. Squad number17Player nameSterling

    Average rating

    4.20

  10. Squad number29Player nameHavertz

    Average rating

    4.47

  11. Squad number10Player namePulisic

    Average rating

    4.65

Substitutes

  1. Squad number8Player nameKovacic

    Average rating

    4.61

  2. Squad number9Player nameAubameyang

    Average rating

    3.17

  3. Squad number22Player nameZiyech

    Average rating

    4.82

  4. Squad number23Player nameGallagher

    Average rating

    4.38

  5. Squad number30Player nameChukwuemeka

    Average rating

    4.15

Line-ups

Nottm Forest

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Henderson
  • 24Aurier
  • 4Worrall
  • 30Boly
  • 32LodiBooked at 90mins
  • 22YatesBooked at 43mins
  • 23Freuler
  • 5MangalaSubstituted forColbackat 78′minutes
  • 20JohnsonSubstituted forSurridgeat 82′minutes
  • 10Gibbs-White
  • 9AwoniyiSubstituted forN Williamsat 88′minutes

Substitutes

  • 3S Cook
  • 7N Williams
  • 8Colback
  • 13Hennessey
  • 14O’Brien
  • 15Toffolo
  • 16Surridge
  • 25Dennis
  • 26McKenna

Chelsea

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Arrizabalaga
  • 28AzpilicuetaBooked at 53mins
  • 26Koulibaly
  • 6Thiago Silva
  • 32Cucurella
  • 20ZakariaSubstituted forKovacicat 61′minutes
  • 5JorginhoSubstituted forZiyechat 72′minutes
  • 19MountSubstituted forAubameyangat 73′minutes
  • 17SterlingSubstituted forGallagherat 72′minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 29Havertz
  • 10PulisicSubstituted forChukwuemekaat 87′minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Kovacic
  • 9Aubameyang
  • 13Bettinelli
  • 14Chalobah
  • 22Ziyech
  • 23Gallagher
  • 30Chukwuemeka
  • 56Hutchinson
  • 67Hall

Referee:
Peter Bankes

Attendance:
29,229

Match Stats

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Match ends, Nottingham Forest 1, Chelsea 1.

  • Source: BBC

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