Match ends, Nottingham Forest 1, Chelsea 1.
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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