Wasteful Manchester City lose ground on Arsenal in title race after Nottingham Forest draw
Manchester City lost ground on fellow Premier League title challengers Arsenal after being held to a 1-1 draw at Nottingham Forest as Chris Wood’s late leveller cancelled out Bernardo Silva’s sublime opener.
A moment of solo brilliance from Silva in the 41st minute looked to be sending City back to the summit, but for an impressive second-half resurgence from Steve Cooper’s side, who converted their only shot on target with six minutes remaining.
Earlier in the day, Arsenal were forced to come from behind twice to beat Aston Villa, usurping City in the race for the title, and the Gunners now hold a two-point advantage at the top with a game in hand.
Erling Haaland, attempting to respond to recent claims he is not the correct fit for City’s style of play, struck the crossbar before blasting the resulting rebound aimlessly over in the second half, as the wasteful visitors couldn’t turn their dominance into anything more than a solitary point.
How big these two dropped points will be in the race for the Premier League crown remains to be seen, with Pep Guardiola admitting he was “sad and disappointed” not to have capitalised on significant momentum in the game.
Forest are now unbeaten in eight home league encounters, winning half of those – their best home unbeaten run in the top-flight since 1996. “We sacrificed ideals,” manager Steve Cooper said after the game. “We gave up what we usually want to do in games of football but it’s a positive result,” he summarised.