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N Forest 2 – 0 Tottenham


Tottenham left the Carabao Cup in dismal form as goals from Renan Lodi and Jesse Lingard gave Nottingham Forest a 2-0 third-round win over Antonio Conte’s side.

Forest well deserved the win and headed the post in the first half thanks to Taiwo Awoniyi, with Lingard and Joe Worrall also coming close as Spurs put on another poor first half performance.

But after the break, Lodi shot past Fraser Forster before Lingard completed another counterattack for the home side with a header from close range just minutes later.

Forest saw Orel Mangala sent off with 15 minutes after two possible fouls and substitute Richarlison, who had replaced Harry Kane from the bench following injury, conceded a goal. for offside when Spurs tried to come back.

Antonio Conte reacts when Tottenham are knocked out of the Carabao Cup by Nottingham Forest
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Antonio Conte reacts when Tottenham are knocked out of the Carabao Cup by Nottingham Forest

This competition was a reliable opportunity for Antonio Conte’s men to end their title drought, but it was a lousy performance. Tottenham have shown their intentions by naming a strong team, with no signs of rest for Harry Kane, who has started every game this season.

Forest made nine substitutions but started strong and was able to take the lead in the first 10 minutes. Davinson Sanchez managed to clear Awoniyi and the ball went wide of Forster’s post, forcing the Spurs keeper to cross and block Lingard’s header.

It was another unsatisfactory start from Spurs, who were hampered by a poor first half performance recently, and Forest kept pushing up as Lingard had a deflected effort and then Forster made a save. Worrall narrowly.

Spurs tried to get their hold of the game, although were never really threatened before the break except when Ivan Perisic’s cross found Matt Doherty in the far corner and the Irishman’s first attempt was thwarted. Wayne Hennessey beat.

Nottingham Forest's Renan Lodi celebrates after scoring against Tottenham
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Nottingham Forest’s Renan Lodi celebrates after scoring against Tottenham

Conte’s men, who went eight games without scoring in the first half, should have hoped for a strong as usual after the break, but that didn’t come as Forest strong start.

Lingard smashed into Forster’s palm before making a well-deserved breakthrough in the 50th minute.

Forest took possession of the ball back into the high court and sent the ball out to Lodi, who was allowed to move towards goal and cut in before unleashing a beautiful finish into the far corner.

The home side rushed to attack and only a brilliant save by Forster’s foot denied Sam Surridge a second. But Forest couldn’t be stopped when Lingard finally got his first goal for the club in the 57th minute, nodding from close range after Surridge hit Serge Aurier’s cross-corner.

Nottingham Forest's Jesse Lingard, right, celebrates his first goal for the club
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Nottingham Forest’s Jesse Lingard, right, celebrates his first goal for the club

Kane was withdrawn immediately in a substitution that appeared to have been pre-planned, which did not help Spurs’ chances of a comeback.

Forest’s night was made worse by Mangala’s red card in the 76th minute when he received a second yellow card for malice against Richarlison.

That didn’t prove costly, however, as Spurs were unable to recover, as Richarlison saw an effort ruled out for offside.

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