Taiwo Awoniyi was not on the score sheet but his assist for Anthony Elanga’s goal helped Nottingham Forest earn their first win at the Stamford Bridge for the first time since 1995.
Heading into the encounter, Awoniyi was chasing the record of becoming the first African to score in eight consecutive Premier League games having tied both Egypt’s Mohammed Salah and Togo’s Emmanuel Seyi Adebayo on seven goals.
Awoniyi was also hoping to continue his impressive goal-scoring form against Chelsea having found the back of the net twice the last time both sides met in the Premier League. Despite not being on the score sheet, it was his nutmeg pass on Tiago Silva that put Elanga through on goal for their opener in the 48th minute.
Forest manager Steve Cooper said he was proud of the resolve his team showed to earn the maximum points at the Bridge, “The mental challenge of the game I thought we were really excellent at,” he said. “If we want to get results like today… it comes from within,” Cooper said after the match per Reuters.
The Nigeria international was on for 65 minutes before making way for Christian Wood. His compatriot Ola Amina was also in action for Cheikhou Kouyate in the 73rd minute of the encounter.