…win seals Premier League survival
Manchester City claimed their third-straight EPL title without kicking the ball on Saturday as Taiwo Awoniyi scored the only goal in Nottingham Forest’s 1-0 win over Arsenal.
The win was also enough to seal Forest’s survival in the Premier League with a game to spare.
Awoniyi who has been in good goalscoring form coming into the game with a brace in his last two games connected well with Morgan Gibbs-White’s angled pass into the penalty area in the 19th minute to score the game’s only goal.
The Nigerian also became the third player in the history of Nottingham Forest to score in three successive leage goals after Dougie Freedman in 1988/89 season and Danilo last month.
Arsenal dominated possession but Mikel Arteta’s men could not find a way through Forest’s spirited defence in order to force City to win a fifth title in six years themselves.
Forests who were second to bottom with only six games remaining in the season have a rejuvenated Awoniyi who now has 10 EPL goals to his credit for helping them after returning following a three-month absence with a groin injury.
“If I ever lacked belief or confidence there is no way players would have it,” Forests boss Steven Cooper said after the game. “Never once did I lack that.
“At times it was difficult. We went two-and-a-half months without winning a game. Think about that.
“It was my fourth year in first-team football and I knew I would experience losing more. But I needed to suffer and go through difficult periods.
“I have a long way to go before I am a proper manager but if I am serious about managing this club I needed to show I could do it in difficult moments as well.”