Isak strikes late in both halves as Newcastle beat Nottingham Forest
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Newcastle took all three points and took a big step towards a top-four finish when Alexander Isak’s brace gave the Magpies a 2-1 win over Nottingham Forest at the City Ground on Friday.
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The win puts Newcastle (47 points – 5th place) just a point behind Tottenham in 4th place, with a game in hand (and a head-to-head to come, on April 23). Nottingham Forest (26 points), meanwhile, remain in 13th place and just two points above the relegation zone with 11 games to go.
It was all Newcastle early on as Renan Lodi nearly put the ball into his own net as the Magpies executed a clever set piece almost flawlessly in the 12th minute but they failed to break through and had to pay just before the half hour mark .
Newcastle defender Sven Botman played a blind ball to Forest’s Emmanuel Dennis when the Nigeria international intercepted the back pass intended for goalkeeper Nick Pope. Dennis initially couldn’t put a shot away, but he eventually found a narrow window through which he floated the ball over Pope and just ahead of Botman’s head for the opening goal.
It lasted nearly 47 minutes but Newcastle finally got their just reward for all their attacking intent. Somehow, Isak got a foot into Joe Willock’s cross, which Isak found but fell uncomfortably behind the Sweden striker, angling him from the inside of the far post as the final seconds of first-half injury time ticked by.