BREANNAN JOHNSON SCORES A BRACE AS FOREST & EVERTON SETTLE FOR 2-2 DRAW

Brennan Johnson scored twice for Nottingham Forest to salvage a point against Everton, who missed the chance to move out of the Premier League relegation zone.

The visitors had led twice but the draw leaves them in the bottom three on goal difference behind Leeds United.

In an electrifying contest, Demarai Gray put Everton ahead from the penalty spot following Jonjo Shelvey’s trip on Dwight McNeil.

But Forest were soon level. Toffees keeper Jordan Pickford parried out Morgan Gibbs-White’s shot and Johnson coolly slotted in at the near post.

Abdoulaye Doucoure restored Everton’s lead by nodding in from close range before half-time, but Johnson’s delightful curler into the top corner with 13 minutes remaining earned a point for the hosts.

Everton’s away blues continue

Having seen fellow strugglers Bournemouth, West Ham and Leeds all lose on Saturday, Everton had an opportunity to move up to 16th in the table, but they left a rowdy City Ground frustrated.

And after losing their past three away games without scoring, the Toffees did show some progress.

Gray notched his fourth league goal of the season to become his club’s top scorer this campaign, while Doucoure’s header ensured they avoided going a club-record 14 consecutive games without scoring more than one goal.

And McNeil came close to adding a third before the interval but his long-range drive was brilliantly tipped over the crossbar by Keylor Navas.

But their inability to win away from Goodison Park is costing them dear. Johnson’s late equaliser means Everton still have just one away victory this season, at Southampton on 1 October.

Kesh Awefada

Kesh Awefada

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