Nottingham Forest fans were on the edge of their seats on Sunday afternoon when their beloved Forest played Ipswich Town in an encounter in which they had to give it their all to secure status in the Championship next season.
Nottingham Forest and Blackburn were already well clear of Wigan in the relegation zone, but on the final day of the season both sides were level on points and it was Nottingham Forest who narrowly avoided the dreaded drop.
Blackburn will need to come to terms with life in League One next year when they’ll be playing the likes of Bristol Rovers, but for Nottingham Forest, they’ll have a chance to put this season behind them and hopefully compete at the better end of the table next term.
The day could have gone either way for both sides
Both sides were level on points before the final games kicked off, but as Nottingham Forest had a better goal difference, Blackburn needed to beat their opponents in style or at least hope Nottingham Forest would get a thrashing from Ipswich.
Blackburn did their job and came away from Brentford as 3-1 winners, but it was unfortunate for Tony Mowbray and his men that Nottingham Forest also came away with the spoils and managed to beat Ipswich 3-0.
That spelt the end for Blackburn Rovers and it now means Nottingham Forest fans can look forward to another season in the Championship.
It wasn’t an easy day for Nottingham Forest fans
Championship survival on the last day of the season is a great feat, but it didn’t come easy. Both Birmingham and Blackburn were early leaders and Forest had to wait until the final minutes of the first half before they were awarded a penalty which gave them a 1-0 lead going into the second-half.
Ipswich weren’t going down without a fight though, and it was Forest keeper Jordan Smith that had to make a couple of magnificent saves to deny Ipswich from getting back into the game.
As the game went on, it was clear Forest’s chances of survival were growing when they went 2-0 up on the 57th minute thanks to a Chris Cohen deflected strike. The good news didn’t stop there for Forest fans though, as just a few minutes after going 2-0 up Blackburn conceded to make it 2-1.
The 69th minute approached and with Forest likely going to be staying in the Championship already, it was Britt Assombalonga who put the icing on the cake with a fine solo strike to make it 3-0. Forest fans were chanting at the top of their voices and it was the blue and whites that had their faces in their hands.
Flocks of fans congratulated Forest players
When the final whistle blew, it was Forests’ lucky day with Blackburn dropping to League One. The City Ground was filled with 30,445 fans and many them flocked to the pitch to congratulate players on securing Championship status. It will be interesting to see how many buy season tickets next year.
Will Forest compete next season?
Reports suggest Nottingham Forest are very close to a takeover from current Olympiacos owners and that could give them the further financing they need to compete at the right end of the Championship next year.
Do you think Forest will have a chance of Premier League promotion or do you think they’ll be sitting ducks in a relegation battle once again? The bookies are already starting to take bets on which Championship teams will get relegated and promotes next year.
Forest fans would have loved to have secured their Championship status a lot earlier than the last day of the season to calm nerves, but survival by any means necessary is a great feat for any club under the cosh for much of the season.