Frantic and fiery clash ends a draw after Brennan Johnson brace


Brennan Johnson grabbed a double as Everton and Nottingham Forest played out a hectic 2-2 draw in the Premier League on Sunday.

Forest welcomed back Serge Aurier for the crunch Premier League clash.

Aurier recovered from a calf injury and replaced Neco Williams in the only change to the side that started at West Ham last week.

Demarai Gray started in attack for Everton instead of Neal Maupay, with Ben Godfrey coming in for Vitaliy Mykolenko.

Everton started better and won an eighth-minute penalty after Jonjo Shelvey tripped Dwight McNeil.

After a lengthy wait Gray converted by sending Keylor Navas the wrong way.

Forest were level in the 19th minute as a spell of pressure was rewarded.

Brennan Johnson was on hand to fire home the rebound after Morgan Gibbs-White’s shot had been palmed away by Jordan Pickford.

Forest were pushing for a second but Everton regained their lead against the run of play just before half-time when Abdoulaye Doucoure stole in from a set-piece to head home from close range.

Everton had chances to extend their lead before the break but Navas tipped over from McNeil and Gray saw a shot blocked at the far post as the first half ended 2-1.

Everton looked in control but Forest levelled matters in the 76th minute as Johnson bagged his second.

Ryan Yates pulled the ball back from the right side and Johnson, who was left unmarked, found the top corner from 12 yards out.

More to follow…

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