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Game #5468

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Attendance: 32,868

Drew

Championship

8th (-)

Nottingham Forest

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ

Villa Park

Rampant Villa are held in a remarkable game at Villa Park as Dean Smith's appointment looks the masterstroke everybody had hoped for.

Aston Villa

5-5

Nottingham Forest

Assist(s) | Yannick Bolasie | 11โ€™ | Jack Grealish | 71โ€™ | Neil Taylor | 75โ€™ |

KEY MAN

Four goal hero Tammy Abraham, 28 November 2018

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MATCH TIMELINE

๐Ÿฅ… | 3โ€™ Goal, 0-1, (Nottingham Forest), Lewis Grabban
๐Ÿฅ… | 6โ€™ Goal, 0-2, (Nottingham Forest), Joรฃo Carvalho
โšฝ | 11โ€™ Goal, 1-2, Tammy Abraham, Assist by Yannick Bolasie
โšฝ | 14โ€™ Goal, 2-2, Tammy Abraham
๐ŸŸจ | 20โ€™ Booking, Yannick Bolasie for a bad foul
๐Ÿฅ… | 22โ€™ Goal, 2-3, (Nottingham Forest), Matty Cash
โšฝ | 36โ€™ Goal, 3-3, Tammy Abraham (pen)
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Aston Villa 3-3 Nottingham Forest
๐Ÿฅ… | 51โ€™ Goal, 3-4, (Nottingham Forest), Joe Lolley
๐Ÿ” | 66โ€™ Sub off, Jonathan Kodija, Sub on, Anwar El Ghazi
๐ŸŸฅ | 68โ€™ Sending off, (Nottingham Forest), Tobias Figueiredo
๐ŸŸจ | 69โ€™ Booking, Alan Hutton
โšฝ | 71โ€™ Goal, 4-4, Tammy Abraham, Assist by Jack Grealish
โšฝ | 75โ€™ Goal, 5-4, Anwar El Ghazi, Assist by Neil Taylor
๐Ÿ” | 79โ€™ Sub off, John McGinn, Sub on, Glenn Whelan
๐Ÿฅ… | 82โ€™ Goal, 5-5, (Nottingham Forest), Lewis Grabban
๐Ÿ” | 83โ€™ Sub off, Yannick Bolasie, Sub on, Ahmed Elmohamady
๐ŸŸจ | 87โ€™ Booking, Anwar El Ghazi for hand ball
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Aston Villa 5-5 Nottingham Forest

ON THIS DAY

Tammy Abraham became the first Villa player to score 4 goals in a game since David Platt against Ipswich Town on Wednesday, 30 November 1988 and the first in the League since Tony Hateley against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday, 19 March 1966.

Former Villa centre forward Lewis Grabban scores a double whilst future Villa right back Matty Cash lined up for Forest.

Aston Villa

European Cup / Champions League: ๐Ÿ†
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1995-96

Nottingham Forest

European Cup / Champions League: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1989-90

FIXTURE HISTORY

Nottingham Forest

Previous 5 vs. Forest: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ

FIXTURE DETAILS

Seasons | 2018-19 |
Matchday | #21 |
League Game | #19 |
Manager Game | #7 |
Wednesday, 28 November 2018

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Dean Smith | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | West Bromwich, 2018-2021
Referee:ย Simon Hooper | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Wiltshire, 2008-
Kick off: 7.45pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 3-3
FT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 5-5
FT Result: ๐ŸŸจ Drew
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee:ย Simon Hooper | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Wiltshire, 2008-
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฅ 23 Oct 18, Villa 1-2 Norwich (a)
Cards: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ
Assistants: Constantine Hatzidakis, Mick McDonough

CARDS

Villa

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Nottingham Forest

๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Simon Hooper

TEAM NEWS

John McGinn returns from injury in place of Glenn Whelan and Dean Smith hands Yannick Bolasie his first start with Albert Adomah injured.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age: | 27.09 |
Oldest Player: RB Alan Hutton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | 34.02 |
Youngest Player: CB Axel Tuanzebe | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 21.05 |

MANAGER

MANAGER

Dean Smith | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Aitor Karanka | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |

Aston Villa

GK ร˜rjan Nyland | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด |
LB Neil Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ |
CB James Chester | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
CB Axel Tuanzebe | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Alan Hutton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M John McGinn | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Conor Hourihane | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
M Jack Grealish | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ |
W Yannick Bolasie | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฉ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Tammy Abraham | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ | โšฝ | โšฝ | โšฝ |
CF Jonathan Kodija | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฎ | ๐Ÿ” |

Nottingham Forest

GK Costel Pantillimon | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช |
LB Jack Robinson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Tobias Figueiredo | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น | ๐ŸŸฅ |
CB Michael Dawson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Tendayi Darikwa | ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ผ | ๐ŸŸจ |
RB Matty Cash | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Jack Colback | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Joรฃo Carvalho | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น | โšฝ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Claudio Yacob | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐ŸŸจ |
W Joe Lolley | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |
CF Lewis Grabban (ex) | ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ | โšฝ | โšฝ | ๐Ÿ” |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” W Anwar El Ghazi | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | โšฝ | ๐ŸŸจ | for CF Jonathan Kodija | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฎ | 66โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” M Glenn Whelan | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | for M John McGinn | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | 79โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” RB Ahmed Elmohamady | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฌ | for W Yannick Bolasie | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฉ | 83โ€™ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | CB Michael Hefele | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช | for M Joรฃo Carvalho | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น | 70โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | W Gil Dias | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น | for RB Matty Cash | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 77โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | CF Karim Ansarifard | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท | for CF Lewis Grabban (ex) | ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ | 89โ€™ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Mark Bunn | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Jake Doyle-Hayes | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
F Callum Oโ€™Hare | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
F Scott Hogan | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Luke Steele | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Saidy Janko | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ |
M Adlรจne Guรฉdioura | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฟ |
M Ben Osborn | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

SQUAD STATS

1st XI Cost: ยฃ32.67m
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 7/11
Homegrown: 1/11
Subs Cost: ยฃ10.62m
Team Cost: ยฃ43.29m
Squad Cost: ยฃ52.74m
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 9/18
Homegrown: 3/18

MATCHDAY SQUAD

GK ร˜rjan Nyland | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด | ยฃ2.70m |
GK Mark Bunn | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Free |

RB Alan Hutton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ยฃ4.05m |
RB Ahmed Elmohamady | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฌ | ยฃ0.99m |
LB Neil Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | Exchange |

CB James Chester | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | ยฃ8.37m |
CB Axel Tuanzebe | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Loan |

M Conor Hourihane | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | ยฃ3.15m |
M John McGinn | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ยฃ2.79m |
M Glenn Whelan | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | ยฃ1.53m |
M Jack Grealish | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Youth |
M Jake Doyle-Hayes | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | Youth |

W Anwar El Ghazi | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ยฃ8.10m |
W Yannick Bolasie | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฉ | Loan |

CF Jonathan Kodjia | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฎ | ยฃ11.61m |
F Scott Hogan | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | ยฃ9.45m |
F Callum Oโ€™Hare | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Youth |
CF Tammy Abraham | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Loan |

SQUAD STATS

1st XI Cost: ยฃ22.14m
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 5/11
Homegrown: โญ•/11
Subs Cost: ยฃ0.28m
Team Cost: ยฃ22.42m
Squad Cost: ยฃ22.42m
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 7/18
Homegrown: 1/18

MATCHDAY SQUAD

GK Costel Pantillimon | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช | Free |
GK Luke Steele | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Free |

RB Tendayi Darikwa | ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ผ | ยฃ0.94m |
LB Jack Robinson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Free |
RB Matty Cash | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Free |
RB Saidy Janko | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ | Loan |

CB Tobias Figueiredo | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น | ยฃ1.98m |
CB Michael Hefele | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช | ยฃ0.28m |
CB Michael Dawson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Free |

M Joรฃo Carvalho | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น | ยฃ12.86m |
M Ben Osborn | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Youth |
M Jack Colback | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Free |
M Claudio Yacob | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท | Free |
M Adlรจne Guรฉdioura | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฟ | Free |

W Joe Lolley | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ0.51m |
W Gil Dias | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น | Loan |

CF Lewis Grabban (ex) | ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ | ยฃ5.85m |
CF Karim Ansarifard | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท | Free |

UNAVAILABLE

Injury | 5 |
M Mile Jedinak | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ |
CF Keinan Davis | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Birkir Bjarnason | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ |
M Henri Lansbury | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Albert Adomah | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ญ |

Out on Loan | 9 |
M Gary Gardner | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Small Heath
GK Jed Steer | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Charlton
CB Easah Suliman | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Emmen
RB Mitch Clark | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | Port Vale
M Aaron Tshibola | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Kilmarnock
W Andrรฉ Green | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Portsmouth
CB Tommy Elphick | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Hull
RB Ritchie De Laet | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช | Melbourne
CF Ross McCormack | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | Central Coast Mariners

UNAVAILABLE

Not Recorded

Player Abbreviations:

GK : Goalkeeper

LB, RB, FB : Left Back, Right Back, Full Back

CB, D : Centre Back, Defender

M, W : Midfielder. Winger

F, CF : Forward, Centre Forward

๐ŸŸข : Debut ๐Ÿ”ด : Final Game

Symbols:

โšฝ | Goal
๐Ÿ”ฅ | Assist
๐Ÿ” | Substitution

๐ŸŸจ | Booking

๐ŸŸฅ | Sending off

๐Ÿ†˜ | Poor refereeing performance

DEBUT APPEARANCES

FINAL APPEARANCES

M Jake Doyle-Hayes | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | Final Squad Appearance |

MATCH STATS

Possession F | 63%
Possession A | 37%
Shots F | 26
Shots A | 8
Shots on Target F | 12
Shots on Target A | 5
Corners F | 12
Corners A | 2
Fouls F | 9
Fouls A | 18

TABLE

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PROGRAMME

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MATCHDAY QUOTES

*Villa boss Dean Smith*

โ€œI donโ€™t think our goalkeeperโ€™s made a save.

โ€œWeโ€™re devastated by the fifth goal because thatโ€™s something we shouldโ€™ve been better at.โ€

*Villa four-goal hero Tammy Abraham*

โ€œThese kind of games are great to watch at home on the sofa because itโ€™s really entertaining.

โ€œBut when youโ€™re on the pitch itโ€™s just end to end and you have to keep getting ready for a chance.โ€

*BBC Sport*
Wednesday, 28 November 2018

*Tammy Abraham scored four times for Aston Villa in a 10-goal thriller but they could only draw against 10-man Nottingham Forest.*

Forest had led 2-0 and 3-2 in the first half through Lewis Grabban, Joao Carvalho and Matthew Cashโ€™s goals but Abrahamโ€™s first-half treble put Villa level at half-time.

Joe Lolleyโ€™s long-range shot restored the visitorsโ€™ lead shortly after the break, before Tobias Figueiredo was sent off and Abraham capitalised, heading in from Jack Grealishโ€™s free-kick to make it 4-4.

Villa then took the lead for the first time when Anwar El Ghazi curled in, but Grabbanโ€™s near-post finish against the club where he was on loan last season earned a remarkable late point for Forest, who scored from all five of their efforts on target.

Incredibly, the hosts had the ball in the net twice more in the closing stages, but first El Ghazi was adjudged to have used his hand and then Abrahamโ€™s stoppage-time effort was ruled out for offside.

It would have meant an improbable fifth goal of the game for the 21-year-old Chelsea loanee, who had already registered his first hat-trick in senior football, reaching double figures for the season after only 14 appearances.

Forest squandered leads on three occasions, while Villa only led once in the entire match - yet still the teams could not be separated after 90 minutes. Here is how the chaos unfoldedโ€ฆ

* 3 mins: Grabban taps Forest in front (0-1)
* 6 mins: Carvalho slots in from Lolleyโ€™s good ball (0-2)
* 11 mins: Abraham heads in his first (1-2)
* 14 mins: The ball hits Abraham on its way in as Villa level (2-2)
* 22 mins: Cash races through Villaโ€™s porous defence to restore the lead (2-3)
* 36 mins: Abraham nets from the spot after Jack Robinson fouls Yannick Bolasie (3-3)
* 51 mins: Lolleyโ€™s super strike puts Forest back in front (3-4)
* 68 mins: Figueiredo dismissed for a bad foul on John McGinn (red card, 3-4)
* 71 mins: Abraham heads in his fourth (4-4)
* 75 mins: El Ghazi gives Villa the lead for the first time (5-4)
* 82 mins: Grabban finds the bottom corner (5-5)

Goals, goals, goals

Villa have now scored 12 times in three matches, after Sundayโ€™s lively 4-2 win over local rivals Birmingham City followed their impressive 3-0 win at Derby County.

But conceding goals had not previously been something visitors Forest were known for - Aitor Karankaโ€™s men arrived at Villa Park on a run of three consecutive clean sheets.

At the end of a breathless encounter, the two sides remained three points apart in the Championship table, with eighth-placed Villa still unbeaten at home since Dean Smithโ€™s arrival on 10 October.

Villa have taken 13 points from a possible 21 since he took charge.

โ€˜Great to watch on the sofaโ€™

It was a first professional hat-trick for Abraham and the England international did his best to sum up the extraordinary match.

โ€œThese kind of games are great to watch at home on the sofa because itโ€™s really entertaining,โ€ he told BBC WM 95.6. โ€œBut when youโ€™re on the pitch itโ€™s just end to end and you have to keep getting ready for a chance.โ€

Villa boss Smith pointed out that his side had 26 attempts on goal compared to eight for the visitors, adding that keeper Orjan
Nyland was not at his busiest.

โ€œI donโ€™t think our goalkeeperโ€™s made a save,โ€ he said. โ€œWeโ€™re devastated by the fifth goal because thatโ€™s something we shouldโ€™ve been better at.โ€

Forest manager Karanka told BBC Radio Nottingham: โ€œItโ€™s been a crazy game but we canโ€™t forget weโ€™ve played against one of the best teams, with better players, and we were attacking even with 10 men.โ€