Nigeria international Taiwo Awoniyi netted his second Premier League goal of the season as Nottingham Forest fell to a fourth straight defeat as they were toppled 3-2 at home to Fulham.

Taiwo Awoniyi had put the Reds in front. But, for the second game running, they suffered a second half collapse at the City Ground, with the visitors turning the game on its head.

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The hosts led at the break thanks to Awoniyi’s second of the season. But they had spent much of the opening 45 minutes on the back foot, in a warning of what was to come.

The breakthrough came with 11 minutes gone. A probing run from Brennan Johnson found Morgan Gibbs-White, and when he earned a corner with a deflected effort, Forest made the most of it. Gibbs-White whipped the ball in, Ryan Yates flicked it on and Awoniyi was on hand to nod home at the far post.

The Reds were soon on the back foot again, though. And they might well have been fortunate not to go down to 10 men before the half hour.

Steve Cook dragged back Willian as he raced through on goal. The foul was just outside the box, and referee Jared Gillett deemed Willy Boly was covering, handing Cook a booking rather than an early bath.

Although the resulting free-kick was headed away, Aleksandar Mitrovic worked Dean Henderson with a free header from the corner which followed. At the other end of the pitch, Renan Lodi had a tame effort blocked as half-time neared.

It was a familiar feeling for Forest as they fell apart after the break. Fulham turned the game around with three goals in six minutes from Tosin Adarabioyo, Joao Palhinha and Harrison Reed.

Lewis O’Brien pulled one back heading towards the final 10 minutes, but it was too little, too late.


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