Dowell penalty helps Forest conquer Arsenal

Sunday, 7 January, 2018 0comments  |  Jump to last
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Kieran Dowell scored a controversial penalty to set the seal on Nottingham Forest's FA Cup Third Round victory over Arsenal this afternoon.

Having served up the opener with an inswinging free kick, the on-loan Everton winger was involved in Forest's first penalty, scored a few minutes earlier when Rob Holding tried to clear his back-heel in the box but tripped Danny Cash instead.

18-year-old striker Ben Brereton converted that penalty to make it 3-1 but after Danny Welbeck scored to make it 3-2, the Gunners had hope going into the final stages.

However, when Armand Traore was felled by Matieu Debuchy, Dowell was handed responsibility for the second penalty and scored despite slipping as he struck the ball.

Referee Jon Moss consulted with his assistant over calls from Arsenal players that Dowell had made contact with the ball twice — television replays showed that the kick should indeed have been re-taken — but the goal stood and Forest progressed to the Fourth Round.