Burnley's VAR Frustration in 1-1 Draw with Nottingham Forest
Burnley secured their first Premier League point since their return but were left disappointed by a 1-1 draw against Nottingham Forest on Monday, with a late disallowed goal causing frustration.
Vincent Kompany's team initially absorbed pressure and then took the lead in the 41st minute with a splendid finish from Zeki Amdouni, following excellent work by Luca Kolesoho.
Burnley gained confidence and appeared comfortable in the early stages of the second half. However, they were stunned when Callum Hudson-Odoi curled in a magnificent equalizer in the 61st minute.
Forest attempted to maintain their momentum, but Burnley believed they had reclaimed the lead when Lyle Foster slotted in Sander Berge's low cross. Unfortunately, the goal was disallowed due to a seemingly harsh handball call against Berge.
Foster's frustration escalated as he was shown a red card in stoppage time for an elbowing incident.
The draw elevated Forest to eighth place in the table, accumulating seven points from five games. Meanwhile, Burnley found themselves in 19th place with just one point from four games.
Burnley might have been celebrating their first win, but the decision to disallow Foster's goal seemed severe, as referee Robert Jones chose to overturn it after VAR intervention.
Berge had eluded Forest defender Scott McKenna with ease before providing the assist to Foster. Still, his arm unintentionally brushed against the ball as he entered the penalty area.
"Even the defender who was in the duel with Sander didn't see anything," Kompany mentioned to Sky Sports as he reviewed the incident in slow motion. He added, "What do you want me to say? I really can't do anything about it, I don't feel anger I'm just proud of the team and the squad right now."
Forest had begun the match with confidence due to their impressive start to the season and kept Burnley on the defensive in the early minutes, with Hudson-Odoi forcing a save from visiting goalkeeper James Trafford.
However, it was Burnley who took the lead, with Kolesoho's pace and creativity on the left being instrumental. He raced past Gonzalo Montiel and set up Amdouni, who smashed home a low shot from the edge of the area.
Kolesoho created another opportunity for Burnley early in the second half, but Charlie Taylor's volley missed the target.
Forest's equalizer was worth the wait, as Hudson-Odoi, making his Premier League debut for Forest, picked up the ball on the left, cut inside, and curled a right-footed shot into the net, striking the inside of the far post.
Both teams had opportunities to win, but the draw ultimately seemed a fair result, even though Foster's frustration was evident in his elbowing incident against Ryan Yates, leading to a red card after a VAR review.
"It's a moment of inexperience and something you can't excuse, but at the same time he has played his heart out for the team," Kompany remarked.