Forest's Winless Streak Continues in Goalless Draw vs. Palace
|Morgan Gibbs-White of Nottingham Forest is challenged by Tyrick Mitchell of Crystal Palace during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Nottingham Forest at Selhurst Park on October 07, 2023 in London, England(Image-Getty)
Nottingham Forest's winless streak in the Premier League extended to four games as they played to a goalless draw against Crystal Palace on Saturday.
In the first half, Nottingham Forest dominated play, with Morgan Gibbs-White's superb first-time volley hitting the post and a solo effort by Murillo being denied by Crystal Palace goalkeeper Sam Johnstone.
Jean-Philippe Mateta had an opportunity for Palace in the second half, but he slipped and missed their best chance. Apart from that, Palace struggled to create much in attack and had to withstand late pressure from Nottingham Forest to secure the draw.
With two losses in eight games this season, Palace currently sits ninth in the Premier League standings with 12 points, ahead of both Manchester United and Chelsea. Nottingham Forest is three points behind in 13th place.
Nottingham Forest made 16 shot attempts during the match, and it's only the second time they've had more attempts in a Premier League game without scoring since their return to the top flight in 2022.
"We had the better moments in the game, the more clear-cut chances," commented Morgan Gibbs-White to Sky Sports. "We were unlucky not to get the three points, but compared to where we were last season, this is a step forward. We will take the point, but deep down, we know if we had taken our chances, we would be leaving with three points."
Crystal Palace has recorded more clean sheets in the Premier League this season than any other team, with four shutouts in their first eight matches. This marks their highest number of clean sheets at this stage in a top-flight campaign since 1979-80.
"Twelve points from eight games at this stage of the season is a very good return," said Palace boss Roy Hodgson. "Each game has had a story, and today's story wasn't what we dreamed of, but we dealt with it. We will take the point and move on."