Bournemouth held by Forest as Billing sees red. AFC Bournemouth 1-1 Nottingham Forest

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Philip Billing saw red as Bournemouth drew 1-1 with Nottingham Forest at the Vitality Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

The Cherries opened the scoring just six minutes in with Justin Kluivert tapping home from a corner, but it was cancelled out by a moment of brilliance from Callum Hudson-Odoi as the wingercurled the ball past Neto from outside the box just before the break. 

The second half was uneventful, but Billing saw red six minutes from time after a poor challenge on Hudson-Odoi. The result keeps Bournemouth in 12th place, however the Cherries are still yet to win a Premier League game in 2024.

Andoni Iraola made just two changes to the side that played West Ham on Thursday with Marcus Tavernier and Alex Scott being replaced by Justin Kluivert and Luis Sinisterra. Deadline day signing Enes Unal was unable to feature due to visa issues.

Oppositely Nuno Espirito Santo made six changes to his team, including the debut of goalkeeper Matz Sels who replaced Matt Turner. The other changes saw Gonzalo Montiel, Harry Toffolo, Orel Mangala, Chris Wood and Danilo all not in the starting eleven. Nuno Tavares, Nicolas Dominguez, Jerry Yates, Tayo Awoniyi and Callum Hudson-Odoi all came in. Loan signing Gio Reyna made the bench for the visitors after signing on deadline day.

Bournemouth opened the scoring six minutes in through Justin Kluivert. A corner was swung in by Lewis Cook at the near post, it was flicked on by Sinisterra and it was going in, but the dutchman got a touch on the goal line and gave the Cherries the lead. The home side had been dominant in the opening stages, with Forest struggling to get out of their own half.

Five minutes later the away side broke into the Bournemouth half, Morgan Gibbs-White played a pass through to Awoniyi, but the striker slipped and scuffed his shot straight to Neto.

The Nigerian was causing problems for Bournemouth in the 15th minute as he received the ball about 30-yards from goal and managed to beat Senesi with ease before driving towards the home goal. He managed to get a shot away but it was poor and straight at Neto again.

In the 22nd minute Ryan Christie went down injured holding his leg. Straight after the restart Senesi was booked for a late challenge on Hudson-Odoi.

In the 24th minute Nottingham Forest had another chance to level as Morgan Gibbs-White swung in a free kick, it was headed on by Murillo and the ball fell to Yates, he swung his leg at the ball but it was straight into the legs of Neto.

Ten minutes later Kluivert picked up a yellow card. Referee Rebecca Welch gave Bournemouth a free-kick and afterwards the goal scorer collided with Elanga.

The rest of the first half was uneventful, but a moment of magic from Callum Hudson-Odoi levelled the score on the stroke of half-time. The ball fell to the winger following a free kick, he took a step to the right and curled the ball past Neto from the outside the box.

The Cherries made a change at the break, with Marcus Tavernier replacing Semenyo, who seemed injured in the first half.

Eight minutes in and Kluivert should’ve seen red for a late challenge on a Forest player. 30 seconds later he pushed over Omobamidele, but the defender was booked for dissent after Welch didn’t show the dutchman his marching orders. That proved to be his last action, with him and Christie being taken off for Philip Billing and Alex Scott.

Nuno Espirito Santo was next to see yellow with his coming in the 62nd minute.

Both teams made changes with 20 minutes to go. Bournemouth brought on a returning Dango Ouattara, the visitors brought on Danilo for Dominguez.

Yates received a yellow card in the 74th minute for trying to stop a counter attack. He was unsuccessful as Bournemouth won a corner, but it came to nothing.

In the 78th minute Forest made a double change with Elanga and MWilliams being replaced by Gonzalo Montiel and a debuting Gio Reyna.

Andoni Iraola made his final change with seven minutes to go, with Milos Kerkez replacing Kelly. Instantly after Billing was showed red for a challenge in the middle of the pitch on Callum Hudson-Odoi. 

Hudson-Odoi was subbed off a few minutes after the challenge, being replaced by Ribeiro.

The second half didn't provide much action besides the red card, and the result means that Bournemouth remain 12th and without a league win in 2024. They next play on the 10th of February away at Fulham.

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