Newcastle United beat Nottingham Forest in dramatic fashion on Friday night thanks to a brace from Alexander Isak.
Isak drew Newcastle level on the stroke of half time, then converted a penalty in stoppage time.
It was a deserved win for Eddie Howe’s side, who were made to work for all three points. But the win lifts the Magpies even closer to the top four, and here are three things we learned from the game at the City Ground.
Sven Botman is not perfect after all
After an almost perfect start to his Newcastle career, Sven Botman finally made a mistake.
He was at fault for Emmanuel Dennis’ goal. The defender looked to play a pass back to Nick Pope, but it was intercepted by the Forest forward. He then did brilliantly to round the Toon goalkeeper and dink an effort into the net.
It was a rare error from Botman, who has been outstanding since his £35million move from Lille. But the 23-year-old is human after all, and is capable of mistakes.
Luckily it did not cost us.
Eddie Howe’s fist half tweak
A minor change from Eddie Howe in the first half got Newcastle back into the game. Allan Saint-Maximin and Alexander Isak switched positions, and it allowed the Magpies to get back into the game.
Saint-Maximin, who ended up in a central role, drifted to the right and played Joe Willock in behind. He then produced a clever cross to find Isak. The 23-year-old did the rest, with an instinctive finish dragging Newcastle level before half time.
Had Howe not swapped Isak and Saint-Maximin around, the equaliser would not have played out like it did.
No one knows the offside rule
It looked like local lad Elliot Anderson had given Newcastle the lead with a header, but his goal was chalked off after intervention from VAR.
That was because Sean Longstaff was apparently offside in the buildup, but was he? It was such a strange indicident.
The Toon midfielder was in an offside position, but whether he actually played the ball is up for debate. VAR clearly didn’t know,as they got Paul Tierney to have a look at the screen. That was odd in itself, as surely it is black and white. Why couldn’t the VAR officials make the decision?
It was all very odd, and ended with Anderson being denied a first ever Newcastle goal.