England cricketer Liam Livingstone made himself look pretty foolish with one of his predictions ahead of Blackburn Rovers taking on Nottingham Forest in the Championship.
The man who smashed England’s quickest T20 hundred at Trent Bridge last summer against Pakistan is an ardent Blackburn supporter.
He made a prediction last night that he would eat his hat if a goal wasn’t scored by Ben Brereton Diaz that was assisted by newcomer Ryan Giles.
Livingstone was left with egg on his face. The former Forest man barely had a kick and Giles couldn’t escape the attention of Djed Spence as he marauded forward from left-back.
Forest were better than Blackburn on the night. The Reds were forced to stand firm at the back but from their opener in the opening 30 minutes, Steve Cooper’s team never looked like losing.
James Garner opened the scoring following some good work by Keinan Davis. Forest were forced to make do with a one-goal lead until stoppage time when Brennan Johnson fired him a penalty to seal the points.
After the win, Forest have edged into the play-off places. They will face Stoke on Saturday and a win over the Potters could help them further cement a place.
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What a performance this was. It sounds a little arrogant but Livingstone really should stick to cricket when it comes to his predictions as he wrote Forest off all too easily.
Brereton Diaz struggled massively against the brilliant Joe Worrall, Steve Cook and Scott McKenna and he never really looked like scoring throughout the game.
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Livingstone is a stunning cricketer. He was firmly in the runs last summer for Eoin Morgan’s one-day team and he’s one of the finest batsmen in that form of the game.
When it comes to predictions about football, however, he’s not the sharpest knife in the drawer.