Nottingham Forest drew 1-1 with Everton at the weekend, with Brennan Johnson scoring his first Premier League goal. After the Goodison Park clash, the forward posted on Instagram and received praise from Orel Mangala and Morgan Gibbs-White.
Johnson scored with 10 minutes remaining on Merseyside. He pounced to slot past Jordan Pickford after the England goalkeeper could only palm a Ryan Yates effort into his path.
The Reds couldn’t hold on. Demarai Gray scored with two minutes of the 90 remaining to give Everton their first point of the 2022/23 campaign and stun the away end into silence.
Johnson will be glad to break his Premier League duck. He was denied a maiden Premier League goal against West Ham last week after a VAR check ruled that he was offside before scoring.
Now, he’s up and running for the campaign. The challenge for Johnson is to justify the huge price tag that Forest placed on him last season and score goals on a regular basis in the Premier League.
At 21-years-old, the future looks very bright. He will be living the dream playing for his boyhood club in the top flight and he will be desperate to do well during 2022/23.
Johnson receives praise on Instagram
Gibbs-White came on to make his debut at Goodison Park. Everton actually tried to hijack Forest’s bid late on Thursday night but their efforts proved to be in vain.
His performance was eye-catching. Gibbs-White shows a willingness to get on the ball and isn’t afraid to drop deep in order to get involved in the game.
After Johnson’s heroics at the weekend, he wrote on Instagram: “My boy.”
Similarly, Mangala also enjoyed a quality performance in the red of Forest; picking up where he left off during last weekend’s 1-0 win over West Ham at the City Ground.
A bit of fatigue saw him withdrawn in the second half but it was still a fine performance by the Belgian who was signed from VfB Stuttgart during the summer.
He wrote on Instagram: “Love it, twin.”