Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Ethan Horvath is a Premier League goalkeeper once again. Luton defeated Coventry City 6-5 on penalties to reach the top division for the first time in 31 years.
Horvath didn’t manage to save a spot-kick during the shootout. He watched on, however, as Fankaty Dabo blasted his penalty high and wide of his goal to send Luton fans into delirium.
The game finished in a 1-1 draw after 120 minutes of action. Luton hit the front thanks to Jordan Clark but the Sky Blues equalised in the second half through the influential Gustavo Hamer.
Horvath is a winner at Wembley for the second successive season. He replaced Brice Samba late in the day during the play-off final of 2021/22 as Forest defeated Huddersfield Town.
The player was emotional at the end of the game and he sent a classy message to Tom Lockyer. Luton’s captain was stretchered off the field after collapsing on the Wembley turf with nobody around him.
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After the game, Forest’s on-loan goalkeeper told The Athletic: “We rallied and this was for Tom. We are a brotherhood, all behind each other, for something like that to happen is heartbreaking. We needed everybody today.”
Forest man Horvath reaches the Premier League
It’s not clear what the future will hold for the 27-year-old goalkeeper. He does have a year remaining on his deal at the City Ground, although it’s unlikely that he will get the chance of a reprieve at Forest.
Horvath has been in fine form for the Hatters during 2022/23. The fans have enjoyed watching him establish himself as the number-one goalkeeper and he’s kept 20 clean sheets during the campaign.
Luton may look to try and sign Horvath on a permanent basis. Rob Edwards will want to sign another goalkeeper but the American would likely be a valuable addition to the squad if only as the backup.
Ultimately, Horvath has a decision to make, however. The USA star will want to be playing regular football as he looks to try and establish himself as the number one custodian for his country.