Blackburn 1-4 Forest: Goals from Brennan Johnson, Jesse Lingard and Taiwo Awoniyi put Forest through to the last eight of the Carabao Cup against Blackburn after the match was delayed by 15 minutes due to traffic issues
- Brennan Johnson gave the visitors the lead after just 13 minutes from the spot
- Rovers drew level on the stroke of half-time through Scott Wharton’s header
- Jesse Lingard made it 2-1 on 53 minutes directly from a free kick outside the box
- Taiwo Awoniyi scored the visitors’ third goal late on to seal Forest’s progression
- Johnson then added his side’s fourth goal time to complete a rampant Forest win
Nottingham Forest eased past Blackburn Rovers to make the last eight of the Carabao Cup thanks to goals from Brennan Johnson, Jesse Lingard and Taiwo Awoniyi after a Scott Wharton header for the hosts.
Johnson won and converted the spot kick, after a foul from Blackburn defender Scott Wharton, to give the visitors the lead after just 13 minutes against a Rovers side that had made 11 changes for the Carabao Cup tie.
But Wharton quickly turned from villain to hero to level the scoring on the stroke of half-time, heading home his brother Ashley’s cross from a free-kick to level the tie against the run of play.
Lingard then put the visitors back in front with a well-taken free-kick from just outside the box in the 53rd minute, before the ex-Manchester United man turned provider to set up Awoniyi 26 minutes later.
Johnson then netted his second of the match in stoppage time to complete the scoring on a positive evening for Steve Cooper’s side ahead of the Premier League restart.
Brennan Johnson got Nottingham Forest off to a brilliant start after scoring from the spot on 13 minutes
He was brought down in the penalty area by Blackburn Rovers defender Scott Wharton
Wharton went from villain to hero when he converted his brother Adam’s free-kick on 44 minutes
Jesse Lingard made it 2-1 direct from a free-kick after 53 minutes to retake the lead
Lingard then turned provider to tee up Taiwo Awoniyi to score Forest’s third of the match
Blackburn vs Forest Match Facts
Blackburn (4-2-3-1): Pears; Travis, Mola (Edun 45′), Phillips (Hyam 72′), S. Wharton; A. Wharton (Buckley 72′), Garrett; Hedges, Szmodics, Markanday (Dolan 72′, Brereton-Diaz 88′); Hirst
Subs not used: Kaminski, Pickering, Rankin-Costello, Dack
Goals: S. Wharton (44′)
Booked: S. Wharton
Manager: Jon Dahl Tomasson
Forest (4-3-3): Henderson; Williams (Mbe-Soh 88′), Worrall, Boly, Toffolo; Yates, Mangala (O’Brien 63′), Freuler (Colback 83′); Johnson, Awoniyi (Dennis 83′), Lingard (Surridge 83′)
Subs not used: Cook, Smith, McKenna, Lodi
Goals: Johnson (13′ pen, 90+2′), Lingard (53′), Awoniyi (79′)
Booked: Worrall, Colback
Manager: Steve Cooper
Referee: Robert Jones