EPL: Aina, Awoniyi Missing As Nottingham Forest Hold Crystal Palace

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Super Eagles duo of Ola Aina and Taiwo Awoniy were missing in action as Nottingham Forest held Crystal Palace to a goalless draw in Saturday’s Premier League game.

Both players are nursing different injuries.

In a game of few chances, Forest’s Morgan Gibbs-White went closest of all players when his cushioned volley came back off the post in the first half.

Forest centre-back Murillo was denied by Sam Johnstone after a brilliant run, while Jean-Philippe Mateta dragged Palace’s best chance wide.


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The draw leaves Palace ninth and Forest 13th, eight and five points clear of the relegation zone respectively at this early stage.

Forest attempted 16 shots in the match; only once have they recorded more in a Premier League fixture in which they failed to score since returning to the top flight in 2022.

Palace have recorded more clean sheets in the Premier League this season than any other side, with the Eagles’ four shutouts their most from their opening eight matches of a league season since 1993-94 in the second tier and most at this stage in a top-flight campaign since 1979-80.
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