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Hat-trick hero Chris Wood urges Forest to build on their impressive win over Newcastle

Hat-trick scorer Chris Wood has cautioned Nottingham Forest that their impressive Boxing Day win at Newcastle will have little significance unless they can build on it.

Despite the 3-1 victory at St James’ Park propelling them to 16th place in the Premier League standings, Forest remains just two points above the relegation zone. As they approach a challenging home fixture against Manchester United, Wood’s three goals contributed to a noteworthy performance.

They secured new manager Nuno Espirito Santo’s first win in his second match in charge. However, the experienced 32-year-old Kiwi emphasizes that this success must serve as a starting point for further progress.

He told Forest TV: “It’s most definitely a step in the right direction. I would never say ‘turned a corner’ because it is only one game and we need to remember than one game doesn’t make four or five.

“We need to work ahead and it’s not going to guarantee that we’re going to play well in the next game. We have to make sure we play well in the next game. It’s only on us as players and staff – and the fans getting behind us, that really helps.

“But I’m sure it will be bouncing, the City Ground, come the 30th.”

Wood: A win doesn’t guarantee future success for Forest

Nottingham Forest demonstrated both resilience and attacking prowess at St James’ Park, responding to Alexander Isak’s 23rd-minute penalty by equalizing through Chris Wood, who tapped in a precise cross from the impressive Anthony Elanga.

The striker, who had departed Newcastle for the City Ground in the summer, showcased his goal-scoring ability with two skillful finishes, capitalizing on incisive passes from Elanga and defender Murillo. This sequence of plays secured a comprehensive victory for Forest.

He said: “Look, we know Newcastle are a a top, top side – I know it first had – and we knew coming here was going to be very tough. They’re a good side, good players.

“They weren’t in the Champions league for no reason and they’re not near the top of the league for no reason because they are a good side.

“We just had to keep working on what we could do. We took risks, we took chances – sometimes they paid off, and sometimes they didn’t and we got caught. But that’s the type of football we wanted to play, that’s what we were given the license to try to do, and thankfully it worked.”

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.


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