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Wood scores two to help Forest stay up


All Whites striker Chris Wood has scored two goals to keep Nottingham Forest up in the Premier League.


Entering the final day of the season on Sunday (Monday NZ Time) with a chance of dropping to the second-tier Championship, Wood ended his goal drought to help the Midlands club secure 17th and stay in the top tier.


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The 32-year-old found the back of the net twice in the first 15 minutes of Forest's 2-1 victory over his former club Burnley at the Turf Moor in Burnley.


Wood scored his first in the second minute, latching on to Anthony Elanga's cross at the back post, banging home with his left foot to end a five-match goal-less streak.


There was plenty of fortune involved in the second in the 14th minute. When he deflected Yates' shot from the top of the box into the bottom left corner, he was initially flagged for offside and the goal rubbed out.


However, after a VAR check, which Nottingham Forest and their fans have been highly critical of this season, the goal was allowed to stand.


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Chris Wood scored twice in the opening 15 minutes for Nottingham Forest. PHOTO: NOTTINGHAM FOREST

Forest, who were deducted four points for breaches of the Premier League's profit and sustainability rules, finished with 32 points, six ahead of Luton Town, who fell 4-2 to Fulham at home.


Before Sunday, Wood had not scored since a 3-1 loss to Tottenham on April 7. It was his third multi-goal game of the season, and first since a hat-trick against Newcastle United on Boxing Day.


The Hamilton boy finished the season with 14 goals in 31 Premier League appearances, his equal-most after scoring 14 for Burnley in 2019-20, while he scored 15 goals overall, his most since scoring 30 for Leeds United, then in the Championship, in 2016-17.


Burnley sent the New Zealand captain to Newcastle in January, 2022, He played 35 matches across two seasons Tyneside before being loaned to Forest 12 months later. The move became permanent last off-season.

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