Nottingham Forest told 'special things can happen' amid relegation warning

Callum Hudson-Odoi celebrates after scoring Nottingham Forest's third goal at Sheffield United.
That winning feeling... Callum Hudson-Odoi celebrates after scoring Forest's third goal at Sheffield United. -Credit:George Wood

Vincent Kompany has warned Nottingham Forest not to assume they are safe from relegation after a potentially pivotal day in the battle to avoid relegation from the Premier League.

The Clarets were unbeaten in eight going into Saturday’s game with Newcastle United and on course for a potential final-day winner-takes-all showdown with the Reds at Turf Moor.

But all that changed on Saturday when Forest ran out 3-1 winners over Sheffield United at Bramall Lane and Burnley were trounced 4-1 at home by Newcastle United.

Coupled with Luton’s 1-1 draw with Everton on Friday, many pundits have since forecast survival for the Reds and doom for Burnley, but the Clarets boss is having none of it, despite his side being five points adrift of safety with only two games to play.

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He told Sky Sports: “If it wasn't for the fact Forest have to come here on the final day, I'd say it would be difficult.

“But because they do, although we can't control what they do next weekend, that's one game. If we win that and they lose theirs, then special things can happen. That's enough for me.”

Forest host Chelsea next Saturday (5.30pm kick-off) while Burnley go to Tottenham (3pm) and could already be down before the game starts at the City Ground if they lose in London.

Their fate could also be sealed before then should Forest’s appeal against a four-point penalty for breaching top-flight spending rules be successful, with a decision thought to be imminent.

Discussing Burnley’s defeat, Kompany added: “I’m not beaten by it or defeated by it personally in terms of attitude. But I want to highlight that we never let this game die. The result was done, the score was done, but we kept going, we kept being threatening if we could. That’s all I could ask my players to do.”

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