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Forest beat Burnley to seal EPL safety


Forest beat Burnley to seal EPL safety

Chris Wood's double against his former club sealed Premier League safety for Nottingham Forest as they comfortably beat relegated Burnley. Forest's goal difference meant they were as good as safe going into the final day but Wood shattered any slight concerns when he turned home an Anthony Elanga cross after just 76 seconds.

Wood's second, coming as a Ryan Yates shot ricocheted off him and past Arijanet Muric, was initially disallowed, but the video assistant referee overturned the on-field decision.

Manager Nuno Espirito Santo, who took over as Forest boss in December, said keeping the club up had been the "most difficult" task of his career so far.

Burnley controlled the ball but were mostly unproductive in the final third, struggling as Forest sat back in a low block to keep the hosts at bay.

Forest made the most of their fleeting moments of possession, causing continual trouble through Elanga and Callum Hudson-Odoi's tricky footwork on either wing.

Josh Cullen was fortunate that his second-half strike deflected off Forest defender Murillo and pulled a goal back for the Clarets, but they were unable to turn that into a sustained fightback.

Burnley – whose fate was sealed with defeat by Tottenham Hotspur on the season's penultimate weekend – return to the Championship having won just two games at home all season.

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