NIGERIA internationals Taiwo Awoniyi and Ola Aina were heavily involved tonight as their club Nottingham Forest played a 1-1 Premier League draw at home to Burnley.
Awoniyi kept up his brilliant start to this season by assisting Forest’s goal while the versatile Aina was impressive in the left side of the back four.
Super Eagles striker Awoniyi has now had at least one goal involvement in every single Premier League appearance this season, scoring in the first three and assisting in the last two.
He set up debutant Callum Hudson-Odoi for a glorious equaliser in the 61st minute, 20 minutes after Zeki Amdouni’s opener for the visitors.
The Clarets, coached by former Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany, looked to be controlling the game but deadline day signing Hudson-Odoi curled a stunning strike into the top corner from Awoniyi’s pass.
Awoniyi was taken off for Chris Woods with two minutes left on the clock while Aina played the full match.
Burnley had taken the lead four minutes before the break through Amdouni’s well-taken shot into the bottom corner after fine work by the lively teenager Luca Koleosho, who also has Nigerian heritage.
Burnley thought they had grabbed the winner 12 minutes from time when South Africa striker Lyle Foster converted from close range, but it was ruled out for a handball by Sander Berge in the build-up.
Burnley’s night then ended on a bad note when top scorer Foster was sent off for violent conduct in injury time, after an off-the-ball elbow on Ryan Yates.
After defeats in all their first three matches since returning to the top flight, Burnley have earned their first point of the season, while Forest have seven points from five games.