Nottingham Forest, Wolves nearly come to blows as teams separated after dramatic shootout
Debra M Philips
A cup competition’s knockout stages may bring out the best and the worst in teams.
In the EFL Cup quarterfinal match that ended in a 1-1 draw between Nottingham Forest and Wolverhampton on Wednesday, which Forest ultimately won on penalties, there was undoubtedly some pyrotechnics. Both clubs, who are having trouble in the Premier League, made deep runs and engaged in tense combat.
But after Forest won the game on penalties, tensions reached a breaking point. Former Wolves midfielder Morgan Gibbs-White and goalie Dean Henderson slipped in front of the visiting Wolves fans as they raised their hands in victory. This caused both teams to rush the field, which almost resulted in a brawl. Gibbs-White was a product of the Wolves academy and departed the club in the summer after being acquired for a record fee of £25 million by the Tricky Trees, which may increase to £42.5 million with add-ons. Usually, players don’t celebrate against their current clubs because of respect for their former teams, but that wasn’t the case on Wednesday.
Although it’s unclear if Gibbs-White and Henderson were provoked or simply caught up in the moment, he is now participating in Premier League moments worth celebrating and should take advantage of them while he can. However, celebrating in this way might cause issues if things go wrong.
As soon as the party got going, tensions increased since players needed to be separated. Here is when Forest triumphed:
When tempers erupted, players from both teams struggled to control their teammates, and if aggressive conduct was seen, this may result in suspensions from the English Football Association. For a Forest squad looking for hardware, it might backfire. It was a historic, emotional moment in what has been a difficult season for Nottingham Forest, but neither team can afford to lose players since it might mean the difference between safety and relegation.