Nottingham Forest hat-trick hero Kieran Dowell scored two ‘absolute belters’


A stunning hat-trick from Kieran Dowell saw Nottingham Forest move to within a point of the top six with a deserved 3-2 win at Hull City.

Despite a late flurry from the home side, the Reds were full value for their win and on-loan Everton star Dowell scored three times, with two stunning strikes and a late penalty.

It was a third away win in the Championship for Mark Warburton’s side, who made it two straight wins in a row after the success over Burton Albion a week ago.

Here’s how Barry Cooper rated the Forest players at the KCOM Stadium.

Jordan Smith: Was very assured for the most part and made an outstanding save at 1-0 in the first half to deny David Meyler which was key. Could do nothing about Jarrod Bowen’s strike or the second goal. Rating: 7/10

Eric Lichaj: Gave it his absolute best at left-back against the tricky Jarrod Bowen and should keep his place at Reading on Tuesday evening. Rating: 7/10

Michael Mancienne: Like his partner Worrall, won big headers and important tackles. Looks so much more at ease in a back-four. Rating: 8/10

Joe Worrall: A superb performance from Worrall, winning headers, tackles and a big one in the first half kept Hull out. Rating: 8/10

Tendayi Darikwa: Took a while to settle but grew into the game and became a wonderful outlet down the right as the game wore on. Rating: 7/10

David Vaughan: Tidy, efficient and workmanlike as you always get with the Welshman. Used the ball well. Came off in the second half. Forest look so much better with him in the side. Rating: 7/10

Liam Bridcutt: Quite possibly his best showing in a Forest shirt. Was everywhere and broke up play throughout. Looks to be developing a nice partnership with Vaughan. Rating: 8/10

Ben Osborn: A tireless showing from Osborn and it was his cross that found Barrie McKay for Dowell’s second goal. Dovetailed nicely with Dowell throughout. Rating: 7/10

Kieran Dowell: Scored three times and was clinical in front of goal, scoring two absolute belters. In general play, he actually wasn’t at his best which will sound ridiculous. Rating: 9/10

Barrie McKay: Performed admirably and played a key role in both of Kieran Dowell’s wonder strikes, before coming off for Jamie Ward with just over 10 minutes left. Rating: 7/10

Jason Cummings: Was often isolated throughout the evening, despite working tirelessly and kept the score at 0-1 with a superb header off the line. Rating: 6/10

Subs

Tyler Walker (for Cummings, 70): Won the penalty with a sharp piece of play and ran the line well to give Forest an outlet in the closing stages. Rating: 6/10

Andreas Bouchalakis (for Vaughan, 70): Looked to be fouled in the build-up to the second goal. Used the ball smartly when things got a little nervous in injury time. Rating: 6/10

Jamie Ward (for McKay, 79): Worked supremely hard when he came on, almost set up a fourth for Dowell and won an important free-kick late on. Rating: 6/10

Unused subs: Henderson, Mills, Clough, Brereton.



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