Hull City closed the 2021/22 season in dramatic fashion as they drew 1-1 against promotion hopefuls Nottingham Forest.
After Brennan Johnson scored a 92nd minute penalty for the visitors, Lewie Coyle scored in the 94th minute to rescue a point for the Tigers.
Shota Arveladze has made three changes to his starting XI to the one that faced Bristol City last time out. Callum Elder, Ryan Longman and Regan Slater all came into the starting XI for the Tigers, with the latter making his 50th appearance for the club.
Chances were at a premium in the opening 20 minutes of the game as Allahyar Sayyadmanesh won possession high up the pitch before racing through on goal, but he was denied by Forest defender Tobias Figueiredo. At the other end, Philip Zinckernagel saw his effort blocked by Alfie Jones, while Richie Smallwood closed down Jonathan Panzo’s shot.
Sayyadmanesh almost opened the scoring on 26 minutes as he almost captalised on a mix up between Figueiredo and goalkeeper Brice Samba, but the loose ball just evaded the Iranian international. Joe Lolley fired wide from range, before Jacob Greaves produced a stunning last ditch challenge to stop Zinckernagel racing through on goal.
The Tigers’ defence stayed resolute to block Alex Mighten’s strike from close range as the first half finished goalless.
In the second half, Xande Silva wasted a glorious chance to put the visitors in front. The Forest striker got ahead of his marker to reach Zinckernagel’s front-post cross, but Silva could only fire wide. Elder then looked to pick out the run of Sayyadmanesh, who narrowly missed the fullback’s whipped delivery.
Nathan Baxter then produced a fantastic double save to keep the game goalless. Substitute Johnson fired a low cross-shot towards goal which Baxter parried, before the Tigers’ shot-stopper was quickest to react to block Sam Surridge’s rebound.
The Tigers quickly broke following the double save as Sayyadmanesh crossed for Lewis-Potter, who headed over the bar, before Tom Eaves headed wide moments later from Lewis-Potter’s delivery.
Both teams pushed for a winner in the latter stages of the game as Elder saw his effort blocked, before Lewis-Potter fired his one-on-one chance over the bar following a great pass by Tom Huddlestone. In the other goal, Baxter denied Johnson from point-blank range, before the visitors were awarded a penalty.
Huddlestone was adjudged to have brought down Surridge as the referee pointed to the spot. Johnson stepped up and sent Baxter the wrong way to convert. However, the Tigers would come roaring back as Coyle’s cross found it’s way past Samba to find the far corner.
Hull City (3-4-2-1): Nathan Baxter; Alfie Jones, Sean McLoughlin, Jacob Greaves; Ryan Longman (Lewie Coyle 46’), Richie Smallwood (C) (Tom Huddlestone 77’), Regan Slater, Callum Elder; George Honeyman, Keane Lewis-Potter; Allahyar Sayyadmanesh (Tom Eaves 77’).
Subs Not Used: Harvey Cartwright, Greg Docherty, Brandon Fleming, Marcus Forss.
Nottingham Forest (3-4-1-2): Brice Samba; Joe Worrall (C), Tobias Figueiredo, Jonathan Panzo (Brennan Johnson 65’); Richie Laryea (Djed Spence 77’), James Garner, Cafú, Joe Lolley; Philip Zinckernagel; Alex Mighten, Xande Silva (Sam Surridge 65’).
Subs Not Used: Ethan Hovarth, Loïc Mbe Soh, Braian Ojeda, Scott McKenna.