Awoniyi happy to score Nottingham’s EPL goal after 23 years wait

Pius Ayinor

Taiwo Awoniyi made history with Nottingham Forest as he scored the club’s first Premier League goal in 23years. It was the English Premier League side’s first EPL goal since May 16, 1999, when they defeated Leicester City 1-0 at City Ground. The last goal was scored by Chris Bart-Williams in the 76th minute of that game before they dropped to the lower division.

Awoniyi says he is excited being the scorer.

The striker who spoke to BBC Match of the Day 2 said, “I’m really happy about the goal – it was a dream for me to score and for the team to win.

“As a striker you just have to be ready for anything around the goal. It’s all about getting ready whether you are starting or coming on from the bench.

“We must say a very big thank you to the fans because from the beginning they got behind the team and you can see how it kept the team going until the last minute.

“I’m really happy about it because it took me a long journey to get back to the Premier League and I’m very, very proud of myself.

“The win will give more confidence to the team, it will keep us going for the next game. I believe we will have a great season as a team.”

The goal by the Nigerian gave Forest their lead at home to West Ham in a Sunday afternoon game and it came just moments after West Ham had a goal disallowed.

The goal is also the first Premier League goal for Awoniyi who struck from close range after the ball bobbled into his path after a good run by Harry Toffolo.

Nottingham Forest were ranked 18th, while West Ham United stood at the 19th position in the table before the kick off.