Newcastle 1-0 Nottingham Forest – Premier League LIVE: Alexander Isak keeps his cool to score from the penalty spot to kickstart today’s Boxing Day bonanza of live festive football

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Newcastle 1-0 Nottingham Forest

The ball is flicked on and Elanga is through. He has to square the ball to Wood for a tap-in but decides to go alone and Dubravka makes a brilliant save to his right.

Newcastle 1-0 Nottingham Forest

Forest have had their moments and they get another one as a long throw goes through the six yard box but the ball is poked just wide.

Newcastle 1-0 Nottingham Forest

Montiel has also just been booked for asking for a yellow card.

Newcastle 1-0 Nottingham Forest

Two yellow cards in quick succession as Sangare and Gordon go into the book for late tackles.

In between that Gordon had a decent chance, but it was well blocked by a Forest defender.

Newcastle 1-0 Nottingham Forest

Nervy moment at the back for Newcastle as Elanga almost gets in behind Burn.

The full back kicks it against Elanga and the ball rebounds into the arms of Dubravka.

Goal – Newcastle 1-0 Nottingham Forest (Alexander Isak)

So nonchalant from Isak as he steps up and places it to Turner’s left.

Newcastle 0-0 Nottingham Forest

Good intricate passing from Newcastle and Isak is tripped by Aina as he tries to turn.

VAR checking but this looks unlikely to be overturned…

Newcastle 0-0 Nottingham Forest

Gibbs-White takes the corner and it comes out to the edge of the box to Aina, but he can’t keep his effort down as it flies well over the bar.

Newcastle 0-0 Nottingham Forest

Very congested in the Forest box and Isak goes down looking for a penalty.

VAR checks it but nothing doing and Forest win a corner up the other end.

Newcastle 0-0 Nottingham Forest

Forest trying to play out from the back and they make a mess of it, presenting the ball to Almiron on the edge of the box.

He passes to Miley who squares it for Trippier, but his cross is over-hit and goes behind for a goal kick.

Newcastle 0-0 Nottingham Forest

Newcastle working the ball well down the right and Miley gets in after a clever pass.

Longstaff is alone in the six yard box but the cross drifts over his head. A wasted chance there for the hosts.

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Newcastle 0-0 Nottingham Forest

Lively start to this game as Trippier gets down the right and crosses into the box, but Forest clear their lines.

Newcastle 0-0 Nottingham Forest

Gibbs-White nicks the ball off Miley in the penalty area and gets a shot off, but it’s scuffed wide of the post.

Will feel he should have done a little better there.

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Newcastle 0-0 Nottingham Forest

Newcastle win an early corner but opt to take it short and fail to get the ball in the box before Forest win a free-kick just inside their own half.

Newcastle get the game underway

Both teams take a knee before kick-off, and we’re underway.

Here come the teams…

The players are out on the pitch.

Kick-off is just moments away…

Stuart Pearce calls for Newcastle to sign another striker

Newcastle can call upon Alexander Isak and Callum Wilson up front, and have gone with the former today.

But their former full back Stuart Pearce has called for them to add another No9, pointing out that both men have had their fitness issues this season.

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26: Callum Wilson of Newcastle United (9) arrives for the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Nottingham Forest at St. James Park on December 26, 2023 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Serena Taylor/Newcastle United via Getty Images)
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Rob Lee: ‘Kieran Trippier is still one of the best full backs in the world’

It has been a tough month for Trippier who has been at fault for a number of goals that have proved costly for Newcastle.

But former Newcastle midfielder Rob Lee insists he has no concerns about the England man and still views him as one of the best players in his position in the world.

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Warm-ups well underway

Both teams are out on the pitch warming up as we count down to kick-off.

The Boxing Day action will start in just over 20 minutes…

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Eddie Howe reveals January plans

Given the injuries that Newcastle currently have, transfer business in January appears essential.

But he has stated that the team are expecting a number of players to return shortly, and indicated that a decision is more likely to be made on transfers in the latter half of January.

Eddie Howe: ‘It has been a challenging month’

Howe is speaking to Amazon Prime and has admitted injuries have played a part in his side struggling for consistency this month.

Newcastle have been knocked out of two cup competitions in December, but Howe expects his players to be ‘physically OK’ as they look to finish 2023 on a high.

Chris Wood: ‘It’s going to take hard work and togetherness’

Chris Wood is returning to Newcastle today after previously playing for the Magpies.

He has experience of being involved in a relegation battle, and believes Forest will need to come together to get themselves out of trouble over the coming months.

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Anthony Gordon: ‘This is the best stadium by far’

Newcastle have a brilliant record at St James’ Park this season after winning eight of their nine league matches there this season.

Anthony Gordon has spoken to Amazon Prime ahead of kick-off and claimed it is ‘the best stadium by far’ in England.

The Magpies will be looking to give their fans something to cheer this afternoon in their final home game of 2023.

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - A general view of St James Park before the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Nottingham Forest at St. James Park on December 26, 2023 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Ritchie Sumpter/NFFC via Getty Images)

Nuno Espirito Santo: ‘We accept refereeing mistake’

Nuno has revealed he received an apology from PGMOL chief Howard Webb for Willy Boly’s red card on the weekend.

He has claimed the apology has been accepted and Forest are ready to move on, although it has been reported that Forest want referee Rob Jones banned from their matches after making their second complaint of the season against him.

Nuno Espirito Santo: ‘We are looking for energy’

Forest have made six changes to the team that lost 3-2 to Bournemouth on Saturday.

They played more than half of that game with 10 men after Willy Boly was sent off, and Nuno has just told Amazon Prime that he has rotated his squad in a bid to see more ‘energy’ from his players.

NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 23: Nuno Espirito Santo, Manager of Nottingham Forest, acknowledges the fans during the Premier League match between Nottingham Forest and AFC Bournemouth at City Ground on December 23, 2023 in Nottingham, England. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

Nottingham Forest team to play Newcastle

Matt Turner gets the nod in goal, while Chris Wood starts up front against his former club.

Newcastle’s starting XI…

Alexander Isak is back in the starting XI, while Joelinton makes the bench.

Captain Jamaal Lascelles misses out due to injury.

Nuno Espirito Santo demands improvement from Nottingham Forest goalkeepers

Keeping clean sheets has been difficult for Forest this season, and their new manager Nuno Espirito Santo wants some more help from his goalkeepers.

He has called for better performances from goalkeepers Matt Turner and Odysseas Vlachodimos. Which one will start in goal today?

Team news coming up in 10 minutes…

Who will line up for both these sides for the first game of Boxing Day?

We are just 10 minutes away from finding out.

Could Joelinton start for Newcastle today?

Joelinton has missed Newcastle’s last two matches with a hamstring problem but has arrived at St James’ Park today.

Could he go straight back into the starting XI?

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26: Joelinton of Newcastle United FC (7) arrives for the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Nottingham Forest at St. James Park on December 26, 2023 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Serena Taylor/Newcastle United via Getty Images)

Nottingham Forest set to lose players to Africa Cup of Nations

This will be one of the final times that Nottingham Forest will have a full squad of players to choose from with the Africa Cup of Nations due to get underway in just over two weeks.

Forest could lose six players to the tournament that is set to last for four weeks.

Hello and welcome!

Thank you for joining us for our live coverage of the first Premier League match on Boxing Day.

Newcastle will be hosting Nottingham Forest, with team news expected at 11.30.

LUTON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 23: Newcastle Manager, Eddie Howe during the Premier League match between Luton Town and Newcastle United at Kenilworth Road on December 23, 2023 in Luton, England. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)
NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 23: Nottingham Forest's manager Nuno Espirito Santo looks on during the Premier League match between Nottingham Forest and AFC Bournemouth at City Ground on December 23, 2023 in Nottingham, England. (Photo by Andrew Kearns - CameraSport via Getty Images)



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