Villa draw 5-5 with Forest in remarkable Championship clash

Villa Park witnessed ten goals but it was a point apiece

Villa Park witnessed ten goals but it was a point apiece

Aston Villa's Tammy Abraham (left).

Forget the glitz and glamour of the Champions League, over in the Championship Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest have played out one of the greatest opening 45 minutes of football in recent memory.

Lewis Grabban and Joao Carvalho put Forest two goals ahead before Abraham dragged the hosts back into the match, levelling the scores at 2-2 and then 3-3 after Matthew Cash put Forest back in front.

The 30-year-old Grabban scored eight times in 15 appearances for Villa during a loan spell last season but his second of the night in a riveting contest denied his old club the unlikeliest of wins.

Tammy Abraham scored four goals for Villa, who trailed 2-0 and 3-2 in a remarkable first half that ended 3-3.

Joe Lolley's long-range effort restored Forest's lead shortly after the break but they were soon down to 10 men when Tobias Figueiredo was shown a red card.

Bristol City came from a goal down twice before prevailing 3-2 at Ipswich.

Yet by the 14th minute it was 2-2, Abraham heading home a cross from Yannick Bolasie - on his first start for Villa - before bundling the ball over the line after John McGinn's shot had been blocked.

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