Dowell's Stunning Hat-Trick Earns Forest Victory

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Kieran Dowell had a day to remember as he scored his first senior hat-trick to help Nottingham Forest beat Hull City 3-2 at the KCOM Stadium on Saturday.

Dowell netted the opener in the 29th minute with a fantastic 25-yard strike that powered into the right-hand side of Alan McGregor’s net.

Forest continued to push forward in the second half and got their reward in the 71st minute as Dowell expertly swept home with a left-footed drive. 

Jarrod Bowen got Hull back into it, but Dowell was presented with a chance to complete his treble after David Meyler tripped Tyler Walker in the box. 

The Ormskirk-born Academy graduate confidently stroked the penalty past McGregor, meaning Michael Hector’s late goal for the Tigers was a mere consolation.

Forest’s win sees them climb to 11th in the Championship table and just two points off a play-off place.

Over in Belgium, Henry Onyekuru’s Anderlecht moved up to third with their seventh win of the season in a 3-2 victory away to his former employers, Eupen, on Saturday.

Three first-half goals, including two own-goals, put Anderlecht in control as they looked to claw back Club Brugge’s eight-point lead in the Belgian first division.

Onyekuru lasted 87 minutes before he was substituted but did have a big hand in his side’s second goal after his cross-turned-shot was diverted into the bottom corner by a Eupen defender.

Back in the Championship, Joe Williams completed 90 minutes for Barnsley as he drew 1-1 against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough. 

Wednesday had gone ahead in the first half but a stunning goal from Harvey Barnes was enough to rescue a point for the Tykes.

Matthew Pennington was in action against another Sheffield side - Sheffield United - as Leeds United lost 2-1 on Friday night at Elland Road. 

Pennington started and finished the game was but was unable to stop David Brookes’ scoring the game’s winner.

Antonee Robinson came into the action on 49 minutes as Bolton Wanderers were seconds away from their second win of the season away to Fulham. 

Sammy Ameobi had put Bolton ahead but Tom Cairney’s 94th-minute header snatched a point for the Cottagers.

In League Two, Conor Grant was unable to prevent Crewe from succumbing to their ninth defeat of the campaign at the hands of Colchester United, having played the full game at the Colchester Community Stadium.

Elsewhere, Liam Walsh did not feature in the Second City Derby as his Birmingham side played out a goalless draw at home to Aston Villa, Callum Connolly was an unused substitute in Ipswich’s win away to Burton Albion, while neither Tyias Browning or Brendan Galloway were part of Sunderland’s home loss to Bristol City.

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