Gibbs-White scores again as Forest defeat Crystal Palace

Nottingham Forest avoided being bottom of the Premier League at Christmas as they beat Crystal Palace in a game heavy on VAR decisions.

Morgan Gibbs-White was initially flagged offside when he prodded home from close range after Palace keeper Vicente Guaita parried from Brennan Johnson.

Replays at first seemed to suggest the decision was correct but, after a lengthy delay, the video assistant referee awarded the goal and it proved to be the winner.

Palace had only themselves to blame for defeat, however, Wilfried Zaha having earlier dragged a penalty wide after Joe Worrall was adjudged to have brought him down.

Victory lifts Forest off the foot of the table as they climb two places to 18th, while Palace remain 11th after only a second defeat in seven league games.