Zeki Amdouni’s last-gasp goal sealed Burnley a 1-0 victory at Nottingham Forest and sent his team into the next round of the Carabao Cup.
The Switzerland forward – recruited from FC Basel in July – came off the bench into the second half and smashed home from six yards to settle a dull tie between two Premier League rivals in the Clarets’ favour.
There was a minute’s applause before the game started for police officer Sergeant Graham Saville, the uncle of Forest defender Joe Worrall, who passed away after being struck by a train last week while attempting to save a distressed man on railway tracks.
Worrall was suspended following his dismissal in Saturday’s 3-2 Premier League defeat at Manchester United, while Forest boss Steve Cooper made seven changes.
Argentina’s World Cup-winner Gonzalo Montiel, on loan from Sevilla, and Brazilian teenager Andrey Santos made their full debuts and Anthony Elanga made his first start for the club.
Burnley boss Vincent Kompany made 10 changes from Sunday’s 3-1 home league defeat to Aston Villa, with Aaron Ramsey and Jacob Bruun Larsen making their first starts.
Neither side created a chance worthy of note until the 36th minute when Forest midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate blazed over after Chris Wood had intercepted a wayward back-pass.
Burnley, who had already lost Brazilian Vitinho to injury in a tepid first half, were forced to replace Ramsey and Hjalmar Ekdal early in the second.
Sweden defender Ekdal went down during a goalmouth scramble and needed lengthy treatment before being stretchered off the pitch and replaced by Josh Cullen.
Both Forest and Burnley tried to inject some urgency into their play, but Nathan Redmond’s shot veered off to the corner flag and Willy Bolly produced an air-shot with his shooting chance.
Forest skipper Ryan Yates lifted the home crowd when he headed Elanga’s cross inches wide.
But Amdouni, a 78th-minute replacement for Jay Rodriguez, volleyed home unmarked from Josh Brownhill’s headed flick-on to seal victory for the visitors.
Fellow substitute Wilson Odobert had a golden chance to put the tie to bed moments later when he raced through on goal and although goalkeeper Matt Turner blocked his effort, Forest could not muster an equaliser.
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