“One to remember” – Super Eagles star Aina reflects on first Nottingham Forest goal in Aston Villa win

The Nigeria international defender side-footed a fantastic finish to give the Tricky Trees the lead at the City Ground

Super Eagles full-back Ola Aina has voiced his delight at grabbing his first goal for Nottingham Forest in their 2-0 win over Aston Villa on Sunday, reports.

Aina gave the hosts the lead inside five minutes following a really well-worked move.

Anthony Elanga went away down the left and pulled the ball back for Harry Toffolo, whose first-time ball found Ola Aina. The former Torino defender then drove in a perfect strike for his first goal for Forest.

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Orel Mangala doubled the Reds’ advantage early in the second half, and they showed enough resilience to hold on for their third win of the season.

It is Forest’s first win in their last seven league games and the perfect response to their 3-0 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield last week.

Speaking to Sky Sports (via BBC) after the encounter, Aina was pleased with the win, and he confessed he would cherish his goal for a long time.

“Massive win. We were disappointed last week, but today we are happy; we fought for each other and got the win,” Aina said.

“My goal was one to remember. I am happy to get off the mark and help the team.

“We can all be proud; we stuck to the game plan, we dug in and fought for each other.”

While it is Aina’s first goal for Forest, it is his third goal in the Premier League.

The Nigerian right-back struck twice for Fulham during the 2020/21 season while on loan from Torino.