Nottingham Forest – 3
Swansea City – 1
The first half is probably best forgotten – Forest were ragged and disorganised and it wasn’t really all that surprising when Swansea took the lead 3 minutes from time when Fallon headed home from a corner. The side were booed off by sections of the ‘support’ which was regrettable, although the performance was pretty piss poor and whilst Swansea hardly looked worldbeaters either, they probably did marginally merit their lead.
After half time it was a different story altogether. The reds had a lot more urgency about their play and it wasn’t long before Kris Commons was able to pick out an absolute peach of a defence splitting pass to leave James Perch (who at the time was playing left back!) with the relatively simple task of sidefooting past ex-Sheepshagger Oakes in the Swansea goal. He finished it well, though, bless him – and a day after his birthday to boot!
It was less than two minutes later that Commons himself slipped his marker and was left with the chance to stick the ball in the net which he duly did with aplomb, much to the delight of the Forest fans and the disbelief of the chav-type characters from Wales who were seeing a somewhat different Forest side to the one they’d been taking the piss out of in the first half!
Jack came on for the largely quiet (but hardworking as ever) Grant Holt – he’d had a torrid first half given our long ball penchant and hadn’t been given much relief by the ref, and it wasn’t long after Jack’s introduction that Agogo was able to shrug off the last defender and somehow get the ball over the keeper who’d come out quick to close him down to send the Forest fans into raptures – and a special thanks to the MC for cueing up the chorus to “Wake me up before you go go” to go with the celebrations – quality!
Commons went off to a deserved ovation from the home fans after his match-changing second half performance for Bennett, who presumably was benched owing to his four bookings bearing in mind we’ve two players out for international duty for the Scunthorpe game, and basically from this moment on it was all Forest – who introduced youngster Robert Hughes in the closing stages (although he still had time to have two long range efforts marginally off target).
All in all, a cracking result – particularly since Tranmere lost and Bristol City drew – leaving us 3 points clear of Yeovil of all teams! Despite the restrictions placed on them the Swansea fans didn’t disappoint, full of their anti-English nonsense and sporting more than their fair share of fake-Burberry. I always wonder if they hate England as much as they suggest then why play in our league and speak our language! If you hate the fucking English sing in Welsh!… oh, you can’t?…