We’re unbeaten away again!*

Moussi prevents an eighth league away defeat on the bounce!..

Bristol City – 1
Nottingham Forest – 1

Well would you look at that? I abstain from an away game for a change, and the Reds don’t lose.  There’s providence for you!  Unfortunately I am planning on heading to Blackpool and Scunthorpe though, so presumably defeats will be back on the cards for these games?  By all accounts this wasn’t a thriller, and a pretty even game.  From our point of view there’s also that great sense of relief at not losing a game away from the City Ground!

Predictably Billy opted to mix things up a little bit, purportedly due to injuries but I would think to (a) keep the squad fresh and (b) not risk any injury to key players with the playoffs in mind, which saw us line up win a slightly unfamiliar shape:

Camp
Chambers    Morgan    Wilson    Gunter
Cohen    Perch    Moussi    Boyd
McGoldrick    Adebola

After some fairly inclement weather (understatement!), the pitch was rather damp – although that had little to do with City’s opener which came just two minutes into the game.  A somewhat speculative long ranger by Bradley Orr might well have been stopped by Lee Camp, but a wicked deflection off Liam Fontaine made it unreachable for the Reds ‘keeper, giving the home side the lead pretty much from the off!

Forest responded positively, a freekick from Cohen finding Boyd’s head – unfortunately despite having the beating of Gerken in the Bristol goal, he was also off target.  The home side were quick on the break, a cracking run from Campbell-Ryce saw him find Skuse just outside the box.  Fortunately for us he missed the target though with a decent effort just over.

As we’ve seen in recent weeks, we are capable of knocking the ball around well at times – but that final ball or shot tends to elude us – which is what happened after good work between Adebola and Cohen was snuffed out thanks to a last ditch challenge from Louis Carey.  We weren’t to denied for long though, and it sounds like the equaliser was an absolute cracker – the kind of goal I imagined Guy Moussi scoring.

A 25 yard strike, giving the ‘keeper no chance, found the top corner – the Moose is on fire, indeed!  Just as he struck the ball the sun came out too, is there no limit to his powers?  If only he could learn how to control them all, huh?  City could’ve taken the lead shortly after, with an acrobatic scissor kick from Fontaine which was equally acrobatically saved by Camp in the Reds goal.

The second half commenced with another early chance for the home side, a Campbell-Ryce cross found Elliott but it wasn’t a difficult stop for Camp, after a quick break Gerken had a similarly easy save to make from Gunter.  After this Joe Garner got a rare chance of some pitch time, coming on for Dele Adebola – but it was Bristol to have the next chance, Haynes getting the better of Wilson but somehow missed the target from a tight angle with only Camp to beat.

Elliott was close too, from distance – trying to find the top corner but hitting it just wide.  Which saw Billy change things again by bringing on Tyson for Boyd, with almost immediate impact – McGoldrick fed the ball through to him clear of the defence, but the substitute wasn’t quite able to steer the ball around Gerken who was quickly off his line to close down the danger.

The Reds continued to try to press forward, and Billy made his last substitution by withdrawing Perch for McCleary.  It was the first sub who had the chance to win it for us though, a Chambers cross was powerfully met by Joe Garner with a downward header from around five yards out – Gerken did really well to make the save, although you have to think a striker should be scoring from there!

With just five minutes on the clock the hosts were forced to ten men after Gerken was injured after a collision with Tys, Tys was booked for it to the disgruntlement of the home fans who wanted Red.  John McGovern thought it was a 50:50 ball – might need to wait ’til the Football League Show to clear that up!  Either way, the home side put Mairerhofer – a 6’8″ striker on loan from Wolves – in goal for the remainder of the game.

By the time the game was back underway 90 minutes was up, and six minutes of stoppage time was added – the Reds characteristically couldn’t take advantage of the situation in which they found themselves, never really making use of their extra man nor testing the makeshift goalkeeper, and thus having to settle for a point – which we should be grateful for – it’s more than we got from our last seven away games!!

Personally I think that’s West Brom and Newcastle United as good as up – so early congratulations to them.  Of course there’s always a part of a football fan that considers the ‘what ifs’ over the season, and if a few of those had been different we could’ve still been challenging.  However, a probable playoff finish is still a huge achievement, so I’m not at all downhearted!

May you all have a Happy Easter and we shall resume action on Monday infront of the BBC cameras at the City Ground for the visit of Cardiff City, who hopefully get a bit of a kicking from their dearest rivals in today’s evening game!

* – Okay, for one game, but it’s a start!
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19 Responses

  1. Now go and beat the filthy cardiff on monday. They have no defence and a free scoring side like forest will have a field day and knock them back off their perch. COME ON YOU REDS! (AND THE SWANS OF COURSE).

    PS proud of Swansea today – we just need a goalscoring machine up front!

  2. wow a whole game away undefeated i am impressed ha ha

    • Congrats to your team ….. pretty much assured now and probably of the title too . Wonder if we’ll be hearing your comments next year also . I suppose it depends on whether we go up with you or not .

  3. How were you able to give such a complete and thorough description of the match when you weren’t there .I’m wondering if you were able to watch it somehow or was it just the radio enhanced with your fine ramblings ?

    • Combination of ramblings, radio, official site match report and a quick chat with a mate after the game who was in attendance… not an ideal substitute for going myself, but it’ll have to do!

  4. Thinking of puting a £100 on forest to win playoffs do you fellas think ya can win it?

  5. Fetch a pail of water… there’s a Mousse on fire!

    COME ON YOU FOREST MEN!

  6. Not really i bet most of the time on football do quite well.

  7. sometimes the horses as well if i get the tip from my mate in the stables had £200 on imperial commander in the big races other week had 8/1for it.Tiped it in the nufcblogroom but them wallys all backed the favorite ha ha.

  8. did any of yous see the leicester match yesterday?

  9. NUFCELITE, have a look around YouTube for our playoff semi second leg against Yeovil three years back before you consider whether you’re getting decent odds…

  10. Lets beat cardiff on monday and cement the play offs it will give us all somenting to shout about.
    NUFCLITE I am a die hard forest fan have been for 30 yrs and if I were you I would reconsider putting 100 on forest to go through the play offs.
    History has proved recently this young side doesnt cut it under big pressure they are improving but lack quality and experience.
    And if im honest they arent ready for the premier leage even tho I wish they go up.

    U reds

  11. get that 100 quid on, we are going up and we will spend to stay up. Due to location and work i think my next match will be at wembley !!!
    Come on you reds……

  12. See you there redash…

  13. nffc – when we get to the play-offs, do you promise not to go to the away leg so that we stand a chance of an away result?

    You will be OK at Wembley as that is a ‘neutral’ venue. It will be great to see the Reds back there – I go to all the England games, but nothing beats seeing your own team at the home of english football.

    NUFCLITE – yes, have that bet. I had a similar each-way bet at the beginning of the season when Victor Chandler offered to buy our season tickets for next year if we won the league (and opened an account with them) – looking forward to a ‘tidy’ pay out!

    U Reds!

  14. We don’t stand a hope in hell of beating Cardiff on Monday night…not without me…we couldn’t beat a chav with a truncheon at the moment!

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