Game of two halves..

Nottingham Forest – 0
Carlisle United – 0

This was the game of two halves that proverbs speak of.  In the first half Forest looked okay, creating chances and in all honesty could probably feel hard done by to not be ahead, we had a couple of chances cleared off the line (according to the Radio on the way home), we missed a penalty (ANOTHER one!), well, it was saved, but we made it easy for the keeper.  It wasn’t clear what it was awarded for, but it looked to me like Agogo handled be ball before ending up in a tussle on the bye line, Grant stepped up to take the penalty but couldn’t beat the keeper.

Grant Holt also had a goal disallowed for offside – from my vantage point in the ground I couldn’t really see whether it was offside or not, but it was a tremendous finish from the frontman.

Carlisle took the game to us in the second half – and certainly there was evidence to see why they’re sitting so high in the league at the moment.  Their number 7 particularly impressed me with incisive runs down the channels and he was unlucky not to get on the end of a cross late on to score.  Forest weren’t completely toothless in the second half, however.

Neil Harris almost did everything right as he beat the offside trap and smashed the ball into the net, but unfortunately he handled it on the way through so it was rightly disallowed.  The next incidents of note were that Lester did appear to be fouled in the box, but his theatrical reaction won us nothing and got him a booking.  Agogo was later felled in the area too, but unfortunately the referee failed to give the spot kick.

All in all, a disappointing game.  Carlisle were probably good value for a draw despite creating fewer clear cut chances – and a special mention should go to their fans, the best away fans we’ve had at the City Ground for some time.  Before the match it was reported 2000 of them were attending, it looked like more to me, and they made a right racket for most of the game.