Unlucky Reds made to settle for a draw… again!

Port Vale – 1
Nottingham Forest – 1

It was a nightmare to get to Vale Park thanks to some rather inconveniently placed traffic congestion en route, not to mention the rather misleading directions courtesy of the AA website, but upon eventually making it to the ground, it didn’t take long for the game to be underway; and it wasn’t to be the best of starts for Forest who were caught napping somewhat by Port Vale. To compound my misery my camera seems to have died a miserable death as well!

Pretty much from kickoff the ball reached Constantine, who wasn’t closed down at all, so he unleashed an absolute pearler from what must’ve been 40 odd yards. It had Paul Smith well and truly beaten, hitting the post before falling invitingly for his strike partner to stick in the net. It could only have been about ten seconds into the game. This left the Forest support and team somewhat subdued for the next 20 minutes or so.

We began to come into the game in the second half, and started to threaten a little more – and the Forest fans started to wake up a bit and get behind the team a bit, as well as taking the chance to take the piss out of a be-ponytailed Danny Sonner. It was on 33 minutes that we got the equaliser – a corner and finally a goal for Breckin, we’ve missed his input from setpieces, although this was a scrambled affair, it looked like a rebound he was able to kick into the goal.

We finished the half strongly, and I think it was Perchy who had a chance that he put over when it looked easier to hit the target. Aside from the bizarre image of Danny Sonner attempting long range efforts, Port Vale didn’t really seem to come too close to threatening, in the second half Commons seemed to feel the urge to emulate this!

The next action of note was the Vale scorer, Husbands, appearing to go in two footed on Perch for no apparent reason – the ref was quick on the scene with the red card and bedlam ensued. Vale players and fans alike exploded at decision – Perch got up at some point and nearly started a rumble – eventually, as he was subbed off for Southall clearly injured – he was booked! Crazy!

It was very much like the Tranmere game sounded at the death of the game – Colin had been pretty positive and made attacking substitutions, with Lester and Harris introduced at the expense of Agogo and Grant Holt, but we couldn’t seem to get the final break. We appeared to come close on another corner, and Commons hit a screamer at the bar, only to then blast a direct freekick over shortly afterwards – but ultimately it was to end up a disappointing draw given the balance of play and chances.

That said – with 4 games, no wins and one goal, it just goes to show how shit this league is that we’re still on top of it – I can’t tell you how relieved we were to hear that Tranmere had ended up drawing, as at half time they were winning and it looked like we’d lose that top spot. I think maybe now we’re suffering the backlash of the good luck we started the season with, we’ve been unlucky not to win our last two games, whereas in previous victories we’ve been incredibly fortunate. If we can carry on playing like we did at our best today, and cut out the silly mistakes and slow starts, then we’re going to annihilate somebody soon!

And if nothing else, the journey back was less of a nightmare than the journey there thanks to a good old road atlas!!