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Tyson’s back and we’re seven points clear!

Nottingham Forest – 2
Brentford – 0

I overheard a bloke on Trent Bridge telling his mate that Nathan Tyson was on the bench earlier today, but figured it must be an elaborate wind up! On arriving at the ground my neighbour informed me it was indeed true, not only that, the rest of the bench had two more strikers on it – whoever said Smoulders was a defensive manager?! The news was met with a combination of disbelief, pleasure and being worried about whether it’s too soon for the striker to make his return.

Smoulders didn’t surprise us with the starting XI though, sticking with his latest 3-4-2-1 type concoction, with Smith in goal, a back three from left to right of Brecks, Cullip and Morgan, and a midfield four of Curtis, Perch, Clingan and Southall, with Harris and Commons playing just behind Junior Agogo leading the line. Quite early in the first half it was apparent that Brentford are, for want of a more eloquent phrase, complete crap – Forest were able to play some nice passing football, and eventually Commons was to be brought down on the edge of the area.

As he lined up to take the resulting freekick we mocked him from the stands, so he duly made us look silly and put it into the bottom corner of the goal! More passing football followed, this formation seems to give us much more space on the width before – which was good when down the right to Southall, but whilst Curtis works hard he needs to cut inside too frequently down the left. In the 37th minute another foul, another freekick – Commons looked to have talked Southall out of taking it, and lucky he did, as he did exactly the same as before with this one to make it 2-0!

Half time arrive leaving us in good spirits, and perhaps predictably in the second half Forest took their foot off the gas somewhat, and whilst Brentford had more time and space to come at us, they didn’t bother – I can see why they’re on such an appalling run, they’re disorganised, unconfident and lack leadership. Forest had a few nice passing moves, but nothing very incisive, just as the game was getting stale Smoulders sent on Nathan Tyson for Junior Agogo – the ground erupted in applause to see the number 9 back so soon – it was a great moment!

Tyson looked eager, fast and fresh – what a message to give out to the rest of the league, we’re 7 points clear and now we’ve started to build our best strikers’ fitness levels around a month earlier than we expected to! Later Jack and Grant were brought on for Harris and Commons, which was a bold move by Smoulders, who clearly was looking to make the win resounding – Tyson moved to the left of a three pronged attack, and soon burst past the fullback as we had come to expect from him – it was magic to see, even if on this occasion there was no end product!

Grant still looks like a player distracted, a couple of chances he had he dallied too long before pulling the trigger, the second time it looked to me a good shout for a penalty (that said, I reckon Brecks handballed in the first half in our area, so it’s swings and roundabouts). The was a scary moment that may have made Smoulderwood’s bold substitutions look rash, as Paul Smith took a nasty tumble and landed awkwardly, but thankfully he seemed okay, and the full time whistle followed to cheers from the home fans.

With Yeovil beating Brizzle it – as I might have mentioned, but I’ll never tire of it – leaves us SEVEN POINTS CLEAR AT THE TOP OF THE LEAGUE!!!! Fear us, League One, for we are mighty! Oh yes! Four league games, four victories, no goals conceded – throw in a couple of cup wins, and who’s thinking about the Scunny game? 🙂

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Batton down the hatches, it’s Brizzle at home!

No sooner has Amici been reglazed, comes the tumultous news that Forest will once again play host to the charming denizens of Bristol City again this season. This time in the rapidly-becoming-more-interesting Johnstone’s Paint Trophy. The game will feature at the City Ground on the week commencing 27th November, and pits the two competition favourites against one another in the quarter final stage of the southern section.

Given the likelihood of a midweek fixture, and the general lack of interest in the competition as a whole, there’s unlikely to be a repeat of the scenes of chaos after our league encounter with Bristol, although a tie like this could well see more than just the Main Stand open for the fixture, possibly even the Trent End too (woo!). The number of carrot crunchers who make it is likely to be more than Brentford brought in the last round, but still not huge numbers.

Getting past Bristol would really open up the competition – the other sides included are listed below, and us and City do stand out as the better teams, in my opinion – in a way it’s a shame we were not able to meet at the final – but then, a trip to Cardiff with tens of thousands of teach set of fans could well have been a recipe for disaster! So whilst I may have mentioned before, the league comes first, it would be nice to rub a bit of salt in Brizzle wounds and beat ’em in this as well 🙂

Here’s the full draw:

Southern Region

Bristol Rovers v Peterborough
Cheltenham Town v Shrewsbury Town
Millwall v Brighton and Hove Albion
Nottingham Forest v Bristol City

Northern Region

Chesterfield v Chester City
Port Vale v Crewe Alexandra
Doncaster Rovers v Accrington Stanley
Darlington v Mansfield Town

I suppose at least we didn’t get Brighton away!! Who’s up for Forest vs Stags at the Millennium Stadium in April? 😆