Have you seen this gorilla?

I only stumbled upon this work of genius thanks to Vince commenting on my match report for today’s game at Brentford. By day, he is Vince, but on numerous occasions, he becomes Vince Kong – and you can click here to read about his trip to Millwall to watch Forest!


What an awesome idea, and I look forward to the possibility of meeting Vince Kong on my travels watching the Mighty Reds!

A great comeback, but it’s as you were at the top..

Brentford FC – 2
Nottingham Forest – 4

After about 54 minutes of sitting and seething at the radio, I was quietly grateful I hadn’t invested the time and money to visit Brentford, and was feeling sorry for those that had.  What a difference forty minutes or so can make – a splendid comeback more than made up for the dreadful start and has hopefully repaid some of those supporters who’ve made dreary trips to Millwall or innumerate other poor away performances.  Unfortunately every other bugger in the top four won too, so it’s very much as you were, with three games remaining.

Congratulations must go to Scunthorpe United, who today confirmed promotion with a 2-0 victory over Huddersfield, can you guess who scored the goals?  I bet you can – a Billy Sharp brace confirms promotion to the Championship.  Bristol City beat Yeovil 2-0, and Blackpool registered a 4-1 victory against Northampton.  Meanwhile down at the bottom of the table, Rotherham United are the latest team to be confirmed as relegated, so commiserations to them.

So, back to Griffin Park – it was a first 50 minutes very much to forget (sound familiar).  A very sluggish start with little creativity, Perch opening the chances account with a shot straight at the keeper, and McGugan hit one wide, Grant was put through by Lester but his effort blocked for a corner.  This makes it sound one-way traffic, but it was scrappy.

Brentford took the lead on around 15 minutes, with Pinault skipped past Prutton and chipped the ball over Paul Smith from the edge of the area, it clipping the crossbar and post and ended up just over the line (which had to be confirmed by the Assistant Referee) to give the home side the lead, and a great deal of confidence.  Forest only really contributed a couple of wayward shots from McGugan and Perch in the remainder of the half.

The second half started, and after two minutes it was double the challenge.  Owusu beat Curtis passing to youngster Charlie Ide who smashed the ball past Smith.  This started to wake Forest up – finally a goal from a corner – Commons took it and it was flicked on by Breckin on the near post giving Prutton a relatively easy header at the back post to give us a lifeline.

Commons was starting to play well, and despite being crowded out of a great run he managed to pick out Grant Holt who was able to produce a save from Stuart Nelson in the Brentford goal.  Smith was looking shaky at the other end though, with a bit of dodgy punching.  But we were to get level, 68 minutes on the clock and Perch won the ball, finding Lester who laid it off for Commons who scored with a fierce drive.

A decent come back – but given results elsewhere a draw wasn’t ever going to be enough, so even the most impatient didn’t have to wait too long before Lester was upended in the area by Griffiths.  Grant stepped up and blasted the ball down the middle to give us the lead, and him his 18th goal of the season.  Lester twisted and turned but was thwarted by the keeper shortly after this.

Brentford had brought on a substitute who could (and probably should) have equalised for the Bees with a header from 5 yards unmarked.  Wes Morgan came on at some point, then collapsed holding his ankle and was replaced by Bennett four minutes later!  The final goal came from Commons, again it was Lester providing the clever pass to him putting him clear, to loft the ball over the oncoming Nelson and secure the points.

So well done boys, we needed that – and to come back from 2 down (admittedly, we must ask questions why we were 2 down!) is a great turnaround in performance.  Four goals in one half away from home is impressive too – so we need to take that confidence into all of our remaining games.  Bournemouth up next at the City Ground, whilst Bristol have to go to Carlisle.  I’m still resigned to the play offs – but well, it’s still possible, isn’t it?

And what a great send off for the awful yellow away kit!