Yeovil Town – 0
Nottingham Forest – 2
The title was meant to sound a bit like the Phil Collins horror-fest ‘Another day for you and me in paradise’… because really yesterday’s game was a bizarre festival of horror – yet obviously we all find ourselves strangely pleased about it anyway. Isn’t football a very strange thing indeed?
If we do manage to do the business over both legs, then I imagine Yeovil fans will be wanting us to get ourselves promoted so we don’t have to visit them any time soon, since when we have this season it’s been very much a case of smash-and-grab and thanks very much for the win – and friday evening’s playoff first leg was no different at all.
I’ve just about recovered from the mother of all hangovers now, and I’m still amazed that we had two shots on goal all game – both from the penalty spot – and won 2-0. Crazy. And yet I can’t dispute either penalty decision, and Smith only really had one decent save to make – everything else was hit straight at him – it’s very reminiscent of our trip in the league there.
The fug of alcohol clouds my memory of the game, but I do recall a dogged and workmanlike performance from the Reds, with very little end product (oh, how familiar!), whereas the home side were seemingly teeming forward at will, often with equal numbers attacking our defenders. Fortunately, as I noted above, Smithy was equal to everything they threw at him, aside from an unlucky header off the post.
Perchy won the first penalty, which was taken by Commons very confidently, the second was won by Lester right at the end, and was buried by Perchy. Bless him. We got to see just how close to the bottom of the barrell we are when the likes of Spencer Weir-Daley and Julian Bennett return to the fore in the form of substitutes.
All in all, how can you be anything other than delighted at the win? In a situation like the playoffs, performances really don’t matter a jot if you get the result – and that’s certainly what Forest did. Defensively we looked mostly solid, but there was such a lack of midfield or attacking creativity that they certainly had to be on their toes.
Once again I feel slightly sorry for Yeovil – not in a patronising way – but if there were any justice then they were good for at least a draw or a win in my opinion. Let’s make sure we retain our composure for the home leg next week, and book that trip to the ‘triumphant arch’ (it’s just not the same as the Twin Towers is it?) to face Oldham or Blackpool*
* I do admit to a spot of Wembley-mentioning there, which I did say I wouldn’t do.
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