Colin Fray, that was rubbish, wasn’t it?

Chester City – 0
Nottingham Forest – 0 (AET)
Forest win 4-2 on penalties

Robin Chipperfield called it at half time really, with the words in the title.  Another disappointing performance from the Reds.  The first half was, by all accounts, best forgotten.  The second not much better – Agogo and Thornhill were introduced as substitutes and this livened things up a bit – onside Thornhill’s goalbound shot was flicked in by an offside Agogo, and Grant Holt missed a penalty – blasting straight at the keeper – that he won.  Gosh, will we never score?

And so into extra time we go – which is at least an improvement on our last visit to Chester a couple of seasons back.  Agogo rounds the keeper after great work from Commons, only for his shot to be cleared off the line.  The remainder of extra time passed by without much meaningful incident, Sinclair came on for the disappointing Grant Holt who appeared to be booed off – unclear whether t’was Forest or Chester fans, though.  Second period of extra time Clingan has a chance that ricochets all over the place and goes for a corner.

On the plus side, it’s clear Agogo has made an impact on the game, and is hopefully building up his fitness as he’s going to be essential in our forthcoming league games, and Thornhill too sounded like he had a positive performance too, but of course, it was destined to go to penalties.  Amazingly we didn’t miss one, Clingan, Agogo, Commons and Sinclair all burying confident penalties, a saved by Paul Smith from Roberts (well, okay, it was straight at him), and a miss from Yeo gives Forest a win they probably did deserve on balance of play.

Since I’ve not had much of interest to write about the match, I shall remember my last trip to the place, to watch us slump 3-0 to us in a game were David Johnson allegedly told one of their defenders they were playing badly deliberately to get Megson sacked.  That cheered me up after a long journey to the border of North Wales!

Anyway, the most interesting things of that game were twofold.  During the game over to the left of the away end we spotted what can only be described as a stampede of cattle sweeping majestically down the nearby countryside.  This provided a welcome break from the awful display on the pitch for all of a couple of minutes.  It also provided a talking point that distracted us from the eleven men wandering aimlessly around the pitch in Forest shirts.

The other interesting moment came after the game, a group of around 6 of us were wandering back into the centre of Chester where we’d left our cars, en route in a dodgy looking area we were approached by two local scallies, who called ‘oi, nuggets’ over the road at us, before unbelievably offering us out for a bit of a scrap.  Being pacifists we ignored them, and eventually after much shouting of ‘nuggets!’ at us, they relented and went back to sitting outside a pub, presumably awaiting a can of Apollo pop and a bag of crisps from their old man.

This memory, and the godawful game I’ve just listened to, makes me feel vindicated in not attending this evening.  It also makes me feel incredibly sorry for those few hundred Trickies who made the thankless journey up North to see a win, okay, but a rather poor one.  Perhaps one of you might feel more inclined to comment more meaningfully on the game than I’ve been able to muster in my nostalgic frame of mind.  On a positive note though, we actually won a penalty shoot out!  And well done to Emile Sinclair for netting the decisive spotkick on his competitive debut.

And to those chavs who accosted us – welcome to the revenge of the nuggets! 😆


16 Responses

  1. Que Sera, Sera…


  2. Not to much to say other than the fact I believe if Calderwood had the best side available from the premiership Forest would still play the same .The quicker Forest put a string of bad results together the better then Doughty might get rid of him, better still I hope the both of them go. Forest will never do anything with this manger or Mr Doughty time will show that.Doughty has been at the helm to long and has only took this club to where it is now

  3. terry: YAWN

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  5. Terry, have you got someone lined up who wants to buy Forest, repay Mr Doughty’s loans and invest further huge sums of money? Perhaps a dictator from Asia, a Russian mafia type or a Yank who will rename us the Nottingham Reds? Maybe if we we were really lucky we could get the bloke from Hearts; he seem’s a good owner!

    I think we are stuck with our Nige, whether we like it or not. And let’s see what CC can do with a fully fit squad at his disposal.

  6. Does anyone know why Cohen didn’t play? I heard he was in line for a run out and what was commented on him in the reserves game against Brum suggested he may at least make us a bit more forwarding moving. It frustrates me that we may have a guy with a tonne of talent and solely in need of an opportunity to play a game or two only for him to end up like Boppy, full of class, never an opportunity or time on the park to show his worth. I was very hopefully for this season with the new signings and all. B*gger all seems to have changed. Please Colin, play forward thinking players (preferably in their best positions). Uuuuu Reeeeddddsssss!!!!!!

  7. There are some positives to be taken from last night:

    Another clean sheet.
    We never looked like conceding.
    No new injuries.
    Agogo is getting sharper.
    2 New yougsters blooded.
    The penalties (in the shoot out) were well taken.

  8. There are some not-so-positives to be taken from last night:

    Chester weren’t good enough to score.
    A 4th Div side were too strong to allow us to score.
    Our fit players aren’t up to the chellenge.
    Agogo was playing while unfit, if he was fit to play he should have started.
    We are having to rely on rookies to see us through a key part of the season
    Games like this should never go to penalties – oh how our expectations have gone down.

  9. Swansea will be the real test. Lets see how we perform there. Until then, stop complaining.

  10. Ain’t that the truth… I really hope Agogo is approaching full fitness.

  11. Glass half full or half empty chaps?!

  12. JG Good point Nigel has put his money where his mouth is but can’t pick a decent manager for love nor money!

    Terry, If Calderwood managed the 1970 Brazil World Cup winning side he’d have them in the Conference in two years!

  13. It’s a simple game.
    Best left winger at the club? Play left wing. Best center-half? There you go. Home game? Need to attack, 2 up front.

    Or am I making it too difficult???

  14. Ha ha ha…calderwood, brazil, the same sentence!!!

  15. So we begin the season with the following all carrying injuries of varying lengths… Davies, Cohen, McGugan, Breckin, Perch, Lockwood, Tyson, Agogo & Holt!

    Hopefully Grolt & also possibly Junior are now ok (touch wood) but CC says McGugan will be 1 month, Cohen 4 – 6 weeks, Davies 3 weeks, Tyson is a long way off, not sure the latest on the others. CC may end up playing the entire acedemy defence in midfield this week!

    I’d like to see a loan signing or two come in while these lads recover, so they are not hurried back before they are ready. A striker would be nice and we don’t seem to have much cover for right midfield?

    NFFC – Have you seen this site?
    I noticed it on another forum and it seems to be quite good.

  16. Andy Cole?

    Shhh! Quick, before Roy Keane signs him!

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