Bloody Walsall! The curse remains..

Walsall – 1
Nottingham Forest – 0

It’s our tenth attempt to beat Walsall, and yet again we’ve failed!  Whilst it was a game of two halves – with Forest dominating the first, and Walsall looking more impressive in the second, it was a game with only one shot on goal, one that Michael Ricketts slotted home after a poor headed pass from Sammy Clingan.  It could’ve been worse too, because Ricketts had a second goal disallowed which looked legitimate.

Forest stuck with their 4-5-1/4-3-3 lineup, with Breckin coming back in at Wes Morgan’s expense, and Matt Lockwood replacing the injured Julian Bennett at left back.  Despite carving out numerous chances, Forest were unable to hit the target at all – the slick surface on the pitch causing all manner of frustrations with slightly misplaced passes.  Did you know the last Forest manager to deliver a win against the Saddlers was David fucking Platt?

It was a bad night elsewhere in the league too really, which drops us down to fourth in the league, two points from the automatic places.  So all in all, all we’ve got to be pleased about was Millwall beating Orient.  Smoulds described the game post-match as us having opportunities – but well, if we don’t make Ince make a single save then frankly, it’s hard to argue that we deserved much really.  He also mentioned one or two playing “juvenile” football – interesting – will there be changes for the Brighton game?  Probably not.

It sounds very much like Forest heads dropped – a promising second half, with chances spurned was followed by a second with an early gifted goal to the home side.  From this moment on Forest didn’t seem to recover – there was some pressure, but no real end product, and if anything it should’ve been more convincing as Ricketts looked unfortunate to have a second goal disallowed after somehow outjumping Paul Smith in the Reds goal.

Depressing?  Sure – but it really doesn’t sound like we did ourselves any favours on the pitch tonight, so we need to see an improvement down in Brighton on Friday otherwise we’ll lose further ground on the teams at the top.  We don’t have to worry about the evil Saddlers again until March at the City Ground – can we finally break this irritating run of results against them then? 

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