The secret diary of Terry the kitman.. part two

An entry from the archives has surfaced from our source of inside information – for those of you who have been to, or are curious about, the infamous Forest open days – then read on for a unique perspective from the one, the only, Terry the Kitman!

Disclaimer time: this is, of course, entirely a work of fiction – largely for my own amusement.  Any resemblance between the characters portrayed, and any real person – be they an employee of Nottingham Forest or otherwise, are entirely coincidental!

Best: “Please release me, let me go…”

The mongerer of rumours who were saying Best was keen on a move to Forest seem to have been speaking at least some of the truth.  Best apparently put in a transfer request at Coventry City – as a result he was left out of their squad of 16 at the weekend.  Although Iain Dowie has stated that he recommended to the board that this request should be denied, it’s a good indication that Best is keen to join his hometown club with no other clubs publically showing an interest in him.

It should be an interesting week.  Dodgy-dealing Coventry have only just been reported to have actually paid for the wantaway striker, having a transfer-embargo placed upon them until this was resolved.  Given that they were clearly having issues with their finances, and that we were reported to be offering more than they paid for Best, I would have thought there should have been some kind of intervention to enable us to get our man, Coventry to pay their debts, and all to be well with the world.

So perhaps this protracted pursuit by Smoulderwood and the Forest board might actually yield fruit.  If I remember rightly we had a lengthy process in signing Agogo, and certainly Cohen was a player we were interested in long before attaining his services – indeed, further back in time the Marlon King saga seemed to take forever as well.  Generally speaking, once a player publically states he wants to leave, then it’s likely he will do so – let’s just hope it’s to us!

Here’s the official confirmation of the transfer request.

Swindon outplay sorry Forest in the rain…

Swindon Town – 2
Nottingham Forest – 1

It’s not very often your players can score all three goals in a game, but you still lose – but that’s precisely what happened, and precisely what dropped Forest back into third place in the league.  Of course, that implies Swindon were in some way lucky, which was not the case – they were, to quote one of the comments left on the blog prior to me getting around to a match report, “quicker to the ball,accepted the conditions,were better motivated and were up for it.”

It’s not exactly an unfamiliar report to come back with Forest on their travels, which is slightly worrying.  The conditions were basically some kind of mudbath, with plenty of rain falling onto already sodden ground -and it was the home side better prepared/more willing/more likely to be able to slog through these conditions – with Forest more likely to be found mincing around complaining that their hair might get frizzy in all the wet.

12 minutes into the game was when the first was crafted for the home side, Billy Paynter heading just wide.  Swindon became more dominant as the half went on and produced the second chance of the game when Paynter was able to squirm his way past Matt Lockwood and shoot from 6 yards, only to be denied by a save from Forest ‘keeper Paul Smith.  Shortly after Smith again was on hand to deny the dangerous Paynter from close range.

The goal came from a freekick conceded on the edge of the box by Arron Davies for handling the ball.  It was played into the box by Jon-Paul McGovern and ended up giving Swindon the lead they deserved via some kind of defection from James Perch.  Forest kind of responded by at least creating an opportunity towards the end of the half, a looping header from Grant was goalbound by intercepted by the Swindon keeper, who then dropped the ball but recovered before Commons could get to the lose ball.

The second half game, and alas Forest weren’t able to pull one of those “shit first half, great second half” games out of the bag.  It was Swindon who started strongly, playing to the conditions whilst Forest laboured and lost possession all too easily.  Wes decided to pass the ball to the amusingly named Blair Sturrock, who fortunately blazed over – probably still bemused as to how his opportunity had come about.

Commons appeared to pick up an injury before being replaced by Nathan Tyson – it’s good to see Tys back, but this isn’t the kind of game where he’s going to thrive, now is it?  However, we did equalise against the run of play – a Davies corner was delivered to the back stick where Luke Chambers was on hand to nod in a long overdue goal considering how many he seemed to put away at the start of the season.

 Swindon retook the lead almost immediately, on any other day Blair Sturrock’s effort would’ve gone in – but it was held up in the mud giving Wes a chance to clear the danger.  This sparked some kind of reaction to from the Forest bench, which I’m unclear about, but did see Julian Bennett manage to get booked without even getting onto the pitch, which is both an achievement and an interesting bit of trivia.

The lead could have been Forest’s shortly after this, Cohen was unlucky with an effort just wide from 20 yards.  But well, we know how this story ends from the first paragraph.  Again it was a cross from McGovern, the Forest defence and utter shambles, and an Ian Breckin downward header was to give the three points to Swindon – what a bunch of complete and utter arse.

McGugan did well to put the ball through to Grant, who couldn’t control it so crossed in to nobody at all.  Shortly after there were fairly lame calls for a penalty when Tyson went down under a challenge, Tyson was then booked for arguing about it.  Fired up, Tyson could have equalised in stoppage time but for an excellent intervention from Swindon’s Jamie Vincent.  The final play was a corner from Cohen which Morgan connected with but alas couldn’t quite find the target.

Must. Do. Better. Forest.