Tyson’s back! Swindon beaten! Tyson’s crocked again…

Nottingham Forest – 1
Swindon Town – 0

If tuesday night’s game at Elland Road was an advert for the kind of frenetic and exciting game encapsulated by a great atmosphere can occur in League One, this one was something approximating the opposite.  The day started for me wandering down the steps next to Lady Bay Bridge fearing it was too much for one Forest fan to take, but rather than jumping off the bridge, they appeared to be abseiling.

Before the game had even started the topic of conversation was very much focused around Nathan Tyson, and how a goal would do his confidence the world of good.  One wag casually remarked that he’d probably score today and promptly get injured and be out for a few weeks – how depressingly prophetic that remark appears to have been, as we await the results of a scan on his troublesome hamstring on Monday.

It was the visitors who started more positively, forcing two early corners – but never actually threatening the goal.  Tys got a block in on their goalkeeper’s clearance, but he was able to grab hold of the ball as it ricocheted off the Forest striker so we weren’t able to capitalise on the opportunity.

Agogo perhaps could’ve got to a deflected Cohen shot if he was quicker on his toes, but the keeper was out quite quickly to smother the ball.  Shortly after this Tyson was felled when past the last man, but heading towards the corner flag resulting in a booking for Ifill despite rather hopeful claims for a red card from some of the Forest fans.  Commons struck the resulting freekick which was blocked.

Wes was ordered off the pitch shortly after this, after his second elbow-to-the-face from Swindon’s fat lad up front – Billy Paynter.  The referee of course didnt notice the cause of the cut on his head, and Wes was gone for a good ten minutes before returning looking like Mr Bump with a big bandage on his head – reminiscent of Stan Collymore all those years ago!

Despite still only having ten men, Forest still threatened with Tyson bursting forward some distance before crossing towards Commons, but the effort was deflected behind for a corner.  The next action of note was a freekick for Forest just outside the D, McGugan struck it into the wall, but the rebound fell back to him to strike beautifully towards the goal – but alas not far enough from the ‘keeper who made a decent save.  I counted that as our first shot on target – it was 40 minutes on the clock.

The referee scandalously not only gave a foul, but booked Wes “Mr Bump” Morgan for a tremendous tackle on Blair Sturrock, the resulting freekick yielded Swindon’s only shot on target in the whole game – and it was a tame one that Smithy didn’t really have to work too hard to prevent going in.  I imagine Terry the Kitman was rubbing his hands with glee at the prospect of getting away without washing Smith’s kit until then!

The first five minutes of the second half really passed without meaningful incident, and the atmosphere was certainly lacking – but that was about to change.  Matt Lockwood played a great throughball to Tyson who accelerated easily past his man before beating Brezovan at his near post.  As he squared up to shoot I was getting ready for ranting about him playing across the goalline to Agogo or Commons who were steaming in, but thankfully the Tyson-of-old had returned and it was in the net – a cracking finish!

Tyson was almost on target again immediately after – as we entered perhaps the only ten minute spell in the game that could be classified as entertaining.  His effort was from around the 25 yard mark and was marginally over the bar.  McGugan was next on the effort stakes, he did brilliantly to cut inside his man to make space for a shot, but he scooped it over the bar and into the Swindon fans with his left foot from around 12 yards.

Swindon half-threatened occasionally during this spell, but didn’t ever have any end product.  Cohen almost got on the end of a McGugan throughball but for a last-gap interception.  Tyson worked well again to burst down the left and play a delicious cross to Agogo who conspired to hit the ball wide from inside 6 yard box, which was rather a disappointment for our International megastar!

It transpired the linesman couldn’t keep up, or he didn’t know the offside flag, as he gave a number of highly dubious decisions against both Tyson and Agogo – and then didn’t flag when Junior was a mile offside and had stopped his run as a result.  Tyson was soon limping as our pre-match prophet had predicted, and was withdrawn to a good round of applause for Arron Davies.  Agogo too was withdrawn for Emile Sinclair.

The game continued to basically be an exhibition of poor-passing between two poor sides before McGugan – who has just signed a new deal ’til 2011 (that was the supposedly exciting exclusive in today’s programme!) – was substituted for James Perch.  Forest characteristically sat back as the officials produced four minutes of stoppage time from somewhere.

Swindon did push forward, but with no real idea nor purpose, Sinclair did get forward well and tried to hold up the ball a bit – but he does seem quite lightweight still and not as quick as I remembered from previous appearances.  The game basically fizzled out with Swindon hopefully hoofing the ball forward, and Forest defending stoutly – before the final whistle ended the boredom!

A good three points, and cheered too by both other local sides winning to hopefully ease their relegation fears.  The result of the day has to be Barnsley who beat the dirty Scousers in the FA Cup – that got the second biggest cheer of the afternoon at the City Ground, so a big well done to them!  The magic of the FA Cup is alive and well, it seems!

Speaking of the FA Cup, sitting watching the Manchester United vs. Arsenal game on BBC1 is quite depressing, it’s currently 4-0 to the home side – how many of us can remember a time when a trip to Old Trafford once held no fear for us?  One of the many reminders of how low we have sunk as we laboured to beat a very poor Swindon team 1-0, whilst only looking marginally better than them.

Still, a win is a win, and this became our game in hand on Doncaster as their game with Leeds was postponed due to their – brand new – pitch being frozen.  Presumably the budget for the new ground didn’t include under-soil heating?  If we can somehow end our awayday blues at Carlisle on Tuesday then I think our season will be reignited – apparantly Hoskins should be back for this, Tyson is unlikely to be fit for it.

For now, I’ll just depress myself with watching United stroke the ball around their Old Trafford pitch with aplomb – although I’m enjoying the “You’re going out with the Scousers!” chanting being directed at the poor Arsenal fans who are busy emptying the away end.

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17 Responses

  1. Well a win is a win 3 desperate points for the promotion push, good, its just the manner ! I was in the BC K block and could not contain my frustration in the 1st half – long balls, no movement off the ball, it was a long ball game as no one wanted the ball – no movement – agh… Second half was almost as bad – when we did score fantastic through ball lightning pace a cracker of a goal. Why only the once ? and then a couple of extra efforts missed. Smith had no saves to make ! says it all about Swindon. Calderwood needs to inject some enthusiasm into the team and stop this cautious nonensence or we wont even win in the plays offs !

  2. Three points is three points, period. We probably played lots better at Leeds but ended up with just one…
    NFFC, what was wrong with Hoskins today?

  3. As far as I can gather he picked up a back injury in training, which isn’t severe but he wasn’t included as a precaution… wise move considering, let’s hope he’s fit for tuesday!

  4. Yup… Otherwise Grolt’s gonna have a chance to impress his hometown buddies!!!

  5. been away skiing>> whats Hoskins like???

  6. I like the look of him.

    He’s got reasonable pace, a decent first touch and appears to be well aware of his teammates positions around him.

    He does look a shade short on match-fitness, I thought, and clearly needs time to bond with the team and particularly whichever strike partner he’s paired with.

    But it’s too early to judge either way really.

  7. Worst game of football I have ever seen, I walked out with 20 mins to go before half time for pint. So did a load of other people.

    2nd half had two good bits, the goal and Lewis chance, apart from that I had to be waken up.

    Thank god I had a free ticket today, at least we got three points I guess.

  8. 3 points is what matters. We had control of the game and second half could should have seen 2 more goals at least if we had shown a little more composure – Junior and Lewis spring to mind. Some sections of the crowd still like to boo at half time, I cannot comprehend booing your own team, the idea is still totally alien to me and it does no good what so ever ???

  9. Is it because of the booing that Tyson gave them the silence sign after his goal? If so, it’s an utter disgrace. I would have never imagined a Forest player doing this to his own (home!!!) crowd.

  10. It goes without saying that it’s a disgrace to the booers, not Tys. Given that a player in a game operates at 150 pulses per, he’s got the right to show his frustration sometimes.

  11. Can we please now have a moratorium on “Calderwood Out” ?
    . . . . at least until it has dawned on Bryan Robson that he couldn’t manage a Punch & Judy show and has brought a pub, laundrette or whatever.
    Given our club’s previous, brilliantly inspired managerial appointments – if Balsawood goes/jumps/is sacked they are just daft enough to appoint the useless p*ss artist.

  12. Oh god, lord help us! 😆

    Re: the booing – I think a fair chunk of it was directed at the referee who had moments before half time booked Wes Morgan for a perfectly fair tackle…

  13. Dead right NFFC about the booing. Well certainly all of it in the UBE was at the ref.

    He was shite though and totally inconsistent – so nothing new for this league!

  14. > Thank god I had a free ticket today, at least we got three points I guess.

    Don’t say that, I paid £400 odd to watch lots of games like this, I don’t need free loaders like you rubbing it in 🙂

  15. Come on guys, stop being childish here. We all got a right to an opinion. At least theres no “mike” here as there was @ the EP.

    Poor display from what I gather, 3 points in the bag, 1 less team 2 worry about play-off wise, 3 points closer to Rovers but that game in hand is gone & we need 3 points on Tues(tommorow) 2 really apply the presure on both sides (above & below us) esp since Swans dropped 2 points. Nice that…

  16. At this time of the season it’s the result that matters 3 points
    is all I care about.
    On the booing, there are definately elements in the Trent End, near where I sit, who will boo if we are not winning at half time !!
    My personal view is that if vocal criticism is justified (let’s be honest there have been times when it has been) it should take place after the game has ended.

  17. Lets hope Grant Holt plays a blinder in front of his home crowd at carlisle and shows them what they missed.You never know…………….

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