Counteh despatched, Earnie breaks his duck – bring on the season!

I had a wheelbaaaaaarrow.. the wheel stayed on...

I had a wheelbaaaaaarrow.. the wheel stayed on...

Notts County – 2
Nottingham Forest – 3

A comfortable run-out against our nearest neighbours was given a slightly interesting twist for the home supporters when Dale Roberts (on as a second half substitute) gifted late goals to Forrester and Fairclough with a couple of blunders; to leave a scoreline less impressive for the Reds, and more flattering to the home side.  Early reports suggest that the attendance of 7,665 had more Forest supporters in it than home supporters – it certainly looked that way.

Comfortable performances aside, County could – and perhaps should – have taken the lead early with Matt Hamshaw failing to take advantage of an opportunity.  From a Forest perspective, Earnshaw headed over early from a McCleary cross.  The Welshman didn’t have long to wait to break his Forest duck, though, latching onto a Chambers pass he was able to squeeze the ball in from around 12 yards despite the Notts ‘keeper getting a hand to it – and giving Forest fans the first of, hopefully many, trademark Earnshaw goal celebrations. 

Forest looked comfortable from here, and the home keeper had a number of saves to make, particularly from the lively Earnshaw.  The second goal came from Julian Bennett, who was picked out perfectly by a cross from Chris Cohen, leaving him the not-inconsiderable-task of heading beyond the despairing goalkeeper from around eight yards – giving him no chance at all of keeping the ball from crossing the line.

Half time saw Roberts in goal, and initially he did well to prevent Mayo scoring for the home side; but Forest were soon back on the attack – Cohen had an effort from range well saved, at which point the substitutions that you’d expect to see at friendlies started to happen; Moloney replaced Chambers, Reid replaced McCleary, Wilson replaced Perch and Sinclair replaced Newbold.  It was substitute Reid who capitalised on a poor pass from Forrester, playing a through-ball to Earnshaw which put the striker clear to slot the ball past the onrushing goalkeeper.

Another wave of substitutions saw Heath on for Bennett, Brecks on for Earnshaw and Moussi on for Cohen – perhaps this could have contributed to the two goals conceded, but really it seems the bulk of that was down to poor Dale Roberts in goal.  Initially delivering a great assist to Forrester, and then finally misjudging a cross which eventually ended up in the back of the ‘net – so an element of bad luck, but ultimately a win – albeit one in which the scoreline should really have been a lot more comfortable!

Good to see Earnie getting on the scoresheet, though – hopefully that should put him into the right frame of mind for more of the same against League opponents as the new season gets ever closer to starting.

4 Responses

  1. I’m glad Earnie is off the mark. Roberts is a worry. Bring on reading ,and lets hope they sell a couple more of their players before sunday.!!! Come on you REDS !!!

  2. Highlights of the match on Youtube…….

  3. Be fair lads, Wes should never have been fannying around giving an inexperienced ‘keeper a poor backpass with their players in the box. Apart from that Morgan was my man of the match. Worryingly Wilson looked woeful when he came on….

    In fact, from the starting 11 I thought we looked pretty strong. Maybe only the young lad up front lacked a little, but that was his first start and he was up against a couple of big lads… As for the rest no-one had a poor game, and its not our fault County were piss poor. I must admit I wondered why CC played Perch (a right back) at centre-half and Chambo (a centre-half) at right back. But credit to Perchio he did well.

    So all in all it wasn’t a bad afternoon really. One sloppy goal and one flukey cross flattered them. and we outnumbered them too. How embarrassing for them!

  4. Until the substitutions, it was men against boys.

    Wes looked sharp as did Earnshaw. JB made sure the Sadpies knew it wasnt that friendly.

    Excellent turnout by the Reds fans.

    Let the real battle commence………

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