Forest come back to defeat Owls..

Topped off a decent performance with a goal

Chambers: Topped off a decent performance with a goal

Nottingham Forest – 2
Sheffield Wednesday – 1

I must admit I was a bit worried when I saw the team, following the injuries picked up against the Sheep left us without Anderson and Cohen, seeing McCleary and Anderson enter the side.  Better news (sorry Joel) was that Lynch wasn’t available, giving Joe Heath a chance to impress at left back.  It was heartening to hear Billy Davies speak of moves being afoot to bring in some players – because we have some key injuries and a thin squad.

However, another three points sees us four points clear of the bottom three, on a great run of form and hopefully giving the players increased confidence to kick on to safety as quickly as possible.  It was a miserable evening which proved to have an impact on players ability to pass and control the ball well, and despite the short distance it was an impressive away following from the Yorkshire club, ready to spur on their side to victory.  It’s also always nice to see Lawsy back at the City Ground.

It was a scrappy start, with Wednesday having the first attempt on goal straight at Smithy at which point an end to end game started to develop.  Arron Davies looked lively early doors, and Tyson continued his recent good form – breaking down the left and crossing which almost paid dividends when an Owls clearance rebounded off a defender and headed goalward, but too gently to trouble the keeper.  As we’d seen before, though, just as Forest showed promise, they went behind.

A corner was hit in, Tys wasn’t able to get his head on to it to clear allowing Wood to head down for Johnson to score.  Frustrating given the timing, and myself and many other fans weren’t quite in the same mindset that the players are lately, because that’s the kind of sucker punch that’s taken the stuffing out of Forest before our recent run of form.  Fortunately today that was to prove not the case, as Forest were to hit back quickly.

There aren’t words to describe the tremendousness of the throughball that Garath McCleary picked out – the winger broke forward centrally from his own half, taking on a couple of Owls players before picking out an absolutely perfect pass to release Nathan Tyson who had made the perfect run to meet it, took it in his stride before unleashing a powerful shot over Lee Grant and – and I’ll admit I was worried it was going over – into the top of the net to give us an emphatic equaliser.

Shortly after this Francis ‘wingnut’ Jeffers lost the ball lazily to Joe Heath, and decided to respond by lunging in on the youngster with both feet off the ground, leaving him floored and in need of treatment.  Unusually the referee was very decisive and immediately held aloft a well deserved red card.  It took Jeffers a while to leave the pitch and for play to resume, when it did the visitors’ dirtiness continued – Lewis Buxton was fortunate to only be booked for an ugly challenge on Davies.  These incidents had distracted from a resurgent Forest, so eventually half time was a welcome break.

The second half began with a booking for Brecks, definitely a foul on Tudgay – the resultant theatrics probably cost him the card.  The freekick was taken from out on our left, and it was a good delivery by Gray which found Tudgay unmarked on the back stick, he headed into the side-netting though – fooling many of the visiting fans into thinking they had retaken the lead, much to the amusement of the home supporters.

It was the home fans’ turn to look a bit silly following that, Tyson was clearly fouled as he played McCleary through, who broke through and finished with aplomb past Grant.  Unfortunately he was offside so it was disallowed, the referee not really thinking that there wasn’t much advantage in that situation and not bringing back play to where Tyson was fouled.  As the half went on, it was increasingly tough to tell which side had ten men as Wednesday moved the ball well.  

Earnie had picked up a bit of a knock, and was withdrawn for Joe Garner, and as Forest continued to struggle to make headway, Davies withdrew his increasingly anonymous namesake for Thornhill as Forest started to press home their advantage in numbers – McCleary and Tyson combined well to force a save from Grant.  Their tails most definitely up, finally McGugan delivered a great corner which found Chambers at the near post, he headed it across the goal and it went in off the far post to an erupting City Ground.

We thought it was going to be three too, Tyson won the ball on the right and passed to an unmarked Garner whose early shot was curling beautifully inside the near post – Grant did very well to get a strong hand to it and concede a corner.  It was a tense finish with the visitors piling on pressure – but Forest brought on Moloney and shored up, and whilst it was nerve-wracking, held strong and got another well earned three points.  A cracking way to spend an evening!

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22 Responses

  1. Great result under difficult circumstances, the confidence seems to be growing with each performance, the next 6 games will define our season, hope we can get a good player in, can’t wait for the derby!

  2. Great to get another 3 points but a long way to go yet as we’re only 4points above the drop zone. Hey NFFC you forgot to mention that our neighbours have fallen into the bottom 3 tonight!

    4 wins and a draw in January and if we get something in Cardiff, Billy D could win manager of the month for January!

    Also, if Tyson and Earnie are injured and Garner is now suspended, who is going to play up front at the weekend? Lynch? Ned Kelly? Terry the Kit Man?!

    Up the Reds!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Oh I didn’t forget 🙂 Let’s not sully a cracking league performance with mention of them!

  4. This time its my turn to be stuck in the Alps -albeit having a great time, but first priority tonight has been to keep abreast of the results. Again what a good result and one that we would not have turned around earlier in the season. Just goes to prove that winning does become a habit. Made all the better by the mutton meddlers defeat!!! Still not out of the wood though!

  5. Great result, we really needed that win we have some tough games coming up including all of the top 6. So these 3 points are gold. The Cardiff game away will be a real test for the lads. All the injuries are not helping either. BD might need to work some magic as we are only 4 points clear.

    Cardiff
    Ipswich OFF
    QPR,
    Birmingham
    Derby,
    Reading
    Preston,
    Swansea,
    Watford
    Burnley
    Wolverhampton,
    Barnsley
    Bristol City
    Sheff Utd
    Coventry
    Blackpool
    Southampton

  6. Let’s hope the lads will revert to last season’s habits, which is turning the game around each and every time we concede first. Well done everyone, I’m confident we can take something out of the Caerdydd match as well. Then it’s the sheep and a big cup date beckoning on valentine’s weekend… I wonder when was the last time I had enjoyed January so much as a Forest fan.
    U magnificent Reds!
    PS nffc, how did Heath play at left back? Did he react well after the Jeffers clattering?

  7. Heathy played well, a few shaky moments – but he looks very comfortable on the ball which is something we’ve not seen in a left back for a while. I’d be happy for him to continue there…

  8. Bazza – stop copying off the Official site – they haven’t updated the fixtures.
    Ity should go like this
    Cardiff
    Derby Cup
    QPR
    Man Utd Cup (Of course) (Sun 15th)
    Ipswich (Wed)
    Derby
    Reading
    etc..
    Of course, we have to see where the Valentine date with Brmingham will be moved to.

  9. Ugly win last night but hey, I’m happy to take that.

    Great ball, as you rightly say NFFC, from McCleary to find Tyson for the first Reds goal. Last time I saw anyone play a STRAIGHT ball like that was Agent Clough (see later article!) many moons ago.

    Real credit to Davies for two swift positional switches immediately prior to the equaliser and with 5 minutes left by bringing on Maloney when Chambers was under the cosh. I do like the way he’s decisive and his every willingness to prompt and encourage players from the bench.

    As he said in his post match interview on Radio Nottingham, 12 of the 17 man squad was under 22 years old. So we do need a bit of experience and maturity so it will be good to see who he brings in.

  10. ‘4 wins and a draw in January’ and we are still only 4 points clear – it just shows what trouble we were in

  11. Negatives first; Chambers still looks dodgy at right back. Wilson looked shakey too. (doesn’t he get on with ANYONE? Always moaning at somebody). Apart from the free kick for the goal Lewis had a nightmare. And that was Perch’s worst game so far.

    But…Heath had a cracker. So far he hasn’t let us down, looks a good bet for the future.
    Again, Breckin was superb. Tys ran himself into the ground again, at least he got his goal. McCleary also played really well. Anyone else agree that Thornhill made a huge difference when he came on? Nice, simple, passing football.

    I was disappointed with Laws’ tactics, mind. Very dirty side, particularly when they went down to 10 men.

    And the refs are getting worse! Last nights was bloody rubbish!

  12. I agree with most of Mattyboy’s comments. I think it was a below par performance by pretty much every Forest player. They can, and have, individually and collectively played much better than they did last night. McGugan really does need singling out for his abysmal peformance until we went in front, at which point he started to play – sound familiar?

    I was screaming at McCleary to spray the ball wide to Chambers before he slipped that delightful ball through to Tys – who I had no doubt would bury it. 6 months ago he’d have spannered it into Row Z. Of the Upper Tier. By the Corner Flag. But he seems to have a new found believe and, crucially, composure.

    Nights like this one are what make your team successful or not. Didn’t play great, didn’t play bad and at times during the 1st half, it looked like neither side really wanted to be there but in the end a well earned and hard fought victory that showed other vital attributes of the side other than skill.

  13. One question – why does Garner miss the cup tie against D*rby? I always thought the rule was you missed the next game of the same grade you are eligable to play in – which would be Cardiff…

  14. To all those who can get to the City Ground tonight, get there- the kids take their giant killing act & take on Bolton with the carrot of winner takes on Chelsea or Liverpool away as the prize. They’ve knocked out West Ham (H) & Middlesborough (A) in the previous rounds so there is every chance to repeat it again vs Bolton.

    Get yourselves down there – I wish I could – for 7pm kick off & waste £3 & 2hours of your life giving our future players your voice & support.

    I’ll be on the net tryng to find a way to keep upto date (probably the official site like last time) & hope they can do it again.

    U YOUNG REDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. I have to say Big Billy has done marvels! I think we are over the honeymoon period in regards to a new manager and we are still winning. I am really pleased we are up with Blackpool and Barnsley now, as I can see either one of them taking the third relegation position. We just need to keep ahead of them points wise from here on in.

    Have you started to eat your words yet NFFC on the intelligent and extremely driven Scot we now have at the helm?

  16. Absolutely I have, numerous times.. bloody delighted to be shown as an ill-informed reactionary sod on this occasion, although it is early days I’ve been very impressed!

  17. @radgie

    Bans for accumulated bookings kick in after a week, so Joe is okay for Cardiff but out for Derby, which is a relief if Earnie isn’t fit to play on Sat! It does make Garners unnecessary booking all the more annoying, though.

  18. Garner needs to keep a lid on it… I said it b4. Shame, Clough would have none of that would he? (Brian that is!)

    PS Still goaless at the City Ground – come on Forest, Liverpool or Chelsea await…

  19. Damn – Bolton taken the lead 😦

  20. Bolton end the Kids hopes but they bow out with heads held high and know they’ve learnt 3 good lessons against Premeirship teams.

    They had their chances tonight but Bolton also had them too. For the record, they lost 4-0 to Bolton in the league so that says a lot. Full report on the official site.

    Att: TBC

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  22. Anyone else feel as though this weekends game against Cardiff feels just like the Leyton Orient game last season when every man and his dog was out injured and we were wondering where the hell the goals might come from only for Grolt to bang in a hat-trick? I for one hope that history performs its magic trick and Garner is the beneficiary of the smiling gods this time.

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