Anderson strike gives Forest win over Sporting..

Anderson: Matchwinner

Sporting Clube de Portugal – 0
Nottingham Forest – 1

Bizarrely this evening we added some silverware to our recently unchanged trophy cabinet with an against the odds pre-season triumph in our first friendly against Sporting.  A second half Paul Anderson strike (see below) was enough to secure the win for the travelling Reds infront of an impressive following of travelling Forest fans.

Having half-watched the game courtesy of an internet stream, I didn’t get the best view of the action – and the Portuguese commentary didn’t really elucidate matters for me a great deal, however it was good to see the Reds in action.  So this won’t be a match report in the conventional sense.

Forest lined up with Camp in goal, Wilson at rightback, Morgan and Chambers in the centre of defence (Chambers wearing the Captain’s armband) and Cohen at left back.  In midfield Anderson and Davies were on the flanks with Moussi and McGugan in the middle.  Adebola and McGoldrick up front.

Impressions of the first half were Sporting looking more composed, and had chances – but Forest did knock the ball around really well at times, McGugan nearly finished off a great move but just lost control at the crucial moment.  Adebola looked a handful, and all in all half time came with me feeling quite positive, albeit highlighting our need for defensive cover.

Half time saw Smith replace Camp, Tyson replace Adebola and McCleary on for Wilson.  McCleary in particular was involved for much of our good moments in the second half, playing at rightback but getting forward really quickly.  This left us potentially exposed to counters down the left, one of which culminated in the excellent Moutinho hitting the bar for the home side.

However, the only goal of the game came for the Reds, McCleary on the ball on the right edge of the area cut inside to clip a left-footed cross over to Anderson who converted the chance, lashing a shot across the goalkeeper into the far side of the goal.  A good finish to a good piece of work from McCleary.  All in all, most rewarding!

A great moment for the travelling Reds too, particularly as the Reds appeared to be awarded a trophy which Chambers took to the travelling fans to celebrate with.  An unexpectedly cracking start to pre-season, well done to Billy and the boys!

In transfer rumour news, Blackpool appear to be resigned to losing Forest target Shaun Barker.  Whether it is us or Derby who are close to securing his services remains to be seen.  Certainly we need to be looking to strengthen our defensive options – we finished the game this evening with only two defenders on the pitch!

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