Tys smashes Brewers with a nine minute hattrick!

Tys stakes a claim as a striker rather than a winger!

Tys stakes a claim as a striker rather than a winger!

Burton Albion – 1
Nottingham Forest – 4

Two preseason games took place today, but the game at Ilkeston Town contained only Mark Byrne who has been within even a sniff of a first team place.  Forest ended up two down and bagged a consolation from a late penalty from Tim Hopkinson – the sketchy reports I’ve found from attendees suggest that it wasn’t the most scintillating games of football ever.  Certainly we don’t need to be worrying that our first team squad are losing to lowly opponents (eh, Derby?.. sorry!).

So, on to the Brewers.  Forest lined up with Camp in goal, McCleary, Morgan, Chambers, Wilson across the back, Davies, Moussi, Thornhill (clearly not on loan at Brighton!), Tyson across midfield, McGoldrick and Earnshaw up front.  The first goal of the game was courtesy of David McGoldrick, a tremendous lofted long ball from Chambers found the striker who kept his composure to lob the ball over Shane Redmond – on loan, of course, from us.

The Brewers had chances too though before this, Simpson, Djilali and McGrath all bringing saves from Camp before Forest had taken the lead.  On the whole the first half was evenly balanced, with a moment of magic from Chambers and McGoldrick needed to break the deadlock.  Half time saw Smith on for Camp, McGugan on for Thornhill, Adebola on for Earnshaw and Anderson on for McGoldrick – with Tyson moving up front.

Certainly Tyson was in the mood to demonstrate where he prefers to ply his trade – soon after the restart Redmond had parried a McGugan shot upon which Tyson pounced to fire the rebound into the net.  McGugan again was architect to Tyson’s second, executing a sublime defence-splitting through ball for Tyson to run on to before calmly rounding Redmond and slotting home the ball.

The third was a powerful half-volley from the edge of the area after good work from Adebola.  A super hattrick, completed in a shade over nine minutes – good work Tys!  Dele could’ve got on the scoresheet too, shooting just wide after more good setup play from McGugan on the right wing.  The consolation goal came late on for the excellently named Shroot – giving Paul Smith the ignomity of conceding first in his new position of benchwarmer!

Also worth mentioning is the amusing chant that seems to have taken root for Dele Adebola amongst the travelling Reds fans.  To the ‘Addams Family’ theme tune, it goes (something) like this:

His name is rather silly
He does a job for Billy
He’s got a massive willy
But not as big as me
Ad-ee-bo-la (clap clap)
Ad-ee-bo-la (clap clap)
Ad-ee-bo-la  Ad-ee-bo-la Ad-ee-bo-la (clap clap)

Certainly made me chuckle and saddeningly rare example of a bit of genuine terrace wit – by all accounts the man himself was certainly amused by hearing it from the travelling Reds, if the big grin on his face was anything to go by whilst he was warming up to the sounds of it!  Good on ya, Dele!  Other good news was that both Paul McKenna and Chris Gunter were present in Burton, obviously unable to play a part until their transfers are cleared with the Football League on Monday.