Seasiders grab the win..

If there were a cow's arse handy, Forest would have missed it with this prop

Nottingham Forest – 0
Blackpool – 1

Apologies for the tardiness of the match report, but having a few consolatory beers turned into a lot of consolatory beers and – no offence – that seemed like more fun than coming home and recounting a frustrating afternoon’s viewing at the City Ground!  The reports I’m reading seem to suggest Forest were in some way unfortunate, but from where I was sitting there couldn’t have been many complaints at the scoreline.

The line-up was both surprising and in some ways a bit baffling, Billy held good on his words of encouragement to Earnie by including him in the starting eleven – but didn’t really pair him up with a favourable partner – and indeed, for much of his time on the pitch he seemed to be operating as a  lone striker.  At home.  When we were losing.  The team was this:

Gunter    Morgan    Chambers    Lynch
Cohen    Moussi    McKenna    Tyson
Earnshaw    McGoldrick

The first real opportunity of the match was for the Reds when Moussi – looking like someone who had been first introduced to a football this morning – was late in playing the ball through to Earnie who was in a great position – as such the chance fizzled away into nothing.  Earnie was closer after, evading Baptiste but finding Rachubka alert at the edge of his box to claim to ball.

At this point Forest looked comfortable but unpenetrative – kind of our standard state these days.  Tyson was doing well down the left, having the beating of the right back time and again but balls into the box weren’t really finding anyone in decent positions – until he found Cohen who couldn’t really get any pace on his header – which he deigned to aim straight at the ‘keeper anyway.

Earnie had the same problem from a Gunter cross, unable to get any power behind his header which was on target but – again – easy pickings for the Tangerines goalkeeper.  Tyson had a shot from a tight angle which – whilst decent enough – never really looked likely to yield a goal and Rachubka dealt well with it to keep it safe.

Then the break – Adam evaded Moussi in the middle and powered towards goal – with the Forest defence parting like the red sea allowing the midfielder to plant a decent striker into the bottom corner past Camp who had little or no chance.  At least it wasn’t a deflected goal, I suppose – it was just well taken and very badly defended from our point of view!

Another good cross from Gunter was missed by Cohen, but found McGoldrick who shanked it into the Blackpool fans.  Probably the best chance(s) we fashioned came shortly after – Cohen did well to avoid straying offside to find Earnie whose shot was blocked, the rebound fell to Moussi who struck goalward only to illicit a save from Rachubka, another rebound, falls to Earnie who had his final effort cleared off the line.

Half time was met with much bemusement at the performance and selection.  I thought personally that Moussi looked out of sorts and lacked either match fitness, sharpness or basic ability.  We lacked much coming down the right except when Gunter overlapped and basically it wasn’t working particularly well – I was hoping to see Anderson and either Blackstock or Adebola on for the second half.

Alas, neither happened.  Blackpool started the second half brightly and Camp had to be on his toes to save well from Euell.  Forest created chances too – Lynch crossed to Tyson who found Earnie who conspired to shoot straight at Rachubka.  I thought we’d equalised when McGoldrick was felled in the box, the ball fell to Earnie who tapped in – but the linesman’s flag was already up for offside against McGoldrick.

Dex came on for Moussi – again, without a sponsors logo on his short – and after no real dramatic change in fortunes Billy put on Adebola and McGugan on for Earnshaw and McGoldrick respectively.  That didn’t really make much difference either – and as I noted on Twitter – we really didn’t look like we would be able to score a goal if given an hour or more to do so.  Dele had a late chance but was well blocked by Edwards.

All in all, a disappointing performance from the lads – certainly chances were created, but we never really looked dangerous.  Blackpool took their chance well which we largely gifted to them – and they largely played a containing game on us thereafter but did look capable of breaking.  So well done to them, I think it has to go down as a well earned victory to the Seasiders.

Still, at least Derby lost!  I keep saying that, don’t I?  We really do need to get our own house in order, though.