Reds break Sky and awayday Hoodoo in one unspectacular match..

Plymouth Argyle – 0
Nottingham Forest – 1

A scrappy game in the south-west saw Forest pick up their long awaited first away win of the season.  It wasn’t a spectacular performance by any means, and again Forest wasted much of the chances they created – and also were perhaps fortunate not to have conceded a penalty to the Pilgrims.  Having said that, few Reds would argue we weren’t due some good fortune.

Nearly fifteen-thousand fans almost filled Home Park which is good going for an awkwardly timed Sunday match on TV.  Including a thousand or so from Nottingham.  Although given the ticket giveaway perhaps even more were expected – I suspect they hadn’t thought through just how many supporters wanted to claim a free ticket but didn’t have a corresponding juvenile to take with them!

Forest lined up with a familiar-but-shuffled line-up, still opting to play Garner on the right wing and Cohen withdrawn back to defence, and a welcome return to the side for Raddy Majewski:

Gunter   Morgan   Wilson   Cohen
Garner   McKenna   Majewski   Tyson
Blackstock   Adebola

The immediate start was good for the Reds – immediately getting forward and creatign a chance for Dex from a freekick, unfortunately despite rising well he was only able to direct his header over.  In truth it looked like Larrieu would’ve had it covered regardless.  At the other end Plymouth’s dangerman was Alan Gow, creating a great opportunity for Fletcher who shot wide.

The home side grew in confidence and really should have taken the lead when a pass from Duguid found Mackie unmarked and seven yards from goal – luckily for us he deigned to shoot wide.  Shortly after this he was on target – but despite being wrong-footed slightly Camp managed to block it with his foot; with Gunter completing the clearance.

Majewski was having an influential game in midfield as we’ve become accustomed, beating his defender and coming close with a long range shot which appeared to have the beating of the ‘keeper – but didn’t dip soon enough so ended up on top of the net rather than inside.  Just as I’d given up on the idea of Forest nicking a first half lead, the Reds took the lead.

Gunter played a couple of one-twos – the latter with Dexter Blackstock as he burst into the box – he got a lucky bounce off the head of an Argyle defender but showed good composure to finish inside the far post with his left foot.  His first goal for the Reds, and indeed, his first senior professional goal – so congratulations Chris – may it be the first of many!  Half time arrived soon after, with the Reds in the lead.

Right at the start of the second half the Reds perhaps could have doubled Plymouth’s misery – a cross from McKenna found him in the box which his mis-kicked wide with his right foot where a left-footed effort would’ve made more sense.  Shortly after the ref pulled back play for a foul on Dex where he looked set to square it to Dele who was clear through – predictably, the freekick came to nothing!

The Reds did largely dominate play without creating too many opportunities – whereas Plymouth did have one glaring opportunity where it looked as though Kelvin felled one of their players in the box.  On the TV replay from one angle it didn’t look to have touched the ball at all, from another angle it did look like it – the referee had the former (better) view where it appeared that Wilson had committed the foul.  Luckily for us the referee waved away the protests.

With the consternation rising from the home crowd another chance was created by the home side through Judge, who made a good run with the Reds defence backing off (why do we do that?!), his shot was mercifully straight at Camp who took a couple of attempts to gather.  Wes had work to do as well to stem the tide of the home side, just as five minutes of added time were shown.

The Reds did a good job at winding the clock down and with supporters streaming out of the exits the previously steely resolve of Plymouth appeared to have wilted.  Not a spectacular performance, and elements of fortune – but it’s great to have our first away win monkey off our back, and Joe Garner managed a game without getting booked too – so there’s another bonus!