Three wins on the bounce take us up to nosebleed territory!..

Raddy: Scored an absolute stunner!

Peterborough United – 1
Nottingham Forest – 2

Happy memories continue to flow from London Road for Forest fans as the mighty Reds storm to three league wins on the bounce – a first for Billy.  Well, kinda.  Billy presided over the last two games in our last three league game winning streak which was kicked off by caretaker boss John Pemberton.

So, to London Road.  Only one change to the ground since we were there back in 1994 – a small new two-tier stand faces their main stand.  Two old-Trent-End-esque stands at either end of the pitch and their old main stand to our right – it was mostly just how I remembered it!

Walking through the gravel car park evoked strong memories of dancing around with friends and strangers alike once we’d left the pitch that day, and once I was on the terrace I felt obliged to find the spot I had stood on that day too.  Billy kept the faith with most of the team from midweek – opting to put in McGoldrick for Garner, with Tyson reverting to the left wing.

Gunter   Morgan   Chambers   Cohen
Anderson   McKenna   Majewski   Tyson
Blackstock   McGoldrick

The first half was largely a non-event in truth – the home side had by far the best chance when ‘are you Savage in disguise?’ Mackail-Smith really should hav edone better with a far-post header – putting it well wide.  Probably the most notable event of the half was Forest continuing proving an unlucky omen for goalkeepers called Joe.

Tys went in with him in a challenge and unusually it was our man who got up from it, but the ‘keeper had to go off to be replaced by McKeown.  Shortly after they also had to withdraw Coutts who had earlier picked up an injury, with Lee Frecklington taking the field in his place.  The outfield sub almost had an instant impact putting a shot from range just wide.

Forest were getting quite a bit of joy down the left through Tyson, who generally had the beating of his man – unfortunately his crosses were either poor or, more often in fairness, decent but just managing to evade the Forest men in the box.  The other feature of the game was the awful refereeing which basically consisted of giving nearly every decision to the home side – and booking David McGoldrick for no apparent reason.

The second half started much more energetically, and it was the home side who were on top at the start, and just as it looked like we had taken the sting out of them and were coming back into the game they hit us with a sucker-punch; winning a corner which was taken by Williams and headed in by Mclean – it looked like there was climbing to me, but the view from the away terrace isn’t the best so I’m looking forward to seeing the highlights.

Undeterred the Forest fans drowned out the home fans’ cheers with a rousing chant of ‘Nottingham’ to get behind the lads – and Forest were level just two minutes later.  A freeick was awarded in the ‘better than a corner’ position – and it sure was.  Majewski took it toward the back post – just as I turned to my mate to say “That was crap!” it dropped neatly into the top corner to level us off!

Forest took the lead just five minutes later – Blackstock shot from close range which was blocked by McKeown, but it fell for Paul Anderson who made no mistake stroking the ball into the net from close range to give us a deserved lead.  The home side still had some danger though – Boyd hit the side netting from fairly close range, we hit the bar with a spectacular overhead kick from McCleary – but ultimately, we were able to hold on.

As far as I know there aren’t any more first team goalkeepers called Joe that we’re due to play against any time soon – so I think they can consider themselves safe from us for a while!  This result puts Forest up to tenth which is our highest league placing since 2003.  This wasn’t a spectacular performance – but it was a bloody hard graft against dogged opponents, and the celebrations on the terraces were awesome!

Hard to pick the top performers as the whole team worked very hard indeed – but if forced I’d struggle to pick between Blackstock and Morgan.  Dex is an absolute warrior – he never stops working for the team, unusually for a striker often quite selflessly.  Wes was just Wes.  A collossus at the back, let very little by him and put in many a crucial block and tackle.  But this result is testament to the whole team – well done lads!