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!

19 Responses

  1. Well done indeed! You can see the confidence growing within the squad, and the international break has come at the wrong time for us, although Billy boy and the squad may have a different oppinion.

    i’m chuffed to bits that Billy started with near enough the finishing 11, although we held on for certain periods, mainly due to a good defensive performnce, we still looked very dangerous on the counter, McCleary hitting the bar a prime example.

    It feels good to be a Forest fan right now and although some of us may not agree with certain decisions Billy makes team selection wise, we need to stick with him and the team because it;s starting to sink in now just how good this little nasty wee fella really is. For the past 3/4 years we’d have lost today, going a goal down at what is a difficult place and coming back to win is a great testament to the staff and players because make no mistake, although Peterbrough won’t go up, they certainly won’t go down and they’re fortune will soon change, not many teams will get much from London Road…

    Well done lads, brilliant result

    • Agree there – we were building up some momentum so a pause is perhaps ill-timed.

      That said, it will be good to have the boys fresh for the visit of the Toon Army.

      • While I agree we appear to be in a decent vein of form, we should be mindful that the 9 points we’ve gleaned this week have come against two sides in the bottom three and Scunthorpe.

        Hardly a convincing argument that we’re on our way to the Premiership as some are suggesting.

        • It’s a fair point, although we have put in solid performances against some of the league’s better teams too – West Brom, Middlesbrough etc.

          I would say Derby, but I’d probably bracket them with the rubbish teams 🙂

  2. I could not get a ticket to sit with the away fans so I had to sit with the home fans on the half way line. The Forest fans were out singing the Posh fans for the whole 90 minutes and were a real credit to our football club. This was confirmed when Billy and the coaching stafff all went to the away end at the end. A fantastic result for the reds and credit to the supporters Brillant!!

  3. We are doung the business superb great to be a red just now

    U reds

  4. Not a great game but a great result and the atmosphere was superb at the away end. Well done to all who went for staying positive and for singing their little hearts out. I ended up in the away seats but had a surprisingly good view of both Forest goals and I was thinking the same as nffc of Magic’s erm cross as it slipped in to rapturous applause. No question for me that Dex was MoM and I thought McKenna’s work rate was also excellent again. Still concerned at the back four and was alarmed at how far we sat back with no outlet towards the end but Billy and the boys delivered so well done. Lots of grumpy Posh fans in in town that night and I enjoyed the bragging rights in my home town Pub. Looking forward now to Marlon’s return with the Toon.

  5. Fantastic week for the Reds after three straight wins. Nothing too spectacular on the pitch just nice steady progress. Whilst Billy may frustrate @ times with his spin he’s absolutely bang on with regards to positivity from the fans- it really does help; just ask Burnley/Stoke season ticket holders.
    Therefore, if we can translate our superb away support Trentside we may be a force to be recognised. Remember; it’s not the end of the world when we lose but lets enjoy the wins while they keep coming. As NFFC advises with his statistic about our highest league position in nine years (!) we are on the move- You Reds!!!!!!!!

  6. Although this performance obviously wasn’t the greatest, the overall quality is beginning to show through now isn’t it.
    Top marks to B Davis, come January we still need more depth, hope the chairman understands that anything is possible this season. Bring on Newcastle, I’d be happy with a point, but overall these players shown they have the balls for a fight

  7. Great result from what sounded like a scrappy game. Still the sign of team progression is grinding out wins when we havent played exceptionally well.

    Listening on the radio, Wes sounded like he played well (but its unusual when he doesnt!) and Dex was everywhere. Gunts always appears to give it 100% too.

    For the first time for a long time, it appears there is a great team spirit and players APPEAR to want to really play for our great club – not just turn up and take a pay cheque. That bodes well for great things in the future.

    Seeing us play against Newcastle will be a great marker on how we have progressed – or not as the case may be!

    • I don’t think I would cast doubt on any of the players workrate – they all worked incredibly hard, which is great to see.

  8. he shoots,to the lefttt,he shoots to the righttt, That boy majewski,makes commons look shiet!


  9. I get the feeling a corner has been turned.

  10. RIP Tommy Capel

    • Agreed – just wrote a quick piece about him, although must confess to knowing little about his exploits ’til I did a spot of reading up tonight.

  11. A fantastic article nffc you really are the shnizle!

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