The Moose’s fire is quelled – by an early bath!

moooose!Nottingham Forest – 1
Barnsley – 0

There’ll be a few people who made it home only to discover they’d missed a goal in the name of beating the traffic.  I wonder if any of them also missed the probably slightly more monumental moment of Des Walker scoring his only competitive goal for the club?  Some people never learn!

Billy had pre-warned that patience would be a virtue in this fixture, and he was spot on.  Barnsley came out the blocks positively but also dug in and made life difficult for the Reds, who themselves were not quite up to performance levels attained at the weekend on this cold and rainy tuesday evening.

Just one change was made, McGoldrick replacing Majewski who has been suffering with a virus since the weekend, and playing almost in the same kind of role in advanced midfield, so we lined up something approximating:

Gunter   Morgan   Wilson   Cohen
Anderson   Moussi   McKenna   Tyson

As I said above, it was the visitors who made the early running – pressing Forest deep into their own territory, and assisted by the infuriatingly incompetent Nigel Miller – the referee for this evening.  His first act of note was to give a freekick early doors when a Barnsley player fell over next to Wes Morgan, this was well struck by the industrious Ian Hume and rattled the bar with Camp not even moving.

Shortly after another dodgy freekick was awarded for a supposed foul on Hammill by Anderson, this was quickly taken some ten yards away from where the incident took place.  Again taken by Hume, this time into the box where Wes was on hand to make the clearance.  Anderson looked to be the brightest prospect for the Reds to start to make progress in attack – unfortunately his first attempt was a poor shot straight at Barnsley’s goalkeeper Steele.

Hume again proved a thorn in the side of our defence, forcing another effort this time just wide of the goal – however, Forest were starting to come more into the game and take the game to the Tykes.  Ex-Sheep Darren Moore felled McGoldrick and picked up a booking for his trouble – the freekick was well struck by Cohen but straight into the wall and to safety.

The Reds attacked again and a Cohen delivery into the box was met by Blackstock with a header across goal, this fell half-kindly for McGoldrick who on the stretch managed to get the ball roughly goalbound – but for the intervention of the crossbar.  A frustration for a chap nearby who had a bet on the former Southampton man to get he first goal!

He was getting excited again too, as McGoldrick bent his run deliciously to avoid straying offside, Morgan played an uncharacteristically perfect long-range ball to put him through one-on-one.  It’s true he was at an awkward angle but I would have expected the striker to do better than to blast into the quick-to-react Steele – or better still square the ball to the supporting Tyson who would’ve surely tapped into the open goal!

The visitors had another quick attack with Macken forcing a decent save from Camp, and right before the half time break Forest had two chances – first from Blackstock which was saved by Steele, and then Anderson fizzed a low cross to the back stick which just evaded Tyson who was running in on the back post.

The second half almost started perfectly, Luke Steele cleared badly and left himself rather stranded.  McKenna responded to the cries of ‘Shoooot!’ from the crowd and did so – and we will never know whether he’d have hit the target or not because of the timely intervention by one of the Barnsley midfield.

At the other end the in-form Hammill forced Camp to make a spectacular save at the expense of a corner – and shortly after we were grateful to see two headed chances miss the target from Foster and then Julian Gray in quick succession.  This woke up the modest following from Yorkshire who – in fairness – certainly made more noise man-for-man than our North-Eastern visitors at the weekend.

Even if it was 90% about the miners strike.

After a Forest attack fizzled out Tys reacted angrily to being fairly blatantly hauled down by Shotton, the referee booked him for it – which is probably fair, although Tyson’s frustration was understandable given the referee’s blind spot for what he felt was a foul on him.  Still, I’m not a fan of seeing our players react in that way so a yellow was probably warranted.

Before half time Tyson had picked up a knock to the ankle, and shortly after the booking he was withdrawn for Majewski who was looking lively.  Raddy’s first act was to take a dangerous corner, the melee which ensued saw Dex pick up a knock and get replaced by Dele, whilst Raddy went to take another corner from the other side that had come from his first attempt.

Raddy was finding space and time to get on the ball and try to create something – and he almost slipped McGoldrick in but for a good last ditch tackle from Shotton to deny him.  At the other end Wilson was on hand to deny former-Red Andy Gray who was a Barnsley sub from connecting with what looked like a good goal-scoring opportunity.

Just as I was starting to lose any hope that we’d get a breakthrough the simplest of goals left us delirious.  A long ball from McKenna was chested down by Adebola into the path of Moussi who powered the ball into the net and powered himself into the Trent End to celebrate with the fans.  This culminated in a second yellow card and an early bath for the match winner.

Moussi’s first booking had been ostensibly for him kicking the ball away – at the time I wasn’t entirely convinced that the Frenchman had realised that play had stopped, as it appeared to be him playing it rather than an act of petulance.  Regardless, it certainly provided a memorable finish and undoubtedly left a few early-departers kicking themselves for their impatience.

We’re still in seventh place – but in this tightest of leagues we’re only two points off the top!  As Billy rightly said post-match, league tables are broadly irrelevant ’til January or later – however, regardless of this grain of truth – it’s still nice to be north of half-way in it, and open up a sizeable gap between us and a certain other team who lost again this evening!

Five straight league wins is something we’ve not achieved for three and a half years – so heartiest congratulations to the lads.  The bad news for us is that Dex looks likely to be missing for a couple of weeks with an overstretched medial knee ligament.  Thankfully it isn’t a tear.  Onward and upwards!

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  2. Not that long back from the game and I know Billy says not to take notice of the table but it sure does look good tonight boys! Tough game, good first half, a laboured second but another win ground out. Probably deserved to edge it. Think the boys lost a bit of faith in themselves in the second but some of the passing in the first was sublime. Another Monster Moose performace capped with a well taken goal in the end.

    Well Done Boys and of course made all the better by the DIreby result ha ha!


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  5. Following the game by text whilst in the US was frustrating, but ultimately fantastic! U Reds!

  6. The boys made hard work of that!
    Totally bossed the first half, good passing and movement but no end product.
    The Mousse was magnificent again, and deserved his goal. The first booking was for grabbing their fella as he accelerated away from him, and the way the ref performed that was always gonna be a yellow.
    On the subject of referees, how shite was he last night. Just woeful.
    Did you know the linesman in the first half injured himself so swapped with the 4th official at halftime. What a clown. Ho hobbled round our technical area (didnt bother with theirs, bizarrely), telling everyone off! He was a right nob, squeaking at Billy “Step back, Billy, you’re on the line” and “Coach, coach, calm down”. And when Dele was about to come on he REALLY showed who was boss!! It was funny, but come on, why the hell do these muppets behave in such a way as soon as you give them the slightest bit of power.

    Still, happy days at Forest !!

  7. Average performance, great result!!

    A Barnsley player didn’t “fall over” next to Wes for their free kick from which they hit the bar – it was a clear foul by Wes who went right over the top of said player.

    Mattyboy has Moussi’s first booking spot on – he stuck out an arm and pulled back the Barnsley chap. Had to be booked.

    While the Howard Webb look-a-like ref missed an awful lot of pushes and gave an awful lot of decisions the wrong way, I thought he got most of the major decisions spot on leaving a largely ignorant crowd baying for blood and ridiculing him for his (correct) decision.

    Surely one of the most noteworthy facts about the game is that Garner played for about a quarter of the game and, wait for it… didn’t get booked!! Amazing!!

    Irrelevant fact – last night was the first time it has rained on my walk from parking the car to the stadium in 3 seasons. Funny how silly things stick in your mind 🙂

    I was looking at 4 points from the last two games and 5 from those two plus Palace away at the weekend. So we’re already a point ahead of that target so anything gained from Selhurt Park is a bonus. U REDS!! Make it 6!!

  8. Disappointing though the red card was, there’s no doubt the referee was right in following the laws of the game and dishing out yellow cards for both offences. On the bright side, wasn’t it great to see us continue to try and play footie (save for the last 10 minutes maybe) instead of resorting to hoofing and hoping. Now we just need to double our points tally and we’ll be safe from relegation!

  9. Can’t remember the last time we scored in the dying seconds, but LOVED IT !
    Tough game, credit to Barnsley they made it very difficult for us. They were niggly and targeted certain players especially Tyson but we came through.

    I have critized Wilson in the past but in the last 2 games he has been outstanding. Keep it up Kelv and becoame the player I believe you can be.

  10. ‘If after every tempest come such calms, May the winds blow till they have waken’ d death’ After the last 10 very frustrating years of incompetent managers, we now seemed to have found one with a brain! Let’s enjoy the moment.
    If he does get us up, it will be difficult for him to keep us up – as with Derby – but lets not then sack him for lack of money and international players.
    Keep the faith for 6 at the weekend!

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