High flying Reds go marching on, on, on!

Swansea City – 0
Nottingham Forest – 1

A smash and grab trip to Swansea for the Reds keeps our unbeaten run intact and puts us back up to the lofty perch of third in the league – and within two points of West Brom in second (albeit with the Baggies having a game in hand against QPR).  Almost a thousand Reds made the trip to Wales to see our thirteenth game without defeat, and gave the lads rousing backing throughout.

Billy, back in the dugout after missing the trip to Sheffield due to illness, had promised changes to his personnel for this game.  he duly delivered them too, restoring Raddy to midfield and rotating his strikeforce to the maligned Adebola and McGoldrick combination.

Gunter   Morgan   Wilson   Shorey
Anderson   McKenna   Majewski   Cohen
McGoldrick   Adebola

The home side made the early running – and it was wideman Cedric Van der Gun who seemed to pose the most threat – missing the target after being set up nicely by Orlandi when he looked to have beaten Camp.  The Reds did have forays forward though, Morgan nodding on to Wilson but De Vries was alive to the danger in the Swansea goal.

Swansea threatened again – a deflected ball falling to Orlandi whose shot hit the crossbar, rebounding into play only to be headed over by Williams.  At the other end Raddy played a nice throughball to Shorey whose cross found McGoldrick – whose header was saved by De Vries.  The home side were soon back on the attack, Camp diving to save from Dyer and Shorey completing the clearance.

The home side started to build up the pressure on Forest now, and Camp had to be alert as Van der Gun appeared to have the freedom of the Forest penalty area – but for the intervention of our keeper at his feet to smother any chance the winger would have of threatening the goal.  Then, of course, we managed to turn the game on its head with a classic bit of scoring-against-the-run-of-play.

A Wes miskick was cleverly headed across goal by Cohen, finding McGoldrick who turned and volleyed well – although I fancy the deflection from a Swansea defender probably did as much as the Reds striker to take the ball past Dorus De Vries in the Swansea goal.  This gave the Reds some confidence to finish the half more positively, and despite the crazy angle Raddy made De Vries uncomfortable with a shot from the angle.

Mr Sousa clearly had a word at half time as the home side predictably came out of the blocks for the second half eager to make up for falling behind.  Pratley put an excellent cross into the box which somehow evaded both Wes and Wils, the onrushing Camp and the onrushing Beattie at the back post. Phew!  Shortly after Beattie was withdrawn for the dangerous Lee Trundle.

The Reds were making some ground at the other end though, the ball struck Tate in the box – with some Reds players claiming handball – however, the ball ended up falling to Majewski who scuffed his shot making the save for De Vries somewhat academic, unfortuantely!  Britton needed to be lively to prevent the Reds from threatening again after a good cross from Shorey too.

Wilson needed to be lively to prevent a Swansea break with an increasingly typical excellent tackle.  Billy started to make changes at this point with both strikers coming off – first McGoldrick for Tyson and then Adebola for Blackstock a few minutes later.  Trundle almost breached us with a typically cultured finish which fortunately wasn’t quite curling enough to get inside the post.

At the other end Anderson did well to chest down Shorey’s excellent ball – but the shot after was off-target from a tight angle.  In defence the loan man was on hand to calmly deal with another home side goal threat, calmly chesting the ball down and clearing it.  Trundle perhaps should have done better with an effort he put wide from fifteen yards!

The referee constantly warned Forest players after giving throw-ins and goalkicks about time-wasting – before any such thing had happened, and finally he rather zealously booked Camp supposedly for timewasting when as far as I can see he wasn’t doing anything differently to what he’d been doing all game.  Silly sod.

A cracking win, which puts us back up to third as I might just have mentioned before.  The unbeaten runs go on, and despite being a natural pessimist and finding reasons to expect us to succumb – it becomes more difficult to pick out the fixture that will consign us to that feeling we’ve not had for so long.  We’ll probably lose to Preston next weekend now I’ve said that!