Camp saves Forest from paying a harsh penalty..

Camp makes all the headlines with an outstanding performance..

Nottingham Forest – 2
Reading – 1

Contrasting halves for the Reds today saw them play some of their best stuff this season in the opening half – only to meet a much more organised and hard-working Reading side in the second.  It comes to something when you come away from a win pondering what went wrong – but after hearing the post-match interviews that’s what Billy has the boys doing!

I was reasonably pleased with things leaving the ground – although it did take two exceptional saves from Lee Camp in open play, and of course a penalty save, in the second half to prevent Reading from breaching our goal earlier.  The eventual goal was soft – and foretold by the moves which had brought the earlier saves from the Reds ‘keeper – so I can understand why he was visibly frustrated to have missed out on a clean sheet.

Billy reshuffled the deck to a more familiar starting line-up compared to the cup diversion in midweek – with a 4-4-2 formation comprising:

Camp
Gunter   Morgan   Wilson   Shorey
Cohen   McKenna   Majewski   Anderson
Earnshaw    Blackstock

The Reds made their intentions clear from the start – Cohen flicked the ball through to send Earnie clear through on goal but the linesman flag eventually raised.  Intricate passing from the Reds saw Raddy find Gunter who put in a tantalising cross which the Reading back line were able to clear.  Shortly after there were claims for a handball which I wasn’t really best placed to see, but would have given the Reds a penalty.

And then came the goal – and it was another good’un.  The ball came in to Earnie around the half way line and he flicked it excellently to the onrushing Cohen, who found himself clear of the defence but with Royals defenders closing in behind him.  Anderson meanwhile had cleverly checked his run to stay onside and Cohen opted to find him rather than take on the shot – the winger made no mistake with a cool finish to give the Reds the lead.

The visitors did have some possession but the Reds looked incredibly comfortable in dealing with their impotent attacks.  As soon as the ball was reacquired from the wasteful Reading attack, the Reds countered quickly – one instance saw Raddy brought down cynically on the edge of the box.  The freekick was well-taken and looked perfect for Dex to head in at the near post – until Ingimarsson did well to clear for a corner.

Another near-miss for Dex – this time he did connect, but headed wide after excellent work from Anderson, chesting down the ball on the run, beating his man and whipping in a brilliant cross to the Forest striker.  The next assault on the Reading goal required a decent save from Federici – Cohen played a fantastic ball to the far side of the box where Earnie unleashed a powerful volley.  Sadly straight at the Reading ‘keeper.

The second goal came after some frankly amazing interplay between Earnie and Raddy, Raddy eventually slipping the striker free in the box – finally avoiding the flag-happy linesman and slotting the ball neatly into the goal to give the Reds a deserved two goal cushion.  Moments later it really should have been three – Cohen released Dex who opted to shoot wide when he could have set up Earnie with an open goal.

So, half time – and it had all looked all too easy.  Our visitors looked very much like a side jaded from midweek extra-time heroics at Anfield.  I cautiously predicted at the time we’d pick up where we’d left off, but it’s fair to say I was somewhat wide of the mark with misplaced confidence – perhaps that might also explain the Reds’ lacklustre start to the second half.

Reading took a while longer than the Reds to come out of the dressing room – and it as immediately apparent that they’d been drilled to stop Forest playing but working hard to close down much more quickly.  I doubted their resolve to keep this up for the whole of the half, but they did put in a hard-working shift in the second half – albeit with mostly limited end-product in the opening exchanges.

Thorvaldsson was starting to look a bit more ominous – and Lee Camp was called into his first meaningful action of the half.  The Reds were lethargic in getting out Reading’s left allowing the Royals to get a cross in to the Icelandic striker whose effort looked every inch a nailed on goal as Camp had rushed to close the angle and he’d cleverly headed it back across him – Camp somehow contorted his leg to make the save.

Moments later what seemed like a carbon-copy chance – a cross from Reading’s left found Thorvaldsson unmarked again – but once again Camp wasn’t in the mood to be breached as he pulled off an outstanding diving save to get a strong hand to the ball and get it to safety.  In a brief counter-attack Dex did well to hold up the ball and find Majewski whose shot was well-struck but straight at Federici.

Billy spoke of the penalty being outside the area – it looked just in to me, and Nicky Shorey was left with little option having been caught on the wrong side of Kebe.  I wasn’t surprised to see the red card the Reading fans were baying for (although they did give Shorey a nice round of applause before the game, it has to be said!).  Having just pulled off two cracking saves I did actually dare believe Camp might save it.

Save it he did – Brian Howard struck the penalty firmly, but not particularly near the corner leaving Camp to make a solid save diving to his right and getting two hands on the ball and almost – if not actually – putting it out for a throw-in.  The spontaneous applause that rippled around the home sections after the cheering died down was spine-tingling, and Camp lapped it up, geeing up the home support with great response.  Great to see!

Billy predictably shuffled the side – bringing on Perch for Earnie and pushing Gunter across to leftback with Perch filling in the right fullback vacancy.  Even with ten men, Forest started to look more comfortable as Reading clearly dropped their heads for a spell following Lee Camp’s “Mr Invincible” impression.  Chambers was introduced later with Perch moving into midfield to cover the departed Majewski and Chambers slotting in at rightback.

Minutes later the run-into-the-ground Dexter Blackstock was withdrawn to be replaced by Nathan Tyson.  The less-than-impressive Andy Griffin was pressured by Anderson moments later but Tyson’s shot from distance went wide.  Reading woke up again and started to pressure the Reds – Wes needed to be on hand to clear a freekick for a corner.

It wasn’t until stoppage time that Reading finally managed to score – although you wouldn’t know it from the complete lack of reaction from their players or fans!  Howard was given far too much time on the edge of the area to cross the ball in where he found Kebe who had far little challenge on him to prevent him breaching Lee Camp’s goal.  Camp was visibly dejected despite being announced as man of the match prior to this – some achievement given he only had anything to do in the second half!

Lee Camp was – and indeed, is – in exceptional form and deserves many of the plaudits coming his way (although if anyone chants ‘England’s number one’ without a tongue firmly lodged in cheek then I think that’s taking it a bit far.  Personally I thought that Cohen deserves special mention – dangerous and creative in the first half, he was invaluable with his workrate when we were down to ten and under pressure in the first half.

And post-match what struck me was that Anderson and Camp (didn’t get to hear Billy) were actually dissatisfied with the game – that’s brilliant.  This is a good result – but the Reds are looking for improvements, Camp’s comments about pride in their work and cutting out mistakes are absolute music to my ears.  To hear Anderson state in no uncertain terms that “It’s not a good reflection when the keeper gets man of the match” is absolutely great to hear.

I’m by no means unhappy with this afternoon’s work by the Reds – but the fact they are never satisfied and seeking to get even better is fantastic to hear.  It’s true that we should have notched more goals before half time – but since we didn’t, we really should have done better in the second half.  Three more points, and now it’s all eyes on West Brom and Newcastle on Monday!

Also massive congratulations to Non-league Nigel for masterminding a win over Peterborough – it was amusing to hear of the comments on Radio Nottingham during the game.  At 1-0 they said “I imagine they’ll be getting the open-top bus ready!”, at 2-0 they postulated that they would be issuing commemorative mugs to mark the achievement. (This all in reference to the Rams’ bizarre decision to release a DVD of Derby’s struggle to beat Millwall on DVD).  Keep up the good work fellas!

Newly managerless QPR are up next at The City Ground a week on Tuesday – ten games without football means we’ll have to make do with a week-and-a-bit of ceaseless transfer speculation.  With Shorey now suspended for the QPR game regardless, it does start to raise questions over Forest’s plans to deal with the left-back situation.  I’m sure the gossip and rumours will be spewing forth even as I type!

For those of you worrying about Chris Cohen lingering at full time to applaud the fans (given the recent transfer speculation) – fear not, he does that every week!  Two and two, in this case, makes four – and not £5m to Bolton!  Finally, those of you who use Facebook might like to become a fan of the blog.  I’ve been posting occasional things on there and you’re of course welcome to join in!  My final thought is that I’m really glad Matt Mills opted for Reading over Forest, as he wasn’t very good!

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47 Responses

  1. I would like to ask abt Raddy’s performance? I’m not sure on which position he played today, but know 1 thing. Radek is natural attacking midfielder, there is his place, just behind striker. Congratulations! Take care

    • Raddy made the second goal (along with Earnshaw) with some deft and fantastic vision.

      We love him! He had another good game! Particularly in the first half – like most of the Forest team he was less impactful in the second half.

  2. King Billy marches on …..1st half sublime !
    but 2nd half was heavily thwarted by Reading deciding to turn up at last . Billy was right- they are in false position and became better as the game went on – so we had to dig in after Shorey went . The crowd got it about right at one point when down to ten
    they sang “we only need Lee Camp! ” …they were spot on but it was still a relief when the game ended…
    anyway – lets stay positive as you say – front to back we look really strong – majewski is different class
    we must sign him now ! ….and do you know what – I think we are going up after this …..

  3. Raddy played excellently Polishf1 , and was indeed giving an attacking midfield role behind earnshaw and dexter . He made the second goal by a neat 1-2 with earny running diagonally across the edge of their area he then did a reverse pass with wonderful touch on it to cut out the reading defenders and for earny to side foot in with his left – raddy is some palyer and everyone ( not just at forest ) has spotted his talent . his goal against west brom was shortlisted on Sky for goal of the week – not sure if it won ….
    Forest really need to sign him so I hope he isnt missing poland too much and want to stay !

  4. Don’t you just love it when we win and the manager is still p1ssed off. Best not relax then boyz and simply push on for automatic promotion. Next up QPR and we must tonk Drabby at Prideless Park.

    uuuuuuuuuuuu redz

  5. “Don’t you just love it when we win and the manager is still p1ssed off.”

    Yesssss! Sorry, that should go without saying!!

  6. I think this game typified what Billy has done to us. We’re a complete team now – solid, battling, hard working and by god can we knock it around and play. Some of the passing and movement in the 1st half was just a joy to watch.

    Cohen was superb, added another million to his value today, and Majewski’s feet truly are magic – and not afraid to get stuck in either.

    I thought Earnie was poor though, far too elaborate and exceptionally wasteful.

    30 sodding second to go and we bloody let on in when I had a couple of quid on 2-0 with Ando to score first at 66/1. Still can’t bloody believe it, especially after Camp’s heroics.

  7. You’re right KentRed but after the last load of pretend managers we’ve had, it has to be said that BD is not even in the slightest going to settle for anything less than perfection…long live BD

  8. Oh nice to hear it. In my opinion Radek should be starting amc in polish national team. I don’t know why Leo Beenhaker(former) and Franz Smuda(current nat. couch) see Obraniak(french with polish passport) on this position. Missing understanding. We’re creating squad for Euro 2012 and we need Majewski. Don’t let him go back to Poland. Polonia Warsawa signed Jose Bakero(star of fc barcelona90’s) as couch. They also got extra money for transfers. . . Although I hope everthing gonna be ok and he will stay with U.

  9. Thanks NFFC for the re assurance about Chris Cohen regarding his applauding the crowd at the end as it would be a real shame if we were to lose him irrespective of the money we could get. Chris Cohen’s work rate is exceptional and I for one would be sad to see him leave. I think the team spirit in the whole squad is excellent and to lose anyone of them would be a real shame. I am starting to Believe!! Come on U Reds!!

  10. Found this cracking video someone with immaculate timing recorded this afternoon.

    Lee Camp heroics from the stands:

    • Pure Camp style. He really is loving it at Forest. Not just from this video but when I was in Nottingham & the games I went too as well. If he keeps up this form, Smith will just have to be patient. England’s No.1 – why not? He gets better all the time but we’ve been letting in 1 goal a game for the last 3 games now. 😦

      Davies I hope has a few reserve games planned from Tuesday onwards as we have a nice break before the Sheep game. A few of our players could do with match practice.

  11. Savage has launched a scathing attack after hearing a phone-in on BBC Radio Derby following Saturday’s 4-1 home mauling at the hands of Scunthorpe.

    Savage said: “The backroom staff are up to the job – no question in my mind and no question in the players’ minds.

    “I sit in that dressing room and they are up to the job, so is the manager.”

    The defeat means that Nigel Clough’s side are in 18th spot in the Championship table. They are five points above the relegation zone but have played more games than all the teams around them.

    In a heated interview, Savage admitted recent displays and performances have simply not been good enough.

    “All you can do is go out there and try your best and on Saturday and in the last three home games it hasn’t been good enough,” Savage added.

  12. From now on goal keeping manuals should show/refer to this. ‘nough said.

  13. Camp may not be Englands no1 but on current form the former England under 21 should certainly be considered for the South Africa squad, depending,of course on the form of the other current squad members.
    A draw on monday baggies game will suit me !!

  14. Ando’s comments about the keeper being MOTM are spot on. In fact his whole interview was.

    Radgie – gutted for you!

  15. Campy proves that old adage Cloughie you used to spout about Shilton being worth a goal start a game. Two fanastic saves & just as important the man’s a character who lifts the fans not only with his brilliance but also his gestures. I know NFFC a big fan of Smith but Campy is different class; indeed I can almost forgive him from having been a Ram…

  16. i take it shorey will be out for the derby game ?

  17. or is it just one game ?

  18. 1 or 3 match ban for Shorey & when?

  19. Should be a one game ban. Immaterial to the Derby game as his loan expires on 26th..

  20. http://www.nottinghamforest.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10308~1919671,00.html – End of January. Why is everyone thinking 26th?

  21. 99% sure it is 26th regardless of what the official site may imply.

    • The previous loan ended on the 28th December. If you take it from there & add 4 weeks (I’m assuming that) then that woud explain the 26th but let’s think about it logicly. Why would BD cut the loan short of end end of January when he knows it’s the Sheep on the 30th… He could easily have made a new loan deal which kicked in from the 30th or after & not an extension to the emegency deal.

  22. Emergency loan, so that Villa have a recall, I believe are limited to 28 days.

    • exactly, so the 1st one ended but this time wasn’t an emergency deal.

      • It was… because it was made outside the transfer window (just).

        We can extend it – but only for 93 days (total – so including his two previous loans) on an emergency basis.

  23. Hopefully he will get the loan extended for another month as Bale will not be available until after the Africa cup. If Villa do buy him,we have a chance with Shorey.

  24. What a change – now it feels like we’ve lost the game if we conceded a goal.
    Been a fan for decades and invariably Forest come out for tne 2nd half having lost the impetus they had in the first.
    Got to stop that………….
    But what a change 🙂
    Brilliant 🙂

  25. got lucky with 2 tickets for the sheep game, anybody coming down from Scotland who wants to car share ?

  26. bugger………

    BILLY Davies insists Nottingham Forest must not dwell on Aston Villa’s reluctance to sell Nicky Shorey and make the most of the time they have remaining with the full-back.
    The defender has played eight games for the Reds since joining on loan from the Premiership outfit.
    But after tomorrow’s clash with his former club Reading at the City Ground and the match with QPR on January 26, his loan expires.

  27. Highlights here:

    • Txs there. That was never a Red card and could definatly been outside the area when the offence started. A dive maybe but then both players fell so it couldn’t have been.

  28. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/8464392.stm

    another good performance. couldn’t help but find this funny. hopefully broke his nose, the arsehole.

  29. Redash drop nffc your e mail i live in edinburgh and would snap your arm off if you have a ticket and would car share.

    Ric

  30. Ric, sorry mate the two tickets are for the lad and me.
    was looking to see if anyone else was going to car share. realy sorry if you thought i had a spare ticket

  31. nffc – just logged on to read through yesterday’s match report and you’ve stunned me again – it is only a day later and there are already 39 comments – this must be a record and again confirms what a great site you are running!

    Really enjoyed the match and I felt confident throughout. Delighted that Camp was annoyed at the end about not keeping a clean sheet and did anyone else see him have a go at Gunter for allowing the Reading player a ‘free’ header.

    There is clearly real ambition amongst the players at the moment (hey, why the hell not ….?) and I’m sure I’ve noticed a slight change in BD’s words so that he is no longer saying that we shouldn’t get promoted, but that we have to be ready for every eventuality!! Sounds OK for me.

    It will be disappointing if that were Shorey’s last game – he only needs one more appearance to be eligible for a Championship Winners medal!!

  32. Another thought; £250k for Anderson has to be the transfer bargain of the season – well done Rafa!!

  33. BD clearly needs to sort out the left back situation as no.1 priority. Cohen / Lynch are options but if only we could find a young, quality left back that’s hungry for success and preferably not too expensive. Bale is in the Spurs team so he is not going anywhere.

    Aside from a left back, I’m doubtful that anyone else will be signed in Jan. Just look at the players that couldnt even get in the squad yesterday – Moussi, Garner, McLeary and Lynch. We have done really well with (lack of) injuries this year and theres no doubt that the competition must be a factor in our success.

    Expect to see Davies & Thornhill shipped out again (or even released?) and perhaps Garner out on loan?

  34. No worries ash i live in edinburgh but maybe another time eh give it big licks for me at the game.

    U reds

  35. Just for clarity, confirmation on the official site that had it not been for the suspension, QPR would have been Nicky Shorey’s last game for us under the current loan.

  36. For you living outside the U.K I have just installed free TVU player and can watch sky sports etc,bbc1,2 and 3 and the first thing I saw on BBC1 is Savage in the studio of late night football programme admitting Forest have a good young team and have a good chance of going up !.
    He´d better believe it ,especially after the 30 th!!!!!!!!

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