Fortune favours Forest who ascend to second..

Campy gets carried away with celebrations along with the fans at the end..

Nottingham Forest – 1
Swansea City – 0

Phew! Got a bit lucky there didn’t we? An evenly matched pair of sides met today in a game where chances were at a premium.  The Reds probably did edge it on chances created, although what looked like a foul on Pratley in the box perhaps should’ve given the visitors the opportunity to take the lead from the spot, and there were questions over Dex being offside just before the corner we eventually scored from – which might not have been a corner too!

Controversy abounds, but lady-luck was smiling on Forest for a change with these decisions and a valuable three points elevates us back to second place thanks to Neil Warnock’s QPR beating West Brom.  The Baggies of course still have a game in hand over us, but they’ll be feeling a bit of pressure to be winning it now – which can be no bad thing!   The good news is tempered by the not insignificant news that Paul McKenna’s injury looks to be quite serious.

Billy went with a reasonably predictable line-up – after it transpired that Wilson and Earnshaw were unavailable through injury, and of course having Boyd available to play, I think most of us might have predicted something like this:

Camp
Gunter    Morgan    Chambers    Cohen
Anderson    Moussi    McKenna    Boyd
Majewski
Blackstock

Upon getting into the ground the Forest groundstaff were part way through veritably drowning the pitch in water at both ends – although by the time the game was ready to start it had been absorbed so I guess it must’ve been rather dry and firm to say the least!  We swapped ends and there was an excellently well observed minutes applause in honour of the recently deceased Keith Alexander – the Reds players donning black armbands in his memory.

Around half the ground thought Boyd had just made the perfect start to his Reds career with a cross-cum-shot that it looked to us had been turned in by Swansea ‘keeper Dorus De Vries.  Those with a better vantage point would’ve seen it heading to the side-netting from the off, so it gave the Swansea fans an opportunity for an early chuckle at Forest fans’ expense – many of whom had half-started to celebrate a goal!

Indeed, it was an impressive start for the new lad – all eyes were on him and he was involved early doors, putting Dex through with a nice throughball with the striker chipping deftly over De Vries.  Unfortunately for us Dex was offside and the flag was already up – so fortunately no repeat of the celebrations of moments before for the travelling fans to goad us about this time!

With around ten minutes on the clock a wave from McKenna to the bench saw him quickly withdrawn for Lewis McGugan, a real blow for us to lose the captain – although myself and seemingly a few others reckon he is in need of a rest, an enforced one through injury is never a good thing.  Lewis certainly looked more interested than he did against Doncaster and knocked a nice ball over to Anderson who brought a decent save from De Vries.

The visitors had a solid spell from here.  Chambers didn’t listen to Camp’s shout when a ball was heading for the ‘keeper which ended up with a Swansea player eventually able to foced a corner – and it did start to look rather worrying for us.  A few corners which were mostly harmless (odd routine the Swansea players have, they all loiter in the D, and all make random runs before it’s taken, before heading back again – it didn’t really work!).  Camp had a routine save from a Kuqi effort from just inside the area.

Then it was the Reds turn to press, a Moussi shot was deflected and Boyd got on the end of it with a powerful drive which – whilst not exactly a million miles away from him – was very well saved by De Vries who’d been wrong-footed and needed to stick a leg out to keeper it out.  A Moussi ball into the box almost fell for Boyd and then Blackstock, but the best the Reds could get from it was a corner.

Probably the chance of the half followed this – McGugan played it out to Anderson on the right who beat his man with a delightful little lobbed ball, and put in a sublime cross to the back stick which found Cohen marauding forward – but completely spannered it into the Trent End when really he should have been hitting the target at the very least.  Which pretty much brings us to half time.

A game that was going to form really – both sides have quite stingy defences, and play some nice football – but perhaps don’t convert that to goals often enough.  I commented at the time to my seat-mates that I could see the game finishing without goals.  It just seemed to be one of those kinda days, and even when we did fashion chances I rate De Vries as one of the best goalkeepers in the league.

The Reds were on the front-foot first in the second half (that’s a mouthful!).  Gunter was doing well getting forward down the right, and he played a nice ball square into Majewski’s path but the Pole struck it over.  A decent enough strike.  Lewis too ended up in a muddle in the box after a great run where he just couldn’t get the ball under control and it ended up limply trickling back to De Vries.

At the other end Chambers – who was looking understandably rusty starting his first game in a while – made a bit of a cock-up keeping the ball in play only for Kuqi to be on hand to knock it across the goal where, fortunately, the Swansea man steaming in at the back stick couldn’t reach it.  In true end-to-end style a Cohen ball in to Boyd saw the loan man get a shot off, but it was straight at De Vries who made a comfortable save.

Then the controversy came – Pratley got into the area under the attentions of Chambers, who I thought had a handful of his shirt, and Cohen coming across looked to have caught his shooting leg.  The way the Forest-target hurled himself to the ground probably didn’t help him (and he’d dived earlier in the game too) and the referee waved away the protests from the Swansea players – lead by the ever-moaning Shefki Kuqi.

Forest tried to capitalise on their good fortune with Raddy getting away from Williams, but unable to get his chance past the excellent Tate.  This was the midfielders last involvement in the game, he was subbed to a healthy round of applause for David McGoldrick who slotted into the same position in ‘the hole’.  McCleary came on soon after for Anderson, who’d had a decent game but was starting to tire.

Just as the game seemed to be petering out into the 0-0 draw I was predicting at half time, we had another slice of fortune from the officials.  Firstly, Dexter Blackstock appeared to be offside in the run up to us being given a corner – and I need to see the replay, but I’m not sure it was a corner.  It was taken excellently by Lewis McGugan, De Vries came for it and missed it, and it fell perfectly for the unmarked Chambers on the back stick who stuck it away with his head.

The celebrations were fairly epic, it’s been a while since we snagged a last minute winner and there really is no better feeling.  Swansea will feel perhaps justifiably aggreived at the officiating – however, we’ve been on the end of what seems like more than our fair share of those kinds of decisions too, so maybe it’s a case of swings and roundabouts.  What matters is it’s a much needed three points, it’s a 10th consecutive home league win, it’s another assault on the automatic promotion places.

Fingers crossed that Paul McKenna – seen after the game in a knee brace and on crutches – isn’t as injured as first feared when the swelling goes down and the extent of the damage to his knee will be ascertainable by a scan.  He’ll be a big miss that’s for sure, and I imagine will be more than likely unavailable for next weekend’s trip to his old club Preston which must be bitter-sweet for the captain.

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36 Responses

  1. Can’t remember going that mad at a goal for ages! Well done lads – my pre match fears unfounded! Well done to Colin W too!

  2. You know what, last week against I thought that Forest were very unlucky to go home with a 3-0 against Leicester.

    I have lost count of the atrocities committed by referees in such vital games likes today’s…but, its strange to be the fortunate team this time isn’t it? All part of footballing Karma I suppose.

    To be fair to Forest though, they created enough to win this match, if it wasn’t for their goalkeeping in the first half, we would have been 2-0 up at half time.

  3. Good report again nffc you are a stalwart in the forest ranks well done fella.Phew that was close but a huge win and massive boost to the whole cause.

    The players will be lifted and the banks of the trent sang loud and clear today well done forest.

    U reds

  4. MASSIVE win for us today, this really could be the turning point as far as us cementing that 2nd place, just get the away form sorted boys!

    I fear the McKenna injury is serious too be honest, any ligament damage to the knee is pretty serious and he’ll be out for at least 3 / 4 weeks and thats just a tweak but we shall see, fingers crossed on that one.

    First impressions of Georgie Boyd were very good, given us a new dimension out on the left and was unfortunate not to be on the score sheet. He seemed to tire mid way through the 2nd half but once he starts to find his feet at the City Ground and blends in more with the team, i’m sure he’ll become an integral part of the starting X1.

    From where i sit in the Upper Trent, it certainly looked a stone wall penalty, and i was really expecting the ref to blow for that but as it’s been pointed out we’ve had some decisions go against us away from home so we probably deserved this one!

    I would now just like to say how impressed i was with Darren Pratley, i personally hope we re-ignite our interest in him during the summer as he seemed to be the Swans main threat, finding time and space at will. He could really be a force for us , i hope we sign him!

    A fantastic minutes appreciation shown for Keith Alexander by both sets of fans to day, well done.

    ahhh man, i’m buzzin

    Youuuuuuu Redsssssss

  5. That was a big win for sure. We were due a bit of luck in the penalty stakes (our stone waller against Donny for example!) so that will do nicely.

    Just waiting to watch it on The Sat night Football League show and make my own mind up whether it was or not.

    Wes was awesome today whilst Chambers was equally dreadful. Mind you I was disappointed with Cohen’s showing against Boro and he scored, so maybe a theme is appearing here!!!

    Boyd was OK but certainly needs to sharpen up in the weeks ahead and learn how Forest play quick ball to feet. Dex looked lost without Earnie.

    Macca will be a great loss if his injury is as bad we all suspect. The Mousse can do the job for us as long as he’s prepared to just sit in the hole. He was certainly better in the 2nd half after numerous walk abouts in the 1st.

    Good luck to Wednesday on Tuesday night, We could do with them really doing us a big favour.

  6. Hey NFFC, I haven’t posted for a while, but I’ve been reading. You’re the first point of call, and the only blog I read consistently, apart from Stress & Pie. Thanks for all your efforts. I can’t get to the games this year, so I rely on you and the BBC’s league show to keep in the picture

    Today is a significant day. Why? Because we cannot now mathematically finish bottom of the league. I know, I know, we are chasing promotion, but you see, take a look – at what stage last season could we not finish last? THAT is how well Billy has done this year – we are not even thinking about it, we are even thinking “Oh good, West Brom have lost, we may get the auto-promo slot”.

    I would have taken that in August, wouldn’t you?

    When we get the auto-promo slot (Which we will), I hope the board have enough sense to realise that we will lose most games next season, and keep hold of Billy so that he has the parachute payments to play with in 2011/12 season.

    Next season’s target is to get past the Rams 11 points – that is all…

  7. 10 ganes to go … how many points do we need for automaitc promotion?

  8. OMG, woke up this morning to see us 2nd! You bloody beauty!! Now, all we have to do is beat that buggers below us and we’ll be fine. How damaging were the recent 1-0 losses to Derby etc??

  9. i know he dosen’t like it but cohen is playing left back…. fact. hes much better than perchio and georgie boyd has given us the option.

    i have a bit of faith that we may go up automatically.

    you reeeeeeeds

  10. Great win for Forest this was. It had to be Chambers who up till then was having a shocker, to head the ball home!

    But Paul McKenna out for the rest of the season is a massive blow. It’s things like this that can decide whether we go up or not. We’ll defintely miss McKenna’s steadiness in the centre of the park and Moussi certainly looked very nervy during the game and this could have been easily solved by a few words from our captain, but it wasn’t to be.

    Onwards and upwards to Preston and Barnsley now. 2 crucial games that if WBA continue their blip, we could easily bridge a gap between 2nd and 3rd.

    But for this to happen, we desperately need some loans as I reckon Cohen will be important at centre-mid for the next few weeks and months.

    YOU REDS

  11. The major thing with Chambo is he’s ok as a defender but yesterday and most days his distribition is/was woeful. Thats in part because he was on the left side and he has no left foot.

    Prattley was MOTM.Ffor us I’d say Cohen just. Georgie has quite an impressive debut didn’t he?

    OK AP now the work begins and fast please……we now need a midfield player fast!!

    Oh and wasn’t it great that Kuqi didn’t score against us for once?

    Massive win good game and magnificent tribute to Big Keith!

  12. now watch Lewis McGugan fly

  13. Martin

    Is Lewis going on an early holiday then?

  14. Great result yesterday! If we can make just one or two more additions to the squad this week I’m sure we can make this second spot our own!

    Just looked at West Broms remaining fixtures and I fancy our run-in a lot more, they still have some tough games remaining and the only one I see being a tough challenge for us is Newcastle…

    Hope the captains injury isn’t as bad as feared but im afraid he’ll be out for the rest of the season. It’s integral that we find a composed hard hitter like him to step in if he is as we can’t afford to go all soft now. I like McGugan and he can be a match winner but I’m not sure if he could be consistent enough in McKenna’s role.

    Good luck to Sheff Weds on Tuesdy – hope they do us a big favour!

    You Reds!

  15. Hey great match report but, being a Jack I am gutted with the result due to the decisions made by the ref. A lot has been talked about on here about officials getting things wrong but I just had a look through some of Swansea’s results this season and due to the referee we have been done out of at least 12 points!

    Obvious ones being Serran getting red carded for nothing against Palace (it was immediately rescinded as it wasn’t even a yellow) which made it hard for us to play with 10 men for 90% of the game.

    At Plymouth the other week a penalty was taken twice as the buffoon of a ref said that De Vries was off his line when he wasn’t – he saved both pens but the second was scored off a rebound.

    Newcastle at home a classic example. Andy Carroll smashes his elbow into Angel Rangel and gets a yellow when it was a straight red. Moments later he scores the equalizer despite his team getting battered by a superb display by the Swans. To add insult to injury they handled the ball in the run up to the goal. Even the Toon fans were embarrassed about it!

    Reading away – 3 min of added time and Reading score in the 4th minute!

    It goes on and on not just Swansea but through the whole league. Since this respect campaign came in they have got worse and worse .

    Anyway, I think yesterday Forest dominated for long periods and Swansea had one or two spells so in all honesty i would have bitten your hand off if you had said 0-0 before the game. But to not get the penalty and then concede from a corner which should have been a goal kick (wasn’t the build up to the corner off-side?) does make my blood boil.
    Sousa was like a deranged oompa loompa after the game as he dragged the players towards the swans fans, thumping his chest and clapping like a lunatic!

    Oh well Watford tuesday and the Owls saturday. But please – remember theJjacks when you play Cardiff and send them away with nothing to go with their pending administration! 😉

    All the best and keep up the good work with this site – it’ s good reading, it’s a bit similar to a swans site you might want to check out called jack-u-like
    http://jackulike.wordpress.com/

    • Totally understand your position, I’d be seething if the boot were on the other foot!

    • Yeah, to be fair I think most Forest fans will gladly accept the points but be ready to admit that the ref did us some big favours Sat.

      Makes a damn change though after all the decisions we’ve had go against us in recent weeks, so here’s hoping for a bit more luck over the coming months!

  16. I posted this earlier on 606. This is the defining week of the season so to the Aquistion(or Not) Panel I say…..
    Gentlemen time for action!! No more faffing about,”we won’t pay over the odd’s?”, “it has to be in the best interests of the club”. I’m not suggestin we buy/laon tosh but we get someone in.

    IF the skipper has played his last game this season WE need a couple of players….NOW. This is the most important week of our season! SHOW THE FANS YOUR SERIOUS ABOUT PROMOTION!!!

    TIME FOR TALKING IS OVER…..ACTION PLEASE GENTLEMEN!!!!

  17. Having just watched the highlights i think we were very very lucky yesterday.Chambers had a mare really and twice we could have gone behind.But the goal should lift him its a funny old game.

    But football evens its way out but we need to be better next week away.

    U reds

  18. Just picking up the last two results. (away on holiday) it certainly has been an eventful week. Bad result against Leics, good signing and a good, if lucky win against another playoff side in the swans. Personally I’d of preferred the 3 points against Leics but its definitely better than 2 draws which we would of been happy with.

    I fear that we won’t get anyone else now. Listening to the interview with the posh owner he said he asked for a ludicrous loan fee in the hope that Forest would say no and got it.

    This is Moussi’s time to step up to the plate. He has to be that steady rock just in front of defense. Get the ball, pass it. He can do that I have no doubt he just needs to be told that that is his role form now on. Let Madge, McGougan, Boyd and Anderson work the magic from midfield.
    They are certainly the ones we have to look to make things happen. What’s wrong with Earnie? When’s he back? And how did Keith Alexander die?

  19. Got lucky yesterday, very lucky. To a man we underperformed. A couple of glimpses of talent but thats all they were, glimpses. Boyd looked good but difficult to tell when everyone else was playing so poorly.

    I found Billy’s decision to bring on Lewis for McKenna flabergasting. He clearly had a plan for yesterday’s game and rather than throw it completely out of the window after 7 minutes, why not bring on Perch and move Cohen back into midfield? Heck, play Perch in midfield. Seemed a very, very strange change of tack so early on.

    Definately a penalty but then again, we’ve seen at least half a dozen definate spot kicks not given this season. Just shows how utterly diabolical the standard of referreeing is and how completely absurd the decision to not even investigate the possibilities of video replays, hawkeye, etc.

    And what was Billy on about saying the crowd were magnificent? Eh?? We only bloody sang when we were winning!!

    Three points thouroughly undeserved but by god were they welcome!! Onwards and Upwards!! U REDS!

  20. Pretty much agree with all that radgie.
    Although, apart from his miss Cohen looked superb once again.
    Camp was strangely off his game, and made an already fragile defence (no offence Chambo) very nervous.
    Shame we were poor, because I thought Swansea were crap, and there for the taking. They had 2 good players, Tate and my mom, Pratley. And we helped Tate look good by effectively playing one up front. How often did Raddy and Dex combine?
    ‘Bout time we had a slice of luck, and I’m glad it was against our closest rivals on the day.

    Quick query tho, and I will be having a word with the Club ( not that it will do any good).
    Why do we mess about segregating Middlesborough and Watford after the match, and cordoning off the carpark etc, yet let Swansea, Sheep, Bindippers etc out at the same time and allowed to ‘mingle’ around the coaches?? Our safety officer has some very odd safety ideas!

  21. @Mattyboy -there’s no call for that on here mate with the ‘bindippers’ and ‘sheep’ jibes. Forest have their fair share of idiots too you know.
    I have some respect for Forest yet you display none for a rival team who really should at least come away from The City Ground with a draw.
    We were nowhere near our best given injuries to key players like Cotteril, Monk, Orlandi, Bessone and a below par Dyer.
    At The Liberty Forest didn’t play that well either so let’s leave it at that eh?

  22. bulletproofidea, to be fair I did say that we got lucky!
    We certainly weren’t at our best on saturday, but I still think we had enough to have taken the lead sooner. Cohen missed a sitter, and Boyd had a great shot which your keeper did brilliantly to save with his leg as he was going the other way.
    Maybe you guys had an off day, but messrs Pratley and Tate did the work of half your team. In my opinion!

    The safety issue…nffc is right about the sheep and bindippers.
    However, the police must have known that certain elements of Swansea support would stir trouble (I stress not all, just some) yet still allowed the away fans to leave through the car park just as Forest fans were exiting.
    To the little scrote who banged on the bonnet of my car when he saw my sons forest shirt I say well done you little pr**k.

    As for idiots, I know mate, I sit near a fair few!

  23. i agree with you mattyboy,good point about the away fans,hope they read this

  24. Come on you owls!! lets hope you do the business against the baggies tonight!

  25. ah right that’s what you mean by bindippers etc… sorry about that! 🙂

    I agree about Derby though – thuggish team who could have ended young Joe Allens career. OK Pintado was stupid to do what he did but did anyone see their keeper raise his hands at Gorka in the melee? he got off with it. They kicked us all game. As for Savage he is a disgrace, at the Liberty he went up to the East and West stands in the warm ups just to show his arse to both stands. You should have seen his little face when they went 1-0 down – priceless!

    The stewards at Derby were like animals, they were picking fights with people outside and pointing to their rams badges at people on the buses. A few complaints have been made to the club about it.

    I don’t like Leicester either -cocky arrogant bunch – great to finally beat them at home though.

    Oh well Watford tonight lets make the most of the game in hand!

  26. You made some decent points bulletproof.Derby are a bunch of thugs and nigels dad would have given him a good kick up the arse.

    Neither them or leciester have done diddly in the last 25 yrs and play in a thuggish manner.I think NLN has lost it.

    U reds

  27. Bulletproofidea for the nffcblog rival fan of the year award.

  28. I see the comedy keeps on coming from down the A52 🙂

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