Steve Bloomer’s watchin’.. and weepin’..

Derby County – 0
Nottingham Forest – 1

Phew. That feels good doesn’t it?  As the blur of a hangover subsides gradually but fairly gently I must admit I’m still feeling pretty good, and struggling to unplaster the smile from my face.  A first win for the Reds in Derby since 1994, a first ever at Pride Park and a first double over the Rams in 21 years.

Bizarrely it was the first half where we had the better of it – Derby were much improved in the second half (particularly after Savage was withdrawn to a big tantrum), but the Reds contained them well and Earnie took his chance very well when it came after great work from Tyson and Anderson.

Billy opted for a pacey and flexible line-up, well aware of Derby’s lack of pace at the back – whereas his opposite number elected to include both pantomime villains Robbie Savage and Kris Commons despite both potentially on their way elsewhere.  Post-match Derby fans’ misery was compounded by Savage announcing he plans to see out his contract with the Rams.  Also in the Rams starting eleven was new signing Ben Davies.

So Forest looked something like this (although there was a lot of movement with Tys and Anderson switching around a great deal):

Gunter   Morgan   Chambers    Lynch
Anderson   Cohen    Moussi    McGugan    Tyson

It’s never fun going to Pride Park, opted for the bus today to avoid police escorts, so it was straight into the sterile arena nestled amongst a world of Starbucks and fast-food outlets (maybe that’s why Commons went there?), although I did quite enjoy the War of the Worlds mash-up during the build-up before the desperately cheesy ‘Steve Bloomer’s Watchin’ anthem kicks in to some passionless clapping-along by the home fans.

It was a rip-roaring start for Forest too, inside the first minute five red shirts were streaming forward against the Derby back four, but a heavy pass from Moussi to Tudgay saw the striker fail to control the ball which was launched directly at him rather than infront, so it eventually ran to safety.  The whole move was created by Moussi winning the ball fantastically in midfield though!

An early corner after Anderson had threatened down the left was hit deep towards Joel Lynch on the back stick – he’d got infront of Dean Leacock who proceeded to bring him down in the area, the referee didn’t give anything (indeed, it took some time to get any decision out of him!).  One of those that might have been a penalty but you’d be annoyed if it was given against you, I think.

After this Barker crudely hacked down Moussi giving us a freekick from long range, Lewis took it well driving it low to the back stick, but couldn’t get it close enough to the corner to evade the dive of Bywater who made a good save.  Shortly after this it almost broke for Tyson at the back stick but a last gap clearance prevented him connecting.

Probably the chance of the game fell to Derby though around the half-hour mark – Addison shoved Wes who lost balance, predictably the referee didn’t notice, but his second touch was heavy – and under pressure from Camp he steered it towards Porter whose shot towards the open goal was blocked by Chambers, the follow-up by Bueno prevented thanks to Joel Lynch.  A really lucky escape.

Robbie Savage picked up a deserved booking for hacking down Paul Anderson who was just too quick for him (let’s face it, Ian Breckin would be too quick for him!) in the D, Lewis took the kick and blazed over whereas it looked more suited to the left-footed Chris Cohen who was also stood over the ball.  It was something for the Derby fans to cheer at least!

The last opportunity of the half for us came when Tyson picked up the ball from a Moussi pass but his cross was overhit.  As the half ended it was comfortable for us – we’d had the best play, although Derby had undoubtedly had the best chance (thanks to the ref ignoring the push!) – whilst Derby put up more of a fight they didn’t look too threatening.

Whilst he gets limited mention, McGugan saw a LOT of the ball in the first half, Moussi in particular, but also Cohen were winning the midfield battle and Gunter deserves special attention for keeping Kris Commons so quiet.  Tyson really came into his own in the second half, Chambers and Lynch deserve kudos for their part in shutting out the best chance of the game.

We started the second half well too – and perhaps our best chance of the game fell to Lewis.  From my seat in the away end he looked much closer than the highlights show – he was actually about 12 yards out when the ball dropped nicely for him to smash in at the near post, instead electing to try to curl it around to the back stick, ultimately giving Bywater an easy save.

One of the highlights of the afternoon was Savage being withdrawn with around ten minutes gone of the second half, having a hissy fit on the pitch, a strop at Nigel Clough before throwing his boots on the floor in the dug-out.  Post-match Clough suggested that he believed one more altercation from the Rams captain would have lead to another booking and hence a red card.

The home side improved without their captain, replaced by Bailey (Savage had spent most of the game passing the ball to Moussi!), but the Moose was patrolling seemingly everywhere in the midfield to snuff out their opportunities before they developed, and when he wasn’t there Cohen was – and Anderson and Tyson were putting in some serious mileage in offering cover for their defenders when needed.

Billy introduced Robbie Earnshaw for the hard-working Tudgay with 25 minutes to go.  The outgoing former Derby striker got a bit of abuse from the home crowd, but that wasn’t anything compared to that reserved for Earnie!  Indeed, when booing our players (or singing about DJ Campbell, oddly!) was generally the only time the home fans were really all that audible.

Tys continued to torment the Derby defence – getting past Kris Commons and then Dean Moxey down the right, the latter hacking him down and earning himself a deserved booking for the privilege.  Derby continued to offer some threat going forward though, and when Porter headed it down for Davies it took a decent save (not ‘world class’ as suggested on the Football League Show, though!) from Camp to deny the debutant from scoring.

Billy now introduced Dele Adebola for McGugan who’d struggled to have the kind of influence he did in the first half, with a slight change to a more over 4-4-2 ish formation compared to the previous 4-5-1/4-3-3.  He immediately got himself busy being a nuisance to the hapless Leacock and Barker, and – as he seems to do – helped turn the tide in Forest’s favour simply by being there.

The Reds finally took the lead with ten minutes remaining – Tyson was once again given the freedom of the wing, crossing from fairly deep and to an area that didn’t look particularly dangerous.  It found Paul Anderson who cushioned a header down to an unmarked Robbie Earnshaw who swept the ball into the bottom corner past Bywater from the edge of the D.

Cue pandemonium in the stands – I think I ended up four or five rows infront of where I started and am still nursing a few bumps and bruises from the celebrating.  I wouldn’t change it though!  After the usual flip and team-huddle Earnshaw remained for a little too long conducting the raucous away fans and received a booking for it, which was probably justified to be fair!

Camp still had work to do – diving to save well from a Barker header and the ball eventually was cleared to safety.  Tyson continued to torment the Rams, taking it down the left and teeing up Earnshaw whose effort deflected for a corner.  A shit attempt at keeping it in the corner gave Derby possession back (WHY do we do this? It NEVER works!).

Commons was taken of with a couple of minutes left, giving the travelling Reds another opportunity to have a good laugh.  Certainly not a tantrum of Savage proportions – he looked, much like for most of the game, like someone who wasn’t bothered.  Although he did limp-wristedly throw his gloves away as he crossed the line towards the bench.

With five minutes of stoppage time held up it never really felt too tense – even though the referee actually played closer to seven.  Made more comfortable after a disgusting foul by Moxey on Earnshaw earned him his second yellow card and therefore Red.  I’m flabbergasted to since learn that Clough apparently complained at this decision!

Whilst Derby tried to pile forward eventually Tys was able to break out from deep in his own half and carry the ball right the way up the pitch, he was visibly knackered after his efforts!  Derby were desperately attacking without much gameplan when the referee finally elected to blow the whistle and put the home fans out of their misery, and send the away end into raptures.

Ultimately it’s just three points – but it’s more than that, it’s helping restore the balance of recent years, it’s a hoodoo broken and – if you’ll permit me to be childish for a while – it’s bragging rights assured for this season, it’s Robbie Savage’s big tantrum and Kris Commons’ lesser one, it’s Nigel Clough’s hapless face -it’s bloody brilliant.

I imagine Steve Bloomer is up there somewhere wishing that the bust they cast of him was created with his eyes closed.

As for us – I can’t decide who should be man of the match.  Nathan Tyson, Guy Moussi, Chris Gunter and Luke Chambers were all superb.  Ultimately it was a great team performance, which I think Moussi stood out most in – he absolutely ran midfield for us and facilitated much of what went on around him, but every player in a red shirt should hold their heads up high.

The Moose! The Moose! The Moose is on fire!

Finally, Nigel Clough’s post-match comments intrigue me – he is bemoaning our spending power and plucks a figure of £15m out of his arse in relation to our investment.  A person on the LTLF forum has kindly done the research for me – that Derby have actually paid more for their starting eleven than us!

It’s true our bench was probably a little pricier, but basically, stop talking out your arse Nigel.  You’ve had more to spend than you’d care to admit and it’s your choice in players, your tactics and your selections that are causing your demise.  Also, if you don’t think that foul by Dean Moxey was worthy of a second booking then you really are deluded.

19 Responses

  1. Great post match assessment as per NFFC.

    Isnt it GREAT – this feeling – priceless!!! I just love it.

    Ive lost any old boy sentiment for Non League Nigel now. Over, history!! F*ck him I say. I’m sick of his whining and his permanent miserable face. He’s now relagated to just some twat associated with Direby.

    Some great perfomances out there without doubt. I’d question whether Tys is now playing his best football at the club. If he could play a better final ball more often he’d be the business for me.

    But I concur, Lynch, The Moose and Chambo were all in contention not to mention Camp who we EXPECT to make those kinda class saves as a matter of routine now.

    But hey, lets call the whole team the MOTM.

    First win at Prideless Park, the season double over the Sheepsh*ggers, a Lily “hissy fit” to boot (pun intended!) and NL Nigel looking even more f*cking miserable!


  2. My man of the match was Campy. When I saw his expression throughout ,you knew he wasn’t going to concede a goal.
    Tys is working hard to get a new contract.I think he should have one.
    I expect our last home team to start on tuesday.
    Keep it going Forest !!!!

  3. great write up nffc, not being one to say i told you so, but as i commented on the previous blog re, team selection, tyson and ando’s pace caused them troube all day, but man of the match and birthday boy the moose was absolutely awesome, cant see mckenna getting another start in a forest shirt if moose continues in that form,,,as for savage he’ll not forget that football lesson dished out by the big man for s very long time, mardy c*** …

  4. I watched the whole game through p2p and couldn’t agree more with nffc and Egor about great performances from basically everyone all over the pitch. Nevertheless I have to stress that it is more than obvious now that Tys and Mousse (joyeux anniversaire, or happy birthday in english, big fella!) should be offered new contracts right away. I know that Tys has had problems, injury and others, but look how much he can contribute, yesterday he was really unstoppable. As for Guy, one or two more of these displays and we’ll have the big guys knocking on our door for him, let me tell you. The man just seemed to make perfect guesses to where every single Derby pass would go! A real master of the midfield. Gunter shut down that fat No 10 guy, Lynch surprised me with his composure, Chambo has made a habit of earning us points by saving on the line (apart from his scoring!), Lewis was a real threat in the first half, Anderson was devouring the miles etc etc. Last but not least, Earnshaw. Do you guys know that he is the ONLY player in history to have scored hat-tricks in ALL four League divisions, FA and League Cups, plus internationally for Wales? An achievement too hard to repeat for anyone in the future. Way to go Earnie! After all, he’s a red and he hates Derby!!!
    Great feeling, the lads made my night. But now I’m thinking Bristol City and promotion. Hope the team is too, to avoid any Barnsley-like sityations.
    U REDS!

  5. I forgot to mention Camp… Egor is right, maybe because he has made us expect this kind of saves. Lee Camp, No1, England’s England’s No1!
    Plus a word about our opponents. Don’t care a bit about Nos 8 and 10… Just gonna say that the Bueno guy is a good player but an absolute clown in trying to fool the ref, while their new ex-Pie signing (is it Ben Dives??? hahaha) is going to be a strong rival to No10 for the “Who Ate All the Pies” trophy. For the BC Trophy stays where it belongs.

    • The only mistake Campy made Vassilis was when he dropped the lid off the Brian Clough Cup at the end!

      Even I will forgive him that! LOL

  6. The picture of the moose says it all for me that meant a hell of a lot.The goal when it came gave me the most pleasure ive experienced in 15yrs from the reds FUCKIN AWESOME FOREST.

    Great report nffc you are spot on what a bunch of twats derby are.I lost respect for NLN a long time ago its even worse now.

    When billy walked over to the reds in the away end I felt this could be our season we have bottle in the side now and are in a brilliant position.

    They have to back him NOW if they dont it will be criminal hes a brilliant little manager we cant let this form slip.

    U reds

  7. Credit to the wee man for his selection of blistering pace and a great change in the team to finish off the Rams. Apart from the wonderful toll roads that I frequent, the French have given us the mighty Moooooooooose and he is getting better and better. Thanks for the report NFFC and congratulations to our boys…uuuuuuuuuureds!

  8. Moussi, Tyson, Lynch and Chambers all had great games. These are players that have either flitted in and out of games or made one or two bad mistakes in the past but it seems that they are playing their best football for the club now.

    I think Lynch has recognised his opportunity and like McGugan is starting to knuckle down and show us what he can do. If he keeps playing well will we need to worry about the left back position as much as we did last year?

    I think the team is much better than last year and the same players have really progressed and moved up a gear. I’m excited to see who, if anyone, we do get in in the next week. Do you not think a central defender is as much of a priority as a left back now? Given Wilson is probably off to Celtic and if we lose Morgan or Chambers through injury then that leaves us very exposed at the back.

  9. Living abroad, this is the first place I go to for an always excellent aftermatch review. I dont get to see as many games as I would like living away from home, but fortunately this one was televised (although after staying up late to watch the utter sh*te that was our performace at the bin raiders, I was a little apprehensive). But it was great performance by the lads. Moussi was immense, Camp was superb, what a finish by Earnie and even Lynch had a good game! Tyson’s performance when he switched to the wing though was fantastic. Time and time again he embarrassed his opposite man and performances like this justify his position on the wing, even if he doesnt like it! I just dont think he has that killer instinct to play up front.

    Anyway, great write-up and I looking forward to the stuffing we’re going to dish out to Calamity James and Co at the fortress City Ground.

    p.s. sorry for getting carried away, but I f*cking hate Derby!

  10. Another great day thanks to hard work by Billy and all the lads – back to front magnificent .Most pleasing was the composure shown throughout
    despite provocation by the dirty sheep unable to live with our movement .

    Lets now hope the Acquisitions committee have been equally industrious , and we are about to bring in two more faces ideally, to mount the challenge .
    Tyson also needs a new contract .

    I am still really sceptical about M’arthur , and whether he has learnt from last january . Now is the time to kick on

  11. If any of you, like me, work in Derby, look out for a Nissan Note travelling along the A 5-2 around 7.45am tomorrow morning. Inside will be a man with the biggest, cheesiest grin you’ll ever see. If you do see me, pip your horn so I’m aware that I need to head towards the train station and not drive straight through the “Derby in Gloom” flower bed at the end of the A 5-2. You Reds!

  12. Great report NFFC.

    Was watching via VIPStand here in Argentina – the noise from Forest was awesome, I was smiling big time. On the webchat the reds were going nuts!!

    I’ve no respect for NLN anymore – his team were a a disgrace and trying to justify the foul that led to the red, is he blind?

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  14. Has anyone heard this

    What the flock is Robbie Savage doing? The Derby fan is right. He’s concentrating on his media work from the second half.

    How desperate does it get when you’re arguing with your own supporters? What a tit.

    Where talking about a guy who has got an Armani logo tattoo. He has nothing to offer in the form of reasonable, intelligent conversation let alone informed football opinion. The fact that the BBC are giving this tit air time really annoys me. If it was ITV,Channel 5, Talk Sport or any commercial station it might be more tolerable but not on the station where the public contributes to whatever his overpaid wages are. The dick should just fuck off to the MLS and talk shit over there.

    • Is it very wrong that i find mr Savage quite entertaining when he does his media stuff- though in my defence I think i laugh at him rather than with him….

  15. great report
    Can I just say well done to the Forest lads that went to prideless on Saturday

    Fantastic support as usual.
    I’m surprised that derby couldn’t muster even a few chants. Very poor home support (they even had song sheets distributed…LOL)

  16. “Armani logo tattoo”

    What a gypo chav! LOL

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