Nottingham Forest – 1
Birmingham City – 3
We can make this match report quite easy, I’m short on time on my lunch-break, and have no wish to re-live the details of the match.
Before the game there was a bit of a gathering outside the ticket office, there were also a lot of people milling around as usual – so difficult to get numbers. Chants were audible, and mixed in target (Mark Arthur, the board, Doughty etc). The stall opposite the souvenir shop was selling Celtic scarves, and appeared to still have plenty left in stock with kick-off fast approaching.
Chambers Morgan Lynch Hill
Majewski Moussi McGugan
Derbyshire Tudgay Miller
Another strange selection – Chambers to right back, Hill at left back, Lynch as a centre-half. Greening on the bench. Chambers aside, it looked almost promising. Forest were doing alright, not brilliantly, but alright. We’d got a fortunate goal that Miller looked to be claiming but was blatantly an own goal. We continued to control the game without excelling, we looked pretty comfortable.
Then McClaren made the changes. Majewski – probably the better of the players on the pitch – taken off, Greening on. Some boos from the home fans (more from the away end, owing to his West Brom associations). Things go a bit pear-shaped. Three preventable goals conceded. A banner is unfurled in the Clough Upper stand – I never agree with that during a game, but why wait ’til we’re losing if you have the courage of your convictions?
Having said that, watching the banner move along the stand to evade the stewards was probably the most amusing thing about the afternoon at the City Ground.
The protest of 100-300 (depending whose description you read) fans before and after the game is a red herring for me, clearly the decision of McClaren to go was made already, and I don’t think a man like Nigel Doughty would have made a snap decision to ‘fall on his brolly’ like that either. The fact a number of people were prepared to protest visibly and audibly is perhaps a useful wake up call to the club – red herring or not.
Interestingly the supposedly most popular ‘target’ of Forest fans demanding change – Mark Arthur – now finds himself in total charge, with a chairman who has resigned the responsibility of finding a manager now falls solely upon him. I’m sure I’ll have more to say when the dust settles a little (and when I’m not stuck at work with limited time to post), but for now this song by New Model Army resonates strongly with me (I posted a snippet on Facebook/Twitter earlier).
Take away our history Take away our heroes Take away our values And leave us here with nothing We were in the garden of Eden Just as children mess around We only leant against the tree And the apple came tumbling down You gave us what we asked for But never what we wanted We were only children How could you have been so stupid We went up to the steel walls That guard the sacred town We only whispered to ourselves And the walls came tumbling down We didn't want a victory We just wanted to fight But you wouldn't fight You just gave in You went and spoiled every game You broke an everlasting chain And nobody respects you for your weakness Take away our idols Take away our faith Take away our hatred And put us in this vacuum Then say be yourself, please yourself Express yourself some more It's your right to do what you like Because we can't really be bothered with you at all We didn't want a victory We just wanted to fight But you wouldn't fight You said it isn't nice to fight You went and spoiled every game You broke an everlasting chain And nobody respects you for your weakness
Where do we go from here? Who knows, but for some fans they’ve been granted what they asked for – let’s see if they like what we’re all going to get.
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