Forest Cut Down
• Lambert 8' • Lambert 24' • Lambert 82'
Nottingham Forest 2
• Derbyshire 7 • Majewski 42
Saturday, 10th September 2011
Do you know how irritating the phrase "a good game for the neutrals" is? On a scale of 1 to 10 it rates an 11 from me. Well, if ever there was a match that met that description, then this was it.
For all normal people it was a nerve wracking game of two suspect defences against two decent set of forwards. The real difference between the two teams was Sir Rickie Lambert. He was quite simply immense. He is so much more than a goal scorer, even though he scored three in this match. His hold up play and work ethic are just amazing, considering that there were people who doubted his ability at this level.
There were some surprises with team selection, with poor Dan Seaborne beginning the long road back from his head injury, it was certain that Fonte would have a new partner. Except it wasn't Martin, instead Adkins chose to go with Hooiveld. More of a surprise were the two full backs. At right back was Cork and at left back was Fox. So we had three changes out of four in defence. That was going to be interesting and so it proved. Within seven minutes Forest had the lead. A well worked left wing cross met on the run by Derbyshire. The Forest fans were ecstatic.
Saints showed determination in forcing a goalmouth scramble which ended with Lambert tucking away the loose ball. The Forest lead had lasted about a minute.
It was like watching two heavyweight boxers exchanging punches. The next blow was landed by Saints with more excellent approach work from Connolly, a cross into the box and bang, Rickie neatly heads the ball home. 2-1.
Saints were playing some lovely football, but in patches. Forest were also playing some good stuff and it was them that got the next goal just before the break. Another well worked passage of play which made our defence look static and Majewski rifled his shot beyond Davis.
So 2-2 at the break and everything to play for as they say.
Saints started brightly and it was not long before Camp had to tip a shot from Lallana around the post and Reid cleared another shot off the line. There were other chances at both ends, including an amazing fingertip save by Davis from a free kick.
What actually tipped the balance was not the next goal, but the substitutions. Adkins substitutions made Saints better, McClaren's made Forest worse. That was the tipping point.
When Rickie Lambert scored his third goal in the 82nd minute that was the end for Forest, there was no way back and the Saints fans delighted in informing MacLaren that he was going to get sacked in the morning.
Another win and still second in the Championship. Who said Saints are slow starters? We are shipping too many goals, but at least we are still winning. The question is, can we keep it going?!
Oh yes, McClaren, that was never a penalty. Derbyshire dived. Get over it, you sad person you.
Referee : Williamson
Attendance : 24,784
08 Cork Booked
10 Guly (Chaplow - 68' )
22 Connolly Booked (De Ridder - 80' )
33 De Ridder
16 Gunter Booked
14 Greening (McGugan - 88' )
19 Moussi Booked (Lynch - 77' Booked )
08 Derbyshire Booked
09 Miller (McGoldrick - 65' )