Date:Saturday January 10 2009
New Nottingham Forest boss Billy Davies got the perfect start to his tenure, with a 2-0 win over fellow strugglers Charlton at The Valley today.
Davies started with the same side that had performed so heroically at Manchester City in the FA Cup last week, but it was a contrasting performance from the lads as they withstood a barrage of attacks from the home side, for almost the entire game.
From almost the first kick, the Addicks took control of the game and had two clear cut chances in the opening minutes. Smith pulled off an excellent save from 16 year old wonder kid Jonjo Shelvey, after he hit a great shot as the home side dominated the first half hour.
Charlton were playing like a side fighting for survival and would have felt hard done to on 33 minutes when Tyson got the opener. Thornhill sent in a decent cross that was met by Anderson. His pass found Tyson, who had an easy tap in from close range. Two minutes later it was Little Earn who popped up to get his 9th of the season and deliver a hammer blow to the home side, that they wouldn't recover from.
The second half was more of the same, with Charlton piling on the pressure in search of a break. Alas, for them, it wasn't to be. This was almost like a playback of many Forest games under Calderwood. Under his stewardship, we outplayed many teams, only to come away with nothing. The same could be said of Charlton today.
For the second week running, it was the strikers on the scoresheet and for the second week running, it was a a clean sheet for the keeper and his shaky defence. There's plenty for the manager to think about after this one and although it wasn't vintage, it gives him the perfect opportunity to assess his needs to ensure our survival. It wasn't pretty, but it was a win. I think we'll all take that, after the season we've had so far. Well done to Billy and well done to the lads.
Date:Saturday January 10 2009
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