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Missed Chances Cost Forest Again

Nottingham Forest played some decent football and dominated for long periods of play, but once again the inability to convert chances into goals cost them at least a share of the points, in this game against a resurgent Portsmouth.

Billy Davies stuck with the same side that fought so impressively in the 2-0 win over Ipswich the previous week and in fairness to the lads, it sounded as though they put in a more deserving performance than the 2-1 scoreline suggests. After falling behind to a Ibrahima Sonko header in the 17th minute, the Reds' took the game to their hosts and pulled a goal back through a rather tasty Paul Anderson diving header on 27 minutes. Forest ended the half on top and may have felt unlucky not to have been ahead at the break.

The 2nd half saw Pompey dominate the early stages and they were rewarded when our former academy player Liam Lawrence put them in front with a shot from inside the box, that he smashed passed a helpless Camp in the Forest goal. Forest became a little more adventurous after going behind and gave the home side a few scares. Davies threw caution to the wind and sent on Earnshaw and the battering ram, Dele Adebola. Earnshaw came close to restoring parity in the latter stages, but his effort hit the heel of a defender and Forest were left licking their wounds and left with nothing, only to suffer their 3rd defeat of the season.

Looking on the positive side of things, we're still only 3 points off the Playoff places and we are playing reasonably well. There's not much wrong that a couple of fresh faces wouldn't sort out. But that's where the problems start, because they are no nearer arriving, than they were this time last year. If we can only convert a few more of the clear cut chances that are coming our way, then we can fulfill the potential we have in the side. The result is a disappointment, but once again credit must be given too another fine turnout from the fans. 2,300 Trickies made the long trip South for this game and got little reward for their efforts. Fair play to those that made the trip, as usual you deserved more.

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Writer: guinless Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday October 31 2010

Time: 5:36PM

Your Comments

Wasn't at the game, so I'd be interested to know whether chambers at right back was the right call. Bertrand looks to me to be at the level of Gunter (ie a cut above the rest). Another year of "what might have been" beckons, as we're a much lesser draw to the real hot prospects than in the summer. It is frustrating to see the Cardiff side we outperformed last season now, on much lesser resources, having strengthened so well (Koumas, Bellamy, but also Olofinjala, Naylor, Keogh, Riggott), holding onto key players (Chopra, Bothroyd, Whittingham) and really flying. A great example of what off-field skills can bring to a club. Hopefully, with Billy having been promised more of a free hand, we can start to play catch up. We may have missed out on being the early movers for the squad, but you never know we MIGHT just squeak into 6th. I live in hope.
Husky Red
Come on guinless, got little reward for their effort? It was a smashing game and your side scrapped and scrapped right up until the last second. My heart was in my mouth - I could barely watch! Little reward? You should have been a Pompey supporter in the prem in the last two years! (Not on Avrams watch tho). In all honesty, I thought we would have finished with a draw, especially when I saw that huge Adebola come on! You have got a really spirited team, as are all the teams in the Championship. Very pleased to be here and long may it continue! PUP (but not too much).
Gandor1
Fact is we lost Gandor. However well we played, we still came away with nil points. More than happy to have made a fist of it and to have given you something to worry about, but I'd have been happier with a point and even happier with a win.
guinless
You got a lot of help from the ref, Pompey looked to have had a nailed on penalty disallowed, you were playing wrestling as much as football I was really surprised I had you down as a footballing side, winding up players is a tactic I accept but maybe it's not the nicest thing to watch and did rather ruin the game. On our part we have to accept we aren't in the , things are more physical in the Champs and not get disrupted as we did.
russellm
Yes Russell, I was surprised to see all that shirt pulling, but I remember some really dirty games in the prem. Much nastier than what we saw on Saturday. Also, credit where it is due, there were times when NF bossed the game playing good football. I suspect if the game had gone on for much longer, we would have drawn. We were playing far too deep towards the end.
Gandor1
 

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