Date:Sunday December 24 2006
The last ever game at Belle Vue was always going to be an emotional affair, as 8,900 fans crammed into the ground to see the home side take all three points with ease.
Many Forest fans had predicted a tough game and would have taken a draw before the game, but for those that made the short journey to South Yorkshire, it's the manner of the defeat that is so galling.
Spineless and gutless are words i have heard used to describe Forests' performance. Something akin to the Megson era, which is something none of us need to reflect on too much. It would seem that they just rolled over and died and let Rovers' take control of the game, from start to finish. We know Forest can do better, the Crewe game was only a few weeks ago, but that level of performance seems to have disappeared as quickly as it came.
The only goal of the game, came on 60 mins, from the on loan Sheep defender Theo Streete, who hit a freakish shot cum cross, that bounced off keeper Smith and into the net. Forest had one shot at goal in a lacklustre first half display. The second half was to be no better, although with ten minutes to go it did sound as if they were looking to reduce the deficit. Too little, too late from the people who witnessed it.
If you had said to any Forest fan in August that we would be top of the League, 2 points clear at Christmas, they would have bitten your arm off, so why are we not happy? There are many reasons, but a little more effort and commitment from those who put on the Red shirt would go along way to restoring the faith, until then we have to trust Calderwood to lift his side up for the next game.
And that next one for Colin and the lads is a home game against Port Vale on Boxing Day. This game has now taken on added significance as they look to halt a run in form that has seen them win only one of the last four League games. This is the first time we have suffered back to back defeats and have given our opponents a glimmer of hope in catching us. We were always going to hit some sort of blip, slump, wobble, whatever you want to call it, the test for Calderwood is how quickly he can stop it. Three points on Tuesday is a must.
Date:Sunday December 24 2006
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