Forest v Millwall - Match Report From Kid's Corner
Match report from Kid's Corner, Forest v Millwall, Saturday, 5th April 2014.
After getting their first point in 3 games and 1st goal in 4 games against Ipswich, Forest, looking for a first win in 10 games, were playing a Millwall squad staring into the face of relegation.
With the news of the new Forest boss, Stuart Pearce, who was appointed on Thursday, this should provide a positive boost to the fans and players. Another, was the welcome return to the squad of Kelvin Wilson and Henry Lansbury after injury. Alright then here we go.
From the off Forest looked weak and before you knew it Millwall started to take advantage of the mistakes and lack of effort from Forest.
After 19 minutes Malone's deflected effort found its way into the back of the net, 0-1 ,not again! You would have expected Forest to come back from that goal and try to put things right but they just weren't up for it!
Then again it wasn't just the players, starting with no strikers at home and then not noticing that Ben Osborn wasn't coping with the situation were just a few things Brazil got wrong.
Things got worse... former Forest player Lee Martin got too much time in the box and so he tucked it into the corner, 0-2 - in my opinion, game over! Kelvin Wilson came on for the injured Halford.
In the remaining minutes, Forest had their first attempt at goal via Majewski - terrible not having one single shot on target in the first half. 0-2 at Half time.
If Gary Brazil didn't change things at half time there were going to be a lot of angry fans. He'd decided to put Henry Lansbury on, the only question was, who was he going to take off? It could have been anyone of the midfielders, apart from Greening, after a diabolical first half performance. Bringing Lansbury on was not going to solve the fact that we had no real strikers on the pitch, but with Lansbury coming on for Majewski things had to change.
Forest came out of the dressing room and onto the pitch all fired up and ready. It didn`t take long for Lansbury to make an impact and soon enough Harding smashed the ball into the box and Paterson headed home, 1-2 game on!
Straight from the kick off you saw the urgency of the players, they were winning free kicks, making chances and keeping possession but they just couldn't get a goal. Ben Osborn seemed to get worse and worse as the match went on and when Henderson was made ready to come on you expected Osborn to be the one who made way, but it wasn't it was Greening?
From here Forest seemed to falter Lansbury kept on trying but there was no real attacking intent, with no more chances created and the Millwall keeper not making a single save. 1-2 Full time.
Shambolic! Maybe not so much in the second half but it was just not good enough all the way through. Gary Brazil must be blind, not putting another striker on until the 70th minute at home, wrong team selection and once again not noticing that 2 or 3 players were struggling is what has lost us the game - that and the complete lack of effort in the first half from the players - unforgiveable.
No play offs no nothing - season over!
Thanks for reading, Bash9.