Vital Football

Latest Nottingham Forest News

Forest Share The Spoils With Royals

Nottingham Forest
0 - 0

City Ground

August 10. 3pm

Attendance: 21,571


Nottingham Forest announced their return to the Championship in fine style today, as they were held to a 0-0 draw at home to one of the promotion favourites, Reading.

Any pre match fears about the former Prem boys tearing us apart were quickly dispelled, as the Reds' took on Coppell's all stars and gave them a good run for their money. Although Calderwood may feel a win was deserved, he'll be more than happy with a point against one of the divisions more fancied teams.

Forest started brightly and took control of the game from the start. The first half saw few clear cut chances for either side, but it was the Reds' that were asking the questions and looking the more likely to score. Earnshaw, playing the role of loan striker was busy, without posing too much of a threat. Man mountain Guy Moussi, was instrumental in everything Forest did. He broke down any threat from the Royals and started every Forest attack. The Frenchman looks like the find of the decade from a Reds' point of view and makes the game look so simple. He tackles and he passes and he always finds his man. If this fella still plays for us at Christmas, I'll be dancing round the City Ground naked in celebration.

Moussi came closest to breaking the deadlock just before the break. Winning a tackle in the middle of the park, he quickly played a one - two and let off a shot from 25 yards, but it was blocked by Sonko and the rebound was sent high and wide by Earnshaw.

Play was halted just before the break, for what looked like a nasty injury to Marek Matejovsky. It was bad enough to end his time on the pitch and his replacement was Kalifa Cisse.

As the whistle blew at half time, the talk was all about how much we had improved on last season and the fact that we looked more than a match for the visitors. Seeing football played on the deck by our own lads was a pleasing sight and a welcome one after the dross we had to witness last term. Although Reading were being outplayed at times, the quality in their side was more than evident and you knew they could be more of a threat than what they had been in the opening 45 mins.

The second half started as the first one ended, with the Reds' pushing and pressing, but unable to break down a strong Reading defence. Moussi once again had a long range effort stopped, this time by keeper Hahnemann who had to look lively by diving to save the ball from sliding into the net. The visitors were being pushed back and Forest were dictating the play, but there were worrying moments when Reading managed to attack and hit us on the break. It was pleasing to see the likes of Morgan and Wilson looking solid and working together to keep Doyle and Lita at bay. Although there were a few heart stopping incidents, Morgan stood up to his role and more than looked capable of holding his own against one of the best strike forces outside the Prem. It was also pleasing to see Chambers and Bennett making surging and probing runs down the flanks and getting balls into the box.

As the game was drawing to a close, the fear was that Reading might nick it and they nearly did with just 10 mins left. Doyle forced Smith into a brilliant reaction save, when he headed a Hunt cross goalwards. It was heading for the back of the net, until Smith somehow managed to get a hand to the ball and push it onto the bar. Bennett picked up the loose ball and made the all important clearance, that ended the visitors best chance of the game.

0-0 was the outcome, but the score line belies a more than credible Forest display. To a man they played well and some even excelled. If the rest of our season is to be measured on this performance, we won't have much to complain or worry about. It's very early days, but the omens are good. It could be a good year, it could even be a very good year.

Star Player

Guy Moussi: What a player...what a debut...all hail The Moose!

Date:Sunday August 10 2008
Time: 5:16PM

Best of Vital Network


It has been sometime since I have been as impressed by a Forest debut performance such as that of Mon Moussi - he was solid in the tackle, and had a deft touch for a big fella. A real find. At times our football was top drawer - not one bad performance today - what a difference a year makes! Don't worry Ernie - your goals will come on another day, you showed enough commitment today to ensure that. Well done Forest
Old Big 'Ed
10/08/2008 20:54:00
Not a bad result - Reading will definitely be one of the favourites to win the league so a draw is pretty creditable.
12/08/2008 17:22:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Site Journalists

Kev Finnegan
no email
Our Kids Dad
Editor email
Those Feet
no email
no email
no email
no email
no email

Current Poll (see more polls)

Reading v Nottingham Forest
Suggested By:
Forest win11%
Reading win84%

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Newcastle 14 10 1 3 31 19
2 Brighton 14 8 4 2 28 9
3 Huddersfield 14 9 1 4 28 4
4 Norwich 14 8 3 3 27 7
5 Sheff Wed 14 7 3 4 24 1
6 Bristol City 14 7 2 5 23 6
7 Birmingham 14 6 5 3 23 3
8 Reading 14 6 4 4 22 -3
9 Preston 14 6 2 6 20 1
10 Leeds Utd 14 6 2 6 20 -1
11 Brentford 14 5 4 5 19 5
12 Barnsley 14 6 1 7 19 3
13 Q.P.R. 14 5 4 5 19 -3
14 Fulham 14 4 6 4 18 -2
15 Burton 14 4 5 5 17 0
16 Aston Villa 14 3 8 3 17 0
17 Ipswich 14 4 5 5 17 -2
18 Wolves 14 4 4 6 16 -1
19 Forest 14 4 3 7 15 -3
20 Cardiff 14 4 3 7 15 -9
21 Derby County 14 3 5 6 14 -4
22 Blackburn 14 3 3 8 12 -8
23 Wigan 14 2 5 7 11 -3
24 Rotherham 14 1 3 10 6 -19
The Vital Football Members League
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Vital Football Comment

Recent Nottingham Forest Results (view all)

Nottingham Forest Fixtures (view all)

Oct 29 2016 3:00PM : Reading (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Nov 5 2016 3:00PM : Queens Park Rangers (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Nov 19 2016 5:30PM : Ipswich Town (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Nov 25 2016 7:45PM : Barnsley (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Dec 2 2016 7:45PM : Newcastle United (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Dec 11 2016 12:00PM : Derby County (a)
Sky Bet Championship

Vital Members League Table

1.Jimmy Gordon493
4.Calvin Plummer270
6.da fuq217
7.the jock181
Write for Vital Football