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Nottingham Forest 3 - Watford 2

City Ground

August 23, 2008. 3pm

Attendance: 20,005

Forest Win City Ground Thriller

Forest got their first win of the season this afternoon, in a fiercely contested game at the City Ground that resulted in a thrilling 3-2 victory over Watford.

You had to wonder where the goals were going to come from before the game with Little Earn playing up front on his own again, but today he was more than ably assisted by Lee Martin and Garath McCleary on the flanks to add support. With a back four that was missing Kelvin Wilson, we were also looking a bit stretched in defence. But Ian Breckin stepped up to the mark today and more than filled his boots, with a solid performance alongside Wes Morgan.

The pre match fears almost disappeared within the first minute when Moussi found himself clear, but his wayward shot went miles wide. The visitors were soon at us and could have taken the lead themselves, as they took control of the opening exchanges. Williamson set off the alarm bells with a decent shot that went narrowly wide and then Harley hit an overhead kick just over the bar from the edge of the box. Not even 10 minutes gone and it wasn't looking good.

Then some great play from the lads saw us take the lead with a wonder goal from Lee Martin. Moussi bulldozed his way through the middle and split the Hornets defence with a pass that sent Cohen on his way. He in turn put the ball out wide to Martin, who hit a bullet of a shot that curled it's way past Poom and into the net from fully 25 yards. It was now the Reds' turn to take control and we played some tidy football. The tackles were flying in from both sides and it wasn't a place for the feint hearted.

Watford got back into the game on 22 minutes, when former Mutton Molester Tommy Smith knocked in a Harley corner. It was end to end stuff, with no quarter being given by either side. There might have been a lack of quality at times, but it was more than made up for by the blood and thunder style of play from both teams.

Forest took the lead on 35 minutes, when a brilliant through ball from Moussi split the Watford defence again and sent Earnshaw free for a one on one with the keeper. Little Earn made no mistake as he sent his shot wide of Poom and into the net to put the Reds' 2-1 up at the break.

Tommy Smith got his second of the game and an equaliser for his side with a well taken goal just after the hour mark. Dowley sent over a cross that was hit by Smith on the volley, giving keeper Paul Smith no chance and ended up deservedly in the back of the net.

The Forest of old would have by now thrown in the towel at this stage and given up. But it seems this new look NFFC are made of sterner stuff. The fans got behind the lads and the arrival of Nathan Tyson raised the volume levels even louder. Tyson almost scored straight away, when his shot cum cross was deflected for a corner.

He was soon off the mark though, when Forest won a free kick just outside the box. Earnshaw hit a great shot that took a deflection. It looked to be heading for the net, when Poom pulled off a great save, but Tyson was on hand to tap in the rebound. 3-2 to the good guys and we even deserved it!

Fair play to Watford for not giving up. They laid siege on the Forest goal and were looking good for an equaliser. But the lads held on and that was mainly thanks to Breckin and Morgan that we did. For two players that I have heavily criticised in the past, they were like man mountains today and are deserving of high praise.

Just as you thought the Hornets would find that soul destroying goal, Forest once again took control of the game and in the last ten minutes played some great football and ended the game worthy winners. The sense of relief at the first win of the season was felt all around the ground at the final whistle and with the Sheep losing as well, it only adds to what has turned out to be a pretty good day. Well done to Calderwood and well done to the lads.

Star Player

Tough call today, but for me it was Guy Moussi.

The Journalist

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Date:Saturday August 23 2008

Time: 6:43PM

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Well done lads - Watford are no mugs in this division - do we still dear to dream???
Old Big 'Ed
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23/08/2008 20:41:00

Of course I meant DARE to dream!
Old Big 'Ed
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23/08/2008 20:42:00

Liverpool fan here - nice result against Watford, should spread some confidence amongst your players that you can hack it in arguably the most difficult division in England in terms of overall competition. Always love our matches with you and hoping you'll come up this year so we can have some more lol. OK I am here with an alterior motive - I was wondering if you've been using Anderson at all? Swansea fans keep saying they wished they'd got him for another year (at least the ones I've spoken to do) and we have high hopes for him at Anfield, what with our chronic lack of decent wingers. Has he played at all? If so how has he handled things?
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24/08/2008 06:02:00

We've yet to see Anderson in a Forest shirt due to injury. He's a cracker by all accounts though. We tried to buy him from you, but he's highly thought of at Anfield. Looking forward to seeing him.
God Almighty
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24/08/2008 06:19:00

Nice balanced write up guys. Fantastic end to end stuff yesterday and a proper advert for the Championship. Both defences need work but you are write Moussi was the quality act for Forest. Good luck
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24/08/2008 09:38:00

Looking forward to seeing the CCC highlights on Foxtel. Unfortunately they chose the Charlton game for their live game this week!!
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24/08/2008 14:24:00

Cool, thanks er...God lol. I don't want to build up unrealistic expectations of that lad - he might well be a flop for you we never know. However he should do well. Cheers for response anyway :)
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24/08/2008 14:59:00

Earnshaw's free kick didn't take a deflection, and it rebounded off the post - Poom didn't save it - before Tyson knocked it in. I was directly in line with the kick from my seat in the Bridgford end. After a storming performance from Moussi against Reading, I thought he misplaced a few too many passes to br MOTM. For me it was Perch, who played well throughout and who I thought supplied the through ball for Earnshaw's goal, I don't think it was Moussi.
Nanpantan red
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26/08/2008 20:33:00

I thought Perch & Cohen played really well. McCleary had an off day. Really Missed Wilson, Brecks did just enough, but his distribution is poor! Moussi was good but not at his very Best! Lee Martin & Earnshaw looked good - 2 great finishes & Earnies free kick came back off the inside of the post! Moussi delivered the through ball for Earnie (just watched it on Forest World)! All in all, so much more refreshing watching football in CCC than the L1 version!
Our Kids Dad
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27/08/2008 12:26:00


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