Defensive Errors Cost Forest Again
September 17, 2008
Forest slip into the bottom three of the Championship table, following the 2-1 defeat at Preston. Once again. mistakes at the back have cost us dearly.
Calderwood said changes would be made ahead of the game at Deepdale, but on this showing it's signings we need and not just a reshuffle of the pack. Once again, the Reds' were undone by their own mistakes, as Preston made the most of a crazy second half 10 minute spell.
The only redeeming feature for Calderwood after this latest defeat, is the knowledge that Chris Cohen is equally adept at left back as he is in midfield. Chambers was the fall guy for this game, as CC tried to plug the gaping holes in defence.
Before Preston took the lead early in the second half, Forest were giving a good account of themselves, with the home side just about edging the first half in terms of chances created. It was a free flowing game, but as has become the norm this season, your heart was in your mouth every time the home side ventured in our half of the pitch.
On 50 minutes the Forest defence went AWOL, when Youl Mawene scored from the edge of the box with a header that left the back four stranded, as the ball went into the net totally unchallenged. Neil Mellor was next in line to make the most of the Reds' inability to defend. Martin lost the ball on the half way line, when Barry Nicholson went on his merry way down the flank. Not only was he free to send in a cross, but Mellor was left unmarked on the post to head in an effort to put them two up. Once again it was suicide defending by the lads and if Calderwood didn't know it before, he sure as hell knows now that our defence is not good enough for this division.
Fair play to the front men, they made a fist of it and we did get one back to give us hope. Our goal was an own goal and was the second goal of the night for Mawene. He headed into his own net following a Martin cross. We did seem to rally and threatened the Preston goal, but an equaliser was not on the cards.
Next up it's Charlton, who have had a decent start to the campaign. If we fail to improve at the back, then it won't matter what combination of strikers CC uses because they will never score more than we let in. Time for a couple of loan signings methinks and make them defenders.