Vital Football

Latest Nottingham Forest News

That's Why We're Going Down

Nottingham Forest
0 - 1
Sheffield United

City Ground

9/12/08

Attendance: 19,541

Referee:

Forest put in an yet another inept and lacklustre performance last night at the City Ground, against a Sheffield United side, that on this performance are suffering from delusions of grandeur.

The first ten minutes of this dour affair saw the Reds' struggle to even get a touch on the ball, as the Blunts passed it around at will, without so much of a challenge from our midfield. It was unsurprising when the visitors had the first of few chances for either side on the night, when James Beattie forced a decent save from Camp, with a powerful header. Garner had a header go narrowly wide, but it was a rare attempt on goal from the home side.

The deadlock was broken on the half hour mark, through a scrappy goal that the Forest defence once again failed to deal with. Forest went into panic with a ball into the box causing mayhem in the Reds' defence. Wilson's half hearted clearance fell nicely at the feet of Howard who hit his unchallenged shot into the net to give the Blunts the lead.

Forest should have equalised soon after, when Cohen put Earnshaw clean through on goal for a one on one with the keeper Paddy Kenny. With acres of time and space, Earnie scewed his shot high and wide of the goal not even forcing the keeper to make a save.

Next up it was Tyson to miss a glaring opportunity, with what looked an action replay of the Earnshaw miss. Once again a defence splitting ball was put through for the striker, only for him to do the same as Earnie, when faced with the imposing figure of Kenny in front of him.

1-0 at the break and the visitors hadn't even broken sweat. Neither had Forest, which has to be a concern given our predicament. You hoped that the half time team talk would inspire an upturn in the workrate and effort from the lads. But, as has so often has been the case in recent years, they really couldn't be arsed. The second half started in exactly the same way as the first, with neither Forest or the Blunts making any attempt to up the tempo on a freezing cold night.

The passing from the Reds' was woeful at best. James Perch was the worst offender with pass after pass falling short, wide or plain miles away from it's intended target. United were playing without cofidence and Forest were playing like a team who were scared stiff of the ball. With the exception of Wes Morgan they failed to stand up to their own responsibilities last night. The midfield that was sadly lacking the inventiveness of McGugan, were getting outfought in every department and were absent for most of the game.

Two strange substitutions was CC's solution to our troubles and unsurprisingly, they didn't work. Thornhill for Moloney and Davies for Earnshaw had the home fans bafled once again. Perch moved to right back and Tyson moved to the centre. We were never going to score if we played for a further two hours.

Fortunately elsewhere, results went our way. We have Blackpool on Saturday, in another home game, but you have to fear the worse. Both Calderwood and the players look to have run out of ideas. I've just run out of patience and can't see us getting anywhere until Calderwood has gone. Apologies for the doom and gloom, but they don't inspire anything else.


Win FREE pizza with Vital Football!
Select your team and get 50% off if they score twice.
www.papajohns.co.uk/football

Writer:guinless
Date:Wednesday December 10 2008
Time: 7:25AM

Comments

0
Earnshaw's shot was on target - not a great strike, but it was saved. It then fell to Anderson who blazed over. Tyson's miss was a shocker.
goddammit
10/12/2008 07:36:00
0
you appear to be playing good football just not getting the results. welcome to the championship.. or maybe not?
rousselrussell
10/12/2008 09:54:00
0
I'm not going sober again.
Johnny Kipper
10/12/2008 10:43:00
0
maybe you players should try that ...??
lincolnblue
10/12/2008 12:19:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Site Journalists

Kev Finnegan
no email
Profile
Our Kids Dad
Editor email
Profile
Those Feet
no email
Profile
WillT
no email
Profile
Galaxy42
no email
Profile
Mark2310
no email
Profile
bazforest
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Wolves MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
de Vries11%
Lichaj0%
Mills0%
Fox41%
Jokic16%
Gardner16%
Tesche0%
Osborn0%
Lansbury0%
Cohen8%
Blackstock0%
Sub - Burke8%
Sub - Assombalonga0%

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Burnley 45 25 15 5 90 34
2 Middlesbrough 45 26 10 9 88 32
3 Brighton 45 24 16 5 88 30
4 Hull City 45 23 11 11 80 30
5 Derby County 45 21 15 9 78 24
6 Sheff Wed 45 19 17 9 74 22
7 Cardiff 45 17 16 12 67 5
8 Ipswich 45 17 15 13 66 1
9 Birmingham 45 16 14 15 62 4
10 Brentford 45 18 8 19 62 1
11 Preston 45 15 16 14 61 0
12 Leeds Utd 45 14 16 15 58 -8
13 Q.P.R. 45 13 18 14 57 -1
14 Wolves 45 13 16 16 55 -6
15 Blackburn 45 12 16 17 52 -2
16 Reading 45 13 13 19 52 -5
17 Forest 45 12 16 17 52 -5
18 Bristol City 45 13 13 19 52 -16
19 Huddersfield 45 13 12 20 51 -7
20 Rotherham 45 13 10 22 49 -14
21 Fulham 45 11 15 19 48 -14
R Charlton 45 9 13 23 40 -37
R MK Dons 45 9 12 24 39 -29
R Bolton 45 5 15 25 30 -39
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Nottingham Forest Results (view all)

Nottingham Forest Fixtures (view all)

May 7 2016 12:30PM : Milton Keynes Dons (a)
Sky Bet Championship

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.Pope John XXIII60
2.Ingy56
3.PVH53
4.Apollyon50
5.the jock46
6.orbitalforest44
7.ThePromisedLand42
8.forestfaninvegas30
9.AdebolaCornflakes29
10.FeNris24