Forest 2-0 Scunthorpe: Vital Forest Match Report
Nottingham Forest managed to pick up their second deserved win and second clean sheet inside 4 days, after beating Scunthorpe Utd 2-0 at the City Ground last night.
Billy Davies made 2 changes to the side that beat Plymouth on Sunday, replacing the not quite fit yet Wilson with Chambers and the hard working, but getting on a bit Adebola for Anderson. Tyson played alongside Blackstock up front and also on the wing and just about everywhere else inbetween.
The game started in positive fashion for the Reds', as we set about the Scunny defence from the start. The first real chance fell to Joe Garner, but he failed to get enough power into a header from a great Gunter cross. Next up it was the turn of Blackstock to head wide, after meeting a good cross from Tyson. Just as you thought it was one way traffic, Scunny hit us on the break. Togwell and Hayes combined well, but a poor shot from Hayes saw his effort go wide. Paul Anderson was unlucky not to give the Reds' the lead midway through the half, when he sent another good cross, this time from young Raddy just wide of the post.
The impressive Joe Murphy in the visitors goal was lucky not to have been sent off just before the break. Firstly for hanballing outside the area and then for petulance and arguing with the ref. Although he threw the ball away in protest at the booking, he evaded further punishment.
Forest fans had good reason to be positive at the break. It might have looked all too familiar in terms of chances wasted, but Scunny hadn't come to win and we did look like we would get the breakthrough eventually. It was a shame that the visitors didn't play as much football as they clearly seem capable of, because it would have been a much better spectacle if they had. They obviously came for a point and pulled every trick out of the bag, in an effort to waste time.
Davies made one change at the interval, with McGoldrick replacing Garner. This gave us a much better look and shape and improved the style of play greatly. The misplaced passes were being cut out and the side appeared to grow in confidence. That's not a criticism of Joe Garner, more that McGoldrick offered something different. McGoldrick provided a much better link between midfield and attack and a much better outlet for the wingers to get the ball.
Scunny keeper Joe Murphy managed to pull off a wonder save after the restart. Chris Gunter hit a powerful shot from a tight angle that was heading straight for the roof of the net. But somehow Murphy pulled off a great reaction save to tip the ball over the bar and out for a Forest corner. Murphy then incensed the home crowd, for apparently feigning injury following what looked like a harmless collision with Tyson. What seemed like an age passed before play resumed, but moments later Murphy was infact replaced.
The stalemate was finally broken, when Chambers rose well to head in a Cohen cross into the top of the net. You could sense the relief around the ground and it awoke the less than animated crowd. Tyson should have doubled the lead when he ran onto yet another defence splitting pass from Raddy. His shot though, went harmlessly wide of the goal. The young Pole was replaced soon after by Moussi and he got a deserved ovation from the crowd. He looks a real find does the youngster. I think we should sign him now. Thankfully a deal is in place to keep him here permanently. Let's hope they do.
Forest then got a second goal, courtesy of a Blackstock header. Anderson was running with the ball and managed to break free of his chasers. It looked like he could go all the way on his own, when he suddenly and inexplicably took the ball wide. Just as it looked like he'd messed up, he sent a delightful ball into the box, which Dex got to first. 2-0 and there was no way back for Scunthorpe.
An improved second half performance gave us the deserved win and it takes us up to the dizzy heights of 14th. That's the best position we've held for longer than we care to remember and it goes along way to show the improvements that have been made. It's still early days and there's still improvements to be made. It's far too early to get excited, but the good times are slowly coming back.