Forest Hit Cruise Control To Beat Palace
A bitingly cold afternoon began with a minutes silence for former goalkeeper Dale Roberts, who died so tragically during the week at the very young age of 24. Both teams donned the black armband, with the silence being respectfully observed by everyone in the ground.
After a sluggish start, Forest soon found their stride and were making in roads into the Eagles defence. The first real chance of the game, came from a Lewis McGugan shot from the tightest of angles, that forced Palace keeper Speroni to make the first of many good saves in the game and he was in the thick of it again soon after, when a Robert Earnshaw shot had to be parried away to safety.
The Reds` took the lead on the half hour mark, through a McGugan corner. His cross was met by Luke Chambers, who headed the ball home for his first goal of the season. It was all Forest, with the visitors not getting a look-in. Majewski was in fine form and delivered several defence splitting passes in the game for Earnie and Tudgay to feed off. With Moussi proving a commanding and combative figure in the middle of the park and Wes and Chambers solid at the back, it was a fairly entertaining game from a Forest perspective. The scores remained the same until after the break, but the Reds' were never troubled in a half they totally bossed. The half time chit chat was all about how well Earnie and the new guy Tudgay combined and that the pair looked as though a formidable partnership could be formed.
The second half got off to a great start for the home support, with debutant Tudgay bagging his first goal for us and a nicely taken goal it was too. Moussi pumped a ball deep into the Palace half, which landed in the path of Tudgay and the on rushing Speroni. Tudgay judged the bounce of the ball to perfection and lobbed the keeper with some aplomb. 2-0 up and no less than the home side deserved.
Whilst Robert Earnshaw isn`t exactly scoring for fun at the moment, he can count himself unfortunate not to have scored in this one. He was thwarted on no less than 3 occasions by an in form Speroni, who was the only Palace player to have caught the eye. On any other day he would have scored a hat trick, but at least he can take heart from a good performance and a good result for his team.
As the game drew to a close, there was time for substitute McCleary to get in on the action and also bag his first goal of the season. Tyson had a run at the Palace defence and pulled a neat ball back into the box that was well struck by McCleary through a crowded area and into the net to give the Reds` an impressive 3-0 win.
Although Palace looked and performed like a team languishing in the bottom 3, nothing should be taken away from a fine display by the lads. Forest dominated for the entire 90 minutes, which has been something of a criticism in the past. We now go into a busy festive period, with Boro on Boxing Day and the Mother of all Derbies on the 29th. Have a very merry Christmas folks and try to keep warm!