Reds Are Top Of Tree Again
13 January 2007, 3pm
This was a massive game for Forest this afternoon for several reasons. To banish a run of results that saw them take only 1 win from their previous 5 League games and to at least stay in touch with the leaders Scunthorpe and Oldham.
Yeovil were a tidy outfit who knocked the ball about well, but without any end product. Forest carried on with the 4-4-2 formation that served them so well in the FA Cup game against Charlton, but lacked the fluency they displayed against the Premiership strugglers.
Yeovil got off to the best start and dominated proceedings, but could not make their possession count and failed to make any real efforts on goal. When Forest did start to play, they looked the more dangerous. Grant Holt had a header skim off his head and go just wide and a James Perch free kick from 25 yards, went inches over the bar. All in all a pretty dull first half.
Three mins into the second half Forest took the lead. Julian Bennett put in a high cross from a free kick on the left that was seemingly heading for the safe hands of former Notts keeper Mildenhall, but as he jumped to collect, he spilled the ball. It landed at the feet of Grant Holt just outside the box, where he rifled the ball into the net. 1-0 and just about worth it. The closest Yeovil came was two long range efforts from Ishmael Welsh, one of which forced a good save from Smith who had to dive low to keep the Reds' in front.
Although this was not the most entertaining of games, the result was all that mattered. Thanks to a score draw at Scunthorpe, the Reds are now back on top of League 1 and have hopefully put an end to the recent poor run. The cheer that came up as the Scunthorpe result came in was as big as when Holt scored and a sense of relief could be felt all around the City Ground.
Forest: Smith, Thompson (McGugan 79), Morgan, Breckin, Bennett, Curtis, Gary Holt, Perch, Tyson (Dobie 85), Grant Holt, Agogo (Lester 70).
Subs Not Used: Gamble, Hughes.
Goals: Grant Holt 48.
Yeovil: Mildenhall, Lindegaard, Skiverton, Forbes, Tonkin, Barry (Maher 87), Kalala, Davies, Best, Stewart (Gray 84), Morris (Welsh 72).
Subs Not Used: Behcet, Guyett.
Ref: A D'Urso (Essex).