Forest Railroad Crewe
November 24, 2007
The 2-0 scoreline does little to suggest that Forest controlled this game from start to finish today and were more than comfortable and deserving winners. Only two goals on the scoresheet, but the woodwork was hit five times and it was only the thickness of a coat of paint that saved Crewe from a hammering.
Calderwood made only one change from the lineup that drew against the Imps in the FA Cup, bringing in Davies for Agogo. A disappointing crowd of over 16,000 turned up to see what was possibly the best Forest performance of the season at a freezing City Ground.
The Reds should have gone ahead as early as the 9th minute, after a brilliant through ball from Cohen split the Crewe defence and landed right in the path of the on running Tyson. His pace saw off two chasing defenders and his blistering shot rattled the bar. Next up it was the turn of young Lewis to hit the woodwork. Some tricky interplay from the Reds saw McGoogles effort have Williams well beaten as his shot hit the post. Chambers was well positioned to pick up the rebound, but he sent the ball wide.
Chris Cohen, who was covering every blade of grass and also making good for the shortfall in KC's game, was denied a cracking goal when he saw his cheeky lob from the centre circle go inches over the bar. As well as having chances a plenty, Forest were playing some beautiful stuff at times. Clingan, Cohen and McGugan were bossing the midfield and Tyson and Davies were terrorising the Crewe defence every time they went on the attack. Once again the woodwork was to come to the rescue of the Railwaymen. Davies hit a thunderbolt that was brilliantly saved by keeper Williams as he pushed the ball onto the bar.
Against the run of play, Crewe looked to have taken the lead as Cox headed in, but it was mercifully disallowed for offside. Just as it was looking like it would be 0-0 at the break, up popped Davies with a belter. Commons finally got a pass to a Red shirt and found Davies. The Welshman hit a superb shot from 25 yards out that hugged the grass and found the bottom left corner of the net to send the City Ground crowd ballistic.
The second half started at pace again and it was Crewe who thought they had equalised when Church hit the net, but again it was offside. Crewe man of the match Williams tipped a McGugan effort onto the bar and their defence for once did well to clear the rebound. Chambers hit the bar yet again and Tyson had his rebounded effort cleared off the line. This was rousing stuff from Forest and even KC was beginning to get in on the act. To a man Forest were playing the ball around at will and could hardly put a foot wrong. For a game still standing at 1-0, it was entertainment of the highest order, something that has been sadly lacking in recent times.
The second and decisive goal came from a free kick on the edge of the box. Surprisingly Commons walked away and left it to Sammy Clingan. Sam became the man when his shot curved round the wall and for once saw the keeper beaten. Williams who was at full stretch could do nothing to stop the Clingan bullet from ending up in the back of the net. That, believe it or not was the first goal of his Forest career and what a goal it was. 2-0 to the Reds and it was all over.
Crewe will have few complaints with the defeat, infact if they're honest they will say they got off lightly. Forest were rampant today and if it were not for some great work by Ben Williams in the opposition goal, it could have been far worse for the visitors. As it was 2-0 was the final score. It puts the Reds in second place. It will do much for the confidence of the players in winning with such style, but it may also restore the faith of supporters who've had to witness some sorry displays these past few years. Well done to Forest and well done to Calderwood.
Forest: Smith, Chambers, Wilson, Breckin, Bennett, Davies (Holt 75), Clingan, McGugan (Morgan 84), Cohen, Tyson, Commons.
Subs Not Used: Roberts, Lennon, Agogo.
Goals: Davies 45, Clingan 52.
Crewe: Williams, Gray (Bennett 80), Woodards, McCready, Jones, Lowe (Baseya 76), Cox (O'Connor 74), Roberts, Rix, Moore, Church.
Subs Not Used: Maynard, Matthew Bailey.
Ref: Michael Oliver (Northumberland).