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Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Forest 1:0 Barnsley

Better late than never .....

We’ve been here before, a fantastic performance at the weekend followed immediately by a ‘should-win’ home game on the Tuesday night. Watford showed us what happens to complacency earlier in the season, so it was up to King Billy to stop the same thing happening against an in-form Barnsley.

Mark Robins is clearly a decent manager (despite saving Fergie’s job in THAT 1990 FA Cup tie, the current Manchester United is partly his fault) and has turned a poor Barnsley side into a, well, slightly average team. They won’t be struggling against this season, but they won’t be bothering anyone at the top either.

The game was fairly equal in the first half, Ian Hulme clipping the bar from a free-kick before some of the crowd had even found their seat as Lee Camp stood & watched, while David McGoldrick first hit the bar from a yard, then the keeper from a similar distance with support available.

Goalless at half time about right.

Barnsley came out in the second half in a re-jigged 4-5-1, which meant it would take defensive errors from a usually calm Chris Cohen to create any chances, while Forest struggled to create anything meaningful at the other end.

The referee was having a bit of a ‘mare, booking Tyson for a challenge he had to make following his shirt being removed while letting play go on for far greater crimes.

As the time went by, it became clear that this could be one of those nights, no lack of effort certainly, but a lack of that cutting creativity that defines top sides.

Until the 93rd minute. A long ball into the box, chested down by a decent looking Dele Adebola and finished coolly by man-of-the-last-two-games Guy Moussi.

His first goal for the club, a winner in injury time to keep his team in the hunt for pro ….. (no mention of the “p” word here), a reward for the hard work put in midfield. A second yellow for over celebrating. “I had to do it” said the ref apologetically.

I also apologise to the referee, as a fan, I had to call him a w***er.


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