01/04/2000 Crewe
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What was thought of by many, myself included, as a potential banana skin, turned out to be nothing more than a stroll in the park as the Reds dominated almost from start to finish and put away Crewe with consummate ease.
When the team selection was announced we all thought the Manager had dropped another clanger by playing four centre backs in defence, but apart from Vaughan being caught out for pace a couple of times by Rivers, his decision was justified by the performance. Credit where credit is due.
Forest were lucky not to concede a penalty in the 6th minute when Hjelde clearly wrestled Cramb to the ground, but from then on took control, although they had to wait until the 25th minute before converting possession into goals. Prutton started and finished the move, sending a ball out to Rogers. The pass initially looked a little long but Tank's pace enabled him to reach it at the by-line and pull it back across the area and there was Prutton, 6 yards out to side foot the ball home for his first senior goal.
In the second half Rogers turned from provider into finisher with a couple of great strikes. Harewood did well to cross the ball into John, who held it up well before laying it into the path of Rogers. One touch to bring it under control, and then a terrific strike across the goal and into the opposite corner.
Jack Lester came on for the tiring Stern John after 64 minutes, and a quarter of an hour later set up Rogers for the killer third goal. His pass found Tank just inside the box and another accurate finish saw the ball fizz into the back of the net. Game, set and Tony Hatch. It's Charlton next, and again, most people don't give us a chance, but what Swindon achieved, so can we. So lets get behind the Lads, and see if we can put Charltons promotion party on hold for another week at least.
Forest Man-of-the-Match: Alan Rogers


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No. Player Scored Cards
HJELDE  Substituted    
40  PRUTTON  Substituted 1  
11  HAREWOOD       
  JOHN  Substituted    
  ROGERS    2  
10  LESTER  Substitute (On for 10 )    
BRENNAN  Substitute (On for 4 )    
  WOAN  Substitute (On for 7 )    


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