|Forget the poor performance, it's points that count at this time of the
season. These must-win games keep coming and Forest are doing the
business to make this season more interesting as the weeks pass. This
was our only chance to take points from our rivals as our remaining
games are against mid and lowly ranked teams.
Colchester were one of the more impressive sides to come to The City
Ground this season. They came to win the game and can consider
themselves unlucky not to have earned a point for their efforts. They
were restricted to mainly long range efforts but missed a couple of
decent chances after we'd scored.
The 1st half was very forgettable with only a couple of Commons free
kicks from the right causing problems. On both occasions the defence
failed to cope with the height of Morgan, Breckin etc but we couldn't
force the ball on target. The impressive Danns went closest for
Colchester with a free 8 yard header than was straight at Pedersen.
Apart from that it was very scrappy with Forest unable to keep
possession well enough.
The next 45 minutes was marginally better and the introduction of Lester
improved things as he encourages the ball played on the floor. Both Holt
and Tyson played deeper in midfield to get involved and this didn't help
matters. With Commons struggling to get possession and missing Southall,
we struggled to get any rhythm going. Forest will have to play much
better at Tranmere to keep the run going.
The goal was one of the most fortunate you'll see this season. Tyson ran
down the left wing and crossed for Grant Holt in the area. The ball
bobbled around and the defenders attempted clearance hit Perch and flew
into the goal. No chance for the keeper and a great time and opponents
to enjoy this luck against.
Bennett missed our best other chance when he managed to head a Clingan
cross over the bar with it looking easier to score. In fact, the
in-swinging cross might even have been going in without an extra touch.
Colchester failed to hit the target with a couple of late efforts from
10 yards and we also survived an injury time free kick which hit the
wall. Having conceded 2 injury time goals at their place, we had to play
to the final whistle this time around.
Quick word about the appalling referee who managed to book 3 players for
kicking the ball away and generally lost control. Tyson shot towards
goal and was given offside and received yellow. However, Danns (who was
on a yellow card for a bad challenge) then did the same but the ref
bottled the obvious red card. Danns knew he was about to walk and even
had his head in his hands. Can't complain too much as we're rubbish
against 10 men though.
Very tricky to pick a MOTM this week as Forest never really got going.
I'd say that Gary Holt is probably the most deserving as he continues
his impressive run of form. His ability to break up attacks and get
Forest moving forward is proving to be a very useful asset to the side.
Pedersen also showed decent handling and shot stopping as Colchester
generally created the best chances. Must improve his distribution though
as he's reluctant to throw the ball out and his kicking can be woeful at
As in previous games, we really needed the width and presence of
Southall down the right hand side. Clingan doesn't provide the width we
need and should be allowed to play in the centre with Holt. The midfield
has been out of sorts for a few games now and his re-introduction should
freshen things up a bit.
One of the best atmospheres at a home game all season and the relief
from the goal was obvious. Was great to see the players watching the
full time scores on the score board along with the fans. 4 points over
Easter will be a very useful return and keep us in contention.