11/03/2000 Portsmouth
Portsmouth 2 - 1 Forest

Sorry we don't have a match report for this game yet.Yet again basic errors let Forest down today in a game they could have won, but in all honesty didn't deserve to. Surely a professional footballer should know how to head a ball, when to kick it 50 yards down the field when matters dictate, and not to give away needless freekicks around their own box in the dying minutes.
Only Beasant can really look at himself in the mirror after this game and say that he gave his all - he was superb. Long before Forest took an undeserved lead, Lurch had single-handedly kept Forest alive with some quite magnificent saves, one in particular from a Claridge volley was quite simply world class!
Forest had survived an almost continuous barrage from Pompey for almost 80 minutes when Platt sent on Harewood, who immediately produced the goods. Just inside his own half he collected the ball and ran at the Pompey, and ran, and ran, and ran. Through at least 5 tackles before reaching the box and squaring the ball into the box to Johnson. This was the most intelligent bit of play seen from Marlon for a long while, but it looked as though his efforts had come to nothing when Johnno's first effort was stopped by the keeper, but the ball rebounded to Andy and his second effort was smashed into the back of the net. One up, 10 minutes to go and surely nothing could go wrong now, could it?
'Course it could. After 85 minutes Thorgeson rose unchallenged in tne box to head home the equaliser, and with Forest looking shell shocked there was only going to be one winner. Hearts sank when the fourth official showed 5 minutes of stoppage time, and with Portsmouth pouring forward Claridge fired home the winner from the edge of the box with virtually the last kick of the game.
This defeat, and todays other results have pulled Forest back into the relegation battle, just when it looked as though we were getting away, and with Tranmere, Huddersfield and Blackburn to come in the space of 7 days there is a big week ahead.
Star: Dave Beasant


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