14/08/2004 Crewe Alexandra
2 - 2

Well, Joe's unbeaten run continues and this 2 - 2 draw makes it 11, though the bad news is that the first three of this season have all been draws, and this one required them to come from behind twice.

The heat seemed to have an effect on both sets of players and the the first half seemed slow. There is no doubt Forest yet again dominated the game, so it was something of a surprise when Crewe took the lead.

The goal came about in the 20th minute and against the run of play. A low cross seemed to fool everyone before Mark Rivers managed to jab it into the net.

Forest got the much-deserved equaliser on 38 minutes when Gareth Taylor fired in a lovely, low shot from the edge of the area.

But Forest's joy was short lived and four minutes later Crewe were back in front again thanks to Rivers' second goal of the afternoon.

It was another messy goal that had the Forest players complaining to the referee, first because there had been a blatant handball on the edge of the area and secondly because Rivers looked to be a mile offside when he scored.

The second half still saw Forest dominating the game but failing to make their domination pay until the 70th minute when Marlon King, on as a sub for Eoin Jess, sent a powerful looping header over the 'keeper and into the net.

This was definitely a two points lost and Crewe will definitely have been the happier of the teams as they headed back home after the game.
Forest Man-of-the-Match:


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No. Player Scored Cards
22  GERRARD       
16  DOIG  Substituted    
29  HJELDE       
15  IMPEY       
10  TAYLOR    1  
14  JESS  Substituted    
MORGAN  Substitute (On for 16 )    
11  KING  Substitute (On for 14 ) 1  


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