18/12/1999 Crewe
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Didn't watch the match from my usual vantage point in Pinnacle Place today as the Webmasters were the guests of today's Matchball Sponsors Tolputt Keeton ( for all your printing requirements ), so thanks once again to Paul Keeton for the gesture, and to Kenny Burns who sat with us and kept up an expert running commentary on the game. Anyway, onto the match. Crewe came to the City Ground on a bit of a roll, having taken ten points from the last twelve, but they were completely out classed by a Forest side who again showed improvement.
Although the Reds were on top for the majority of the game, it had begun to look as though a goal was going to elude them again, especially after yet another effort by John had found the woodwork. He turned superbly on Grays cross ( who was giving another polished performance ) and clipped his shot wide of Kearton. It looked a goal all the way but somehow managed to strike the post, the rebound also just evading the onrushing Freedman.
However, Forest did get the all important breakthrough after 75 minutes. Jim Brennan launched the ball into the box and John was onto it in a flash. Instant control, a clinical strike and the ball was buried in the bottom corner with Kearton not even making an effort to get near it.
Forest had only recently made a double substitution, Harewood ( for Freedman ) and Johnson ( for the very poor Quashie ) and this had certainly added more zing to the performance. Perhaps the time has come for Marlon to be given another chance at the expense of Freedman. Although Dougie is our top scorer, he still fails to turn in a good overall performance. Marlon has certainly looked good in his spells during the last two games and today he should also have got on the score sheet. After 80 minutes he got himself on the end of yet another fine ball from Gray but saw Kearton just manage to get a touch to his effort and divert it onto a post, and 3 minutes from time he latched onto a through ball from Bart-Williams but lashed his shot just the wrong side of the upright.
So only one goal to show from a dominating performance but the result and the manner in which it was achieved is far more important than the number of goals scored - as long as we score more than the opposition then that's all that matters!
Forest Man-of-the-Match: Andy Gray


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No. Player Scored Cards
14  DOIG       
  QUASHIE  Substituted    
40  PRUTTON       
  FREEDMAN  Substituted    
  JOHNSON  Substitute (On for 6 )    
11  HAREWOOD  Substitute (On for 10 )    


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