22/04/2000 Sheffield United
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In conditions more suited to water polo than football, this game was a farce, especially during the first half. The ball just could not be played along the ground, continually stopping yards short of its intended target. The only action worthy of a mention during this comedy of errors was a penalty decision in favour of Forest, although to be honest Jack Lester would probably have won a silver medal at the Olympics for his dive, only beaten into second place by the United keepers own splendid effort in demonstrating his feelings to the entire crowd
After spending all of the half seeing the ball stop short, it came as a bit of a surprise when the Bartman decided to place his penalty in the bottom corner rather than get it off the floor and smash it straight down the middle, and perhaps justice was done as the kick was easily saved ( screw justice though, it was a crap kick ) and the half ended all square.
The rain stopped for the second half, but the quality didn't improve much until maybe 15 minutes from time. Stern John had replaced Harewood and he thought he had given Forest the lead when he picked the ball up just outside the box, turned and put the ball into the bottom corner. Not many of the crowd and none of the players had noticed the linesman who had his flag in the air, and the goal was disallowed as Lester was judged to be off-side and blocking the keepers view. It was little consolation for Forest when the referee viewed the replay after the game and admitted he had made a mistake. United also had a goal disallowed but this was far less contentious as there was a clear infringement.
So not a lot to get excited about really.
Forest Man-of-the-Match: Duncan Goodhew


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No. Player Scored Cards
  JOHNSON  Substituted    
40  PRUTTON       
11  HAREWOOD  Substituted    
10  LESTER       
  JOHN  Substitute (On for 9 )    
  GRAY  Substitute (On for 6 )    


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