Nottingham
Forest
  12th
Sept1998
Score
1 - 2
Venue:
Stamford Bridge

Attendance:
34,809

Referee:
Mr P.E Alcock

Goal 1:
Zola (25secs)

Goal 2:
Poyet (34 min)

Goal 3:
Darcheville (68min)



 
Chelsea
   
Beasant     deGoey Chelsea Player
Rogers   Petrescu Chelsea Player
Quashie     Babayaro Chelsea Player
Chettle     Leboeuf Chelsea Player
Stone     Dessailly Chelsea Player
Johnson   Poyet Chelsea Player
Armstrong   Casiraghi Chelsea Player
Thomas   Duberry Chelsea Player
Bonalair     Le Saux Chelsea Player
Darcheville   Newton Chelsea Player
Gray Zola Chelsea Player
Substitutes     Substitutes
Freedman   Lambourde Chelsea Player
Crossley   Laudrup Chelsea Player
Harewood   Hitchcock Chelsea Player
Lyttle   Flo Chelsea Player
Edwards     Morris Chelsea Player

© Nottingham Forest 1998

It was the worst possible start today for Forest. Just 25 seconds from the first kick Zola picked up a clearance from Rogers and sent a curling shot past Beasant, to take a very early lead. Minutes later Zola left Chettle for dead and forced a brilliant save from Beasant. Chelsea had virtually all the play in the first half and on 34 minutes Beasant saved a header from Casaraghi but was unable to get the ball behind. Poyet collected the ball and scored easily. One minute from half time Forest's only chance on goal came from Rogers who hit a shot from 25 yards to force a good save from the keeper. But Chelsea looked by far the more superior side in the first half. If it hadn't been for several saves from Dave Beasant it could have easily been 5-0 when the first half whistle went.

At the start of the second half Chelsea looked happy to sit on the 2 goal lead. On 55 minutes Thomas went off injured and Harewood joined Darcheville up front and this seemed to make a difference to the Forest side. On 68 minutes Darcheville picked up a through ball from Quashie. With pace and composure he took the ball past the keeper and left-footed the ball into the empty net. The goal gave a new lease of life to both the team and the large group of Forest supporters who had made the journey to Stamford Bridge. Steve Stone linked up well with Harewood, but the ball was cleared by the keeper. Darcheville also had a good shot saved. Forest started to look the better team for a while and with pressure from Forest, Chelsea started to look poor at the back.

Unfortunately, it was all too late and the game finished 2-1. Both halves were punctuated with a string of great saves from Beasant who, in spite of the scoreline, was undoubtedly Forest's man of the match.