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© Nottingham Forest 1998
The Forest fire
kicked off tonight in 5-man midfield formation that saw Glynn Hodges
making his debut for Forest (at the age of 35) on the left wing with
Johnson, Armstrong and Thomas in the middle.
the pressure from the start as expected with Beasant having to make
a save in the 11th minute.
their chances chiefly from Anelka and Overmars at the end of the first
half, but Forest were by no means outclassed.
Unfortunately Jon Olav Hjelde went off with a hamstring strain just before the end of the first half to be replaced by Des Lyttle, who played in midfield with Armstrong dropping back into the centre.
created at both ends immediately into the second half with Thomas at
one end and Anelka at the other, both putting balls wide.
Arsenal began to dominate but Forest were by no means finished. In the 76th minute, Geoff Thomas picked the ball up in the centre circle, played a great one two with Darcheville and scored a superb goal - was David Seaman doing his nails? Or has Geoff Thomas got a point to prove?
It could have
gone either way then but unfortunately it went against us. Overmars
scored in the 79th minute - enough said.
In summary -
not the disaster that so many had predicted for Forest.