Saturday 24th
0 - 2
Villa Park


Mr Paul Durkin

Goal 1:
Draper 45 mins

Goal 2:
Barry 57 mins

Aston Villa
Crossley     Oakes
Louis-Jean     Wright
Rogers     Southgate
Hjelde Watson
Chettle     Taylor
Johnson Draper
Freedman   Merson
Lyttle     Joachim
Mattsson   Dublin
Harewood   Stone
Stensaas   Calderwood
Substitutes     Substitutes
Shipperley Ehiogu
Beasant   Barry
Woan     Vassell
Bart-Williams Delaney
van Hooijdonk   Enckelman

© Nottingham Forest 1999

With a 5 - 3 - 2 formation and van Hooijdonk on the bench you could have been forgiven for thinking that Forest were not going all out to win today.

 But Villa must have thought you only had to show up to beat Forest, and looked very poor for most of the first half.

Forest's best chance of the half came on 20mins. when a shot from Andy Johnson cleared the cross bar.

The referee went off injured on 25mins - and that was as exciting as it got until injury time.

Mark Draper's back-header went past Crossley and into the bottom right hand corner and once again Forest went in losing at half time.

Both sides came out for the second half looking much more positive and lively. But, unfortunately it didn't last.

Bart-Williams came on for Johnson. As he was one of the few Forest players who was having a good game we can only assume he had picked up an injury.

Villa's second goal came on 57 mins. It was set up by Steve Stone, beating Hjelde and Stensaas, for their 18-year old sub, Barry, to put the ball over the line.

 Forest seemed to go steadily downhill from there. They were unable to even cope with the basics with even simple 5 yard passes going astray.

van Hooijdonk came on for Stensaas on 70 mins but was unable to make an impact on a side who looked nothing more than embarrassing.

 It was a depressing afternoon for the few Forest fans who made the trip to Villa.

With Forest now definitely relegated the end of the season cannot come soon enough.