4-3 on pens
© Nottingham Forest 1998
League Cup Round 3 - Nottingham Forest 3 v Cambridge Utd 3
Forest win 4-3 on penalties
It had been raining hard in Nottingham all day and didn't stop for the whole 2 and 3/4hrs of this event filled game. The conditions were atrocious, but as they say it was the same for both teams. The game was held up for 10 mins to allow the travelling Cambridge fans a chance to get in and they made their presence heard from the start. My notebook is full so I will give you the hard facts . Forest scored 2 in the first half from Freedman after 20 mins and Armstrong on 44mins. It was difficult in the conditions to tell the difference between the two sides with either Cambridge playing above themselves or Forest playing below themselves.
The second half had Harewood scoring on 46 mins. 3-0 up and pressing! I then counted 8 clear cut chances on goal for Forest to have wrapped the game up. Then with Cambridge playing a 5 man attack they scored through Butler and Benjamin. Bonalair was then judged to handle on the line and was sent off for a second bookable offence and Cambridge equalised through Wanless their captain. We then had another 2 chances to clinch the tie.
Extra time and it was now 9:50 and the Internet commentary was due to go off at 10:00pm(apologies to everyone around the world and UK listening, I really didn't think that this was going to happen!) By now the playing surface was making a mockery of the match, but remember it was the same for both teams. Gray and Darcheville were brought on for Harewood and Gemmill, Freedman already being substituted for Lyttle after the Bonalair sending off.A good chance from Bartman, and Darcheville being ordered to take his earrings out were the highlights. By this time we were playing with the lone striker and he was booked for diving in the penalty area! Another chance for the Bartman and we were into penalties at 10:20.
5 to be taken by both sides, who is gong to be our regular penalty taker now? Gray took the first and it was saved, Butler scored. Bart-Williams scored, Russell's effort was saved. Chettle scored, Wanless scored. Darcheville ballooned over Waddle style Mustoe scored. Stone scored and Duncan missed. Sudden death kicks. Armstrong put his away cleanly and then Benjamin's well hit shot was saved by Beasant. Celebrations but not a pretty game to watch, but with 13 goals, 9 bookings(7 to Forest) and a sending off, to the neutral it may have been a good match.
It wasn't a dirty game and Referee Styles may have allowed more leniency in the conditions. The thoughts of the night were also clouded by the return of PvH on Friday and what will happen, but lets look to see who we get in the next round of the Worthington Cup first and wait until Friday. I also hate it when there isn't time for a pint on the way home!