Saturday 3rd April
Leeds Utd 3 v 1 Nottingham Forest
Rogers 52 mins
So that's it, only wins in the last 7 games can save us now, and that would be the miracle of all time. Forest started off by far the better side and in fact they could have been 4-1 up at half time. Harewood had a chance from a Bonalair cross on 4 mins. Stensaas had a great shot come pass from a Johnson cross but Harewood couldn't get to it on 10 mins In the first 40 mins they were playing their best football of the season creating chance after chance. Then on the 43rd minute Hasselbank broke through, 3 Forest defenders backed off of him, and he put in into the top right hand corner out of Crossley's reach Immediately afterwards Harewood had a great chance to equalise, after good work from Freeman, with just Martyn to beat, he completely missed the opportunity. Leeds had been poor in the first half, not looking like a team who had won the last 6 games. Forest came out for the second half looking like a team who believed in themselves. On 52 mins Crossley booted the ball up the field for Harewood who flicked the ball on to Freeman who back healed the ball onto Rogers who put the ball into the back of the net from 12 yds making him the 3rd top Scorer with 3 goals!! Crossley pulled off a world class save after a mix up with Richard Gough let Hopkin in to fire in a shot from point blank range. On 60 mins Leeds had a free kick 20 yds out and predictably Hart put a screamer into the top corner. Freeman was then substituted for Shipperley, although Harewood was having a nightmare of a game. Crossley got his left hand to shot from Kewell before Porfirio came on for Stensaas. Then on 78th minute Leeds had a corner and a deep cross came in for Woodgate who flicked it on to eighteen year old Alan Smith who was unmarked 6 yds out and he put away his 8th goal of the season. Then the referee Paul Alcock had a typical Premiership referees final 15 mins booking Bonalair, Gough and Palmer, no Leeds players, and finally sending off Palmer 3 mins into injury time for a 2nd bookable offence. I have to say the one thing I will not miss next season is having to watch the strutting and the preening of the Premiership referee list. On the positive side since Ron Atkinson has taken over, the Forest team have been playing more as a team with more purpose lets hope that the plc make their mind up soon as to who will be manager next season, sooner rather than later, so that whoever is the manager can have all of the close season to rebuild.
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