City Ground


Mr K. Lynch
Goal 1:
(Robins 3 mins)
Goal 2
(Freedman 42 mins)
Goal 3
(Chettle pen 70 mins)
Goal 4
(Freedman 75 mins)
Goal 5
(Wright 87 mins)

Beasant   Walker
Matrecano     Marsh
Scimeca     Pointon
Chettle   Viveash
Burns   Barras
Quashie     Keates
Rogers   Bukran
Louis-Jean     Wrack
Petrachi   Robins
Freedman Rammell
Wright Brissett
Substitutes     Substitutes
Goodlad   Emberson
Harewood   Elyjolfsson
Hjelde   Daley
Allou     Kelster
Platt   Roper

© Nottingham Forest 1999

With the England v Luxembourg kicking off at the same time as this match and being live on Sky, and the temperatures in Nottingham reaching 27 degrees, a small crowd was expected. I also managed to have a man sitting next to me that spent the whole match moaning, even when we were winning!
Within two mins Ian Wright showed his skills with a ball from Louis-Jean that he tried to lob the goalkeeper, in fact he had about 3 goes at lobbing the goalkeeper and could have had an hatful. On three mins though Walsall had their first attack and Rammell put a header past Beasant, the worst start had happened. For the next 30 mins Forest could not get their act together. Players were not getting the ball forward fast enough for Wright , Freedman and Petrachi. The one positive thing was seeing John Burns making his long awaited debut and looking comfortable. The shots started to go in but they were either saved or off target. Then on 43mins Louis-Jean set Petrachi of on a jinking run into the Walsall penalty area, he put it back to Louis-Jean who hit the ball goalwards where Freedman was on hand to head the ball home.
Half time, and some respite from my new moaning "friend" but too hot for Bovril. Forest came out for the second half looking a different side, with a lot more determination. Wright was showing his skill , vision and enthusiasm and was causing the Walsall defenders a good deal of problems. Petrachi was buzzing and was putting in the crosses and shots for the front runners. It was a transformed team. then on 70 mins Petrachi (or it may have been Quashie took the ball through the Walsall defence and tried to round Walker the goalkeeper, who brought him down for a penalty and red card. Chettle had to wait for the substitute goalkeeper Emberson to come on and then put the ball hard into the right hand side of the net. Petrachi on 78 mins put in a beautiful long cross for Freedman to head home his 2nd of the afternoon at the far post. Quashie shot and it was saved at the second go by the goalkeeper and Wright lobbed the goalkeeper again and it just hit the top bar, what an inspiration he must be for the other players. David Platt brought himself on with 10 mins to go and then Wright from nowhere put the ball in the net on 87mins.
The crowd went home buzzing, although my moaning neighbour still wasn't satisfied! A good result in the end, and lets hope we can carry on against Swindon next Saturday.




Copyright © 2001 Nottingham Forest F.C.