(Freedman 62 min)
© Nottingham Forest 1999
Forest might have looked to be planning a defensive game, with only Freedman up front. But West Brom were also playing one man up front so competition for the ball in midfield looked like being close. Forest had the first chance on 3 mins with a lovely cross from Rogers. But the keeper beat Quashie to the ball. On 12 mins Hughes broke through the Forest defence and fell dramatically in the box. But the referee correctly judged that he ran into Matrecano and a penalty was not awarded. On 14 mins the Miller made a save from a Freedman header. On 25 mins Hughes broke through again but Mannini showed his skill and experience in kicking the ball out of danger. Freedman missed a good chance when he went clear but shot badly and went wide. Just before half time Bart- Williams set the ball up for Quashie who let fly but a deflection put the ball just wide. So, overall a very evenly matched first half with play going from end to end. Not a half of great skill but pressure from both sides with Forest making more shots on goal. Palmer came out to start the second half in place of Mannini who apparently suffered from a tight hamstring towards the end of the first half. Forest piled on the pressure straight away. Rogers made a great break and put the ball through for Petrachi whose embarrassment at missing the net was eased only by being called offside.
On 50 mins Petrachi placed the ball beautifully for Palmer who had run into position to shoot on target but Miller made the save. An excellent start from Forest and in particular Rogers was followed by a spell of intense pressure from West Brom. Then on 62 mins Bart-Williams kicked the ball across the front of the goal. No less than three West Brom defenders failed to stop it and the ball landed for Rogers to send back across the goal mouth for Freedman to put it into the back of the net for a well deserved goal. On 66 mins an excellent break by Hughes was saved by Crossley. But ten minutes later the equalizer came from the ever present Hughes. But he was blatantly offside and Forest players protested at the decision to allow the goal. Clearly the 'linesman' should have been able to see. Hughes was only a yard in front of Crossley and clearly there before the ball was played to him. Petrachi went off on 77 mins after receiving the only yellow card of the match in a game which was excellently refereed. Harewood came on in his place in an attempt to gain back the lead. Freedman came close to doing so but the ball just cleared the net.
Overall a point each was a fair result but Forest must feel robbed of the other two points with a decision which, after the match, the referee admitted to Platt, was a mistake by the 'linesman'.