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Monday, 16 April 2012

Tangerines Hold Forest



A 0-0 that is not dull is somewhat of a rarity, but this one of them. Proven by the fact the crowd hadn’t emptied out early and that the fans didn't boo in the way that large swathes like to do when we don’t win regardless of how we played.

Moussi and McCleary were of course missing, seeing Anderson come into the team after a lay off, which may be part injury, part exile following his tussle with Tudgay. This meant Guedioura took the more defensive covering midfield role. McGugan and Majewski played in roles that tried to push on more.



If anyone deserved to win this game it was surely Forest who had the better chances. The clear one was Dexter Blackstock's header from a Cunningham cross, Cunningham who for me was man of the match, getting a lot of rewards for his runs down the left.

There were other close efforts for Cunningham himself and for Majewski. Blackstock early on had gotten clear and blazed wide and high.

It was pleasing to see that the corner routines from the previous game that were failures were removed and instead a new one that looked better, with a near post ball that Anderson flicked on or headed at goal. Anderson may have been targeted as he would be one of the last people you’d expect to be a target man at a corner.

Blackpool though remained a threat. It was always one of those sides you'd fancy to bomb up the other team and look dangerous. However the rarely directly threatened. I also have to say about Blackpool is that I have never seen such wrapped up subs warming up at half time. Huge coats, woolly hats and gloves. It wasn't THAT cold. Taylor Fletcher should have done better with a half volley effort. Ince had always looked tricky and dangerous.

So we didn't win, but with results as it were a draw has bought us to the brink of survival. It would take a hugely monumental set of results from Coventry to get out of jail on this one.



We go to Reading on Tuesday in a game even if we were near the top I'd fear. We are one of the top form teams in the division, but Reading are on fire, with super sub Le Fondre a man to fear even if the likes of Roberts don’t work out.

All in all, entertaining, but still lacking that vital punch. Blackpool of course are up there, and we have taken 4 points off them this season. That’s commendable.

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