Forest 1 - 0 Middlesborough
20/02/10 15:00 Category: Championship
A tight game with two decent sides cancelling each other out. Boro's side contained plenty of quality and should be higher in the league but we just had enough about us to sneak the win. For long spells it looked like nil-nil was the only likely result but Cohen provided the only moment of genuine class to win the game after good work from Blackstock and Majewski.
After getting ourselves in front, we looked quite comfortable and eased to victory for an amazing ninth straight home win. With a better standard of opposition and a bumpy pitch, we never really reproduced the high paced, fluid passing from earlier in the season but results are the only thing that matters.
Our centre-backs were in impressive form yet again. MOTM Wilson alongside Morgan form a barrier that most strikers at this level struggle to pass. Boro made very little impression apart from an occasional threat from Lita in the closing stages. With their performances Camp had a couple of long range efforts to deal with plus a number of set pieces.
Perch did a reasonable job at left back but lacks confidence with his left foot to bring the best out of Anderson in front of him. Too often, the time taken to cut inside onto his preferred side prevents us from breaking with the speed that has become our trademark this season. Gunter has shown his quality all season and remains one of the most consistent performers at the club.
McKenna was much improved, especially in the second half as Boro pressed forward. A number of timely interventions from nowhere to steal the ball and get us moving forwards again. Cohen looked rusty at times, with a uncharacteristic dodgy first touch and wayward passes. However, he was never going to hide, stuck with it and provided the one moment of class to win the game. A brilliant, cool finish to beat the rushing keeper after Blackstock and Majewski combined to open up their defence. Makewski showed moments of promise, normally from set pieces but Boro get men around him to stop him finding space. Unlucky to see one free kick beat the keeper but hit the bar. Anderson continues to provide the only genuine width to the side but suffers from the lack of a full-time left back behind him. Provides a great out-let when attacking on the break, running at their defenders at speed.
Earnshaw struggled to make much of an impression and missed the one clear chance of the first half when he got behind their defence but missed the target. The most important contribution was the intelligent run to draw two defenders away from Cohen leading up to the winner. Blackstock continued his impressive recent form and battled well against the powerful Wheater all afternoon. The creation of the goal was all down to him and underlines the quality that he brings to the side.
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