MOTM Paul Anderson
02/10/09 10:24 Category: Championship
There were so many positives from the evening. Firstly, the team looked balanced with Tyson and Anderson given the chance to provide width for Blackstock and Garner. We started the game very brightly and should have taken advantage of numerous chances from a series of early corners. Most importantly, we actually played well. A number of players took the opportunity to put in their best performances of the season. Chambers, Gunter, Cohen, Anderson, McGoldrick and Blackstock all had impressive evenings.
We had to remain patient and it did look for a while as though we wouldn’t score but we got there in the end. We should have scored from one of Majewski’s decent corners but Cohen pinged one quick one straight onto Chambers who powered a header into the roof of the net. Another five minutes later, Anderson’s surge followed by Tyson blocked shot, allowed Anderson to cross for Blackstock to score from close range.
Camp was barely threatened all evening but produced one finger tip save via the post to save us a nervy last ten minutes.
Full backs Cohen and Gunter didn’t have too much to do defensively but found the stamina to get forward and support their wingers whenever possible. Cohen in particular had his best game of the season and had much more of an impact despite playing in defence. Gunter was unlucky not to score with one close range effort tipped over and was always breaking into space.
Chambers, back in the side having been dropped at Plymouth, responded very well and put in a commanding performance. Time and again, he was the one arriving from nowhere to clear to provide that all-important defensive clearance. Thoroughly deserved his goal, and easily have scored earlier when an effort hit a team-mate. Like Gunter, he seems to be loving playing for Forest and on this form, he deserves to be.
Morgan had a real battle with their centre forward Forte and was generally dominant apart from one late run where Camp and the post came to the rescue.
McKenna did what was required in midfield, making important challenges and making life difficult for the opposition. This allowed Majewski to get forward and dictate our attacks. As a combination they bring the best out of each other.
MOTM Anderson fully justified his selection down the right hand side with direct running and decent service. Worked very well in tandem with Gunter and Scunthorpe struggled to deal with their running off the ball. With performances like this, there’s no justification for Davies to select Garner ahead of him.
Tyson had one of those evenings in front of goal where nothing seemed to go right for him. Hampered by injury in the first half but he battled through and couldn’t be faulted for his endeavour. He just lacked that composure, especially on his right hand side when opportunities came his way.
Garner got his chance playing off Blackstock but didn’t really perform. Davies had seen enough by half time and McGoldrick got his chance. Haven’t been very impressed by McGoldrick so far but he looked a different proposition last night. He looked very bright on the ball and intelligent running off the ball. Should have done better from a couple of situations in front of goal but his introduction got us playing.
Blackstock looked a threat all evening, won most things in the air and thoroughly deserved his goal when it arrived. Of all our forwards, he’s been the most consistent and he deserves to be considered as first choice.
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