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Match Report


Posted Sat 28 Aug 10 at 16:58 PM

Nottingham Forest 1 v 1 Norwich City

Nottingham Forest created the chances but had to be satisfied with a point at home against a well-organized, attacking Norwich City side.

It was a lively start to the game with some good end-to-end football, but Norwich closed Forest down well and it took a penalty for the home side to take the lead in the 33rd minute. It was an evenly matched first half and Norwich deserved their equalizer just before the break.

Both sides played some good attacking football in the second half but neither was able to find the elusive winner.

Forest had their first chance in the third minute after Luke Chambers did well to get on the end of a long ball down the right. He put in an excellent cross which somehow missed two Forest players and Russell Martin managed to get the ball away for a corner.

Norwich came close just three minutes later when Chris Martin made a break, beating Kelvin Wilson and sending the ball flying towards goal only to see it crash off the post before going out to safety.

And the same post denied Martin less than a minute from a free kick as the ball crashed off the base of the same post before going out.

It was the 24th minute before Forest had another chance when Radoslaw Majewski sent the ball through to Paul Anderson as he ran into the box, but his low cross was deflected and grabbed on the line by John Ruddy.

A good save by Lee Camp prevented Norwich from taking the lead, the Forest keeper diving to his right to block Korey Smith's effort.

There were calls for a penalty for Forest when Dexter Blackstock was brought down on the far side of the penalty area by Leon Barnett, but the referee was unimpressed.

But he did award a penalty to Forest in the 33rd minute, for a foul by Russell Martin on Anderson.

And Forest were in front after Blackstock sent the ball calmly into the bottom right corner of the net.

Norwich were back on level terms three minutes before the break following a free kick. In a crowded penalty area, the ball was headed up in the air and flicked to edge of 6-yard box where Andrew Crofts looped the ball over Camp and into the net.

The Norwich supporters thought they should have been given a penalty three minutes into the second half after Grant Holt went down far too easily inside the box.

Chris Cohen was only just off target with a long-range shot which saw Ruddy diving to his left, uncertain which side of the post the ball would end up.

Forest threatened again after good work from Robert Earnshaw down the right before crossing to Anderson, who was prevented from scoring by a great block by Barnett.

But Anderson was injured in the challenge and was replaced by Nathan Tyson.

Forest continued to press forward but were unable to produce anything in front of goal.

Norwich came close when Holt split open the Forest defence before shooting from close range as the Forest keeper came out to block his effort.
Hoping to provide some inspiration up front, Lewis McGugan became Forest's final substitute of the day, replacing captain Paul McKenna.

Earnshaw came close with a long-range shot which dipped dangerously and almost caught Ruddy out, but the ball went over the crossbar.

Norwich threatened again when Adam Drury sent the ball flying across the six-yard box but, fortunately for Forest, nobody could get a touch on it.

Both sides pushed forward, with Earnshaw still looking determined to win the game for Forest, but then Norwich were on the break, coming close once again before Tyson made a superb run down the left before his cross was blocked.

Another good effort from Earnshaw, two minutes from time, saw him get free on the left side of the six-yard box, turned and smashed the ball at a tight angle, but it came off the post and back into play.

Nottingham Forest: Camp, Chambers, Morgan, Wilson, Bertrand, McKenna(C)(McGugan 71min), Majewski(Moussi 61min), Anderson(Tyson 54min), Cohen, Blackstock, Earnshaw
Subs not used: Darlow(GK), Lynch, Moloney, Adebola,
Bookings: Blackstock 46min, Cohen 57min,
Scorer: Blackstock pen 35min,

Norwich City: Ruddy, Martin, Drury, Crofts, Holt(C), Surman, Hoolahan, Martin, Smith, Barnett, Ward
Subs: Rudd(GK), Jackson, Fox, Lappin, Johnson, McNamee, Askou
Scorer: Crofts 42min

Referee: S W Mathieson
Attendance: 21,890 away attn: 2,532

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