City Ground is Falling Down, Falling Down

The roof fell in on Forest in the first half of our match at the City Ground yesterday, and in the second half it almost literally fell in on us (the fans I mean). Part of the metal frame holding out the netting from the front of the upper tier cracked. Fortunately it only partly came away, otherwise there could have been some nasty injuries for those underneath. The stewards were busy trying to move us away from it when Reid scored right in front of us, which didn’t help their efforts 😀

What a contrast we are between our home and away form. After the disappointment of chucking away a couple of valuable points from what would have been our first home win of the season against Leeds (though frankly we wouldn’t have deserved it), and then the dreadful performance losing to Aldershot, we then produced another 4-goal away romp at Forest.

Although Forest had a fair amount of the play in the first half, poor finishing and woeful defending let them down, and we capitalised well, scoring 3 times before the break. We could easily have had two more as well, but for some bad finishing ourselves. Two of our goals came from corners – we do look threatening this year from corners, but it has to be said that Forest should have defended them much better than they did.

In the second half, we had more control of the game, without really threatening too often. Forest pulled one back, but we soon restored the margin when another corner was badly defended and Reid nipped in at the back post to score.

I don’t really think there were any outstanding performers for us on the day, but everyone chipped in, and overall it was a good team effort. However, I don’t think we’ll play many sides that do the basics as poorly as Forest did.

Yet again a top turnout from the travelling support, who thoroughly enjoyed their day out. With the result pretty much tied up by half time, we were able to spend much of the second half bouncing Forest’s Chelsea Dagger goal celebration back at them. And the collapsing framework above us caused some amusement, and a great deal of consternation among the stewards.

The City Ground, Aug 2011

The City Ground, Aug 2011, with the girder that broke later on, in the top right corner

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