Haynes Grabs A Point At Forest
The City Ground, Nottingham
7 November 2009, 15:00
Danny Haynes salvaged a share of the spoils with a dramatic last-gasp equaliser at Forest.
City made two changes as Saborio and Hartley were recalled at the expense of Lee Johnson and Jamie McCombe as Gary Johnson switched to a 4-3-3.
Nicky Maynard was the first to thrust into the game by scything down Chris Gunter to earn a booking in the opening minute as the game kicked off at a frenetic pace.
Joe Garner sent a 25-yarder high and wide for Forest whilst Haynes nodded a McAllister cross off target as the game lacked clear-cut chances or major incident.
Garner flashed his 37th minute wide of Gerken's post after being picked out by the direct wing-play of Paul Anderson in what was to prove the first-half's best chance.
City came out after the break showing more purpose and only a last-ditch Wes Morgan block stopped Maynard from a clear run on goal.
Gavin Williams was entered the fray on the hour, replacing Evander Sno who was on a booking, and saw his dipping volley warm the hands of Camp in the Forest goal.
Saborio then felt he had a cast-iron penalty moments later when his effort appeared to be blocked by a hand but referee Taylor was having none of it.
Former City striker Dele Adebola game on as Forest saught a more direct approach to make something happen, City responded by bringing on McCombe to keep the big lump quiet as Johnson changed to a 3-5-2.
Despite the changes, Clarkson came on for his first appearance since August after McAllister was unable to continue and Johnson duly changed to a 4-4-2! The more this went on the more it resembled a painstaking game of poker.
On 74 minutes, Anderson was poised to open the scoring only to be brilliantly denied by Cole Skuse's timely tackle following good work from substitute Gareth McCleary.
Then with only five minutes to go, the game finally came to life.
Former Yeovil playmaker Chris Cohen sent in an inswinging free-kick from the right which caused pandemonium in the City box before breaking lose for Wes Morgan to smash home.
Earnshaw should have sealed it but blazed over the bar following an alert cut-back from Adebola and Forest were to rue the miss moments later.
Hartley pinged a high ball onto the head of McCombe, who nodded into the path of Danny Haynes to fire home the late, late equaliser in front of the City contingent.
FOREST (4-3-3): Camp, Gunter, Morgan, Wilson, Cohen, Majewski (Adebola 57), Moussi, McKenna, Anderson, Garner (McCleary 65), McGoldrick (Earnshaw 73).
CITY (4-4-2): Gerken, Skuse, Carey, Nyatanga, McAllister (McCombe 69), Hartley, Elliott, Sno (Williams 59), Haynes, Maynard, Saborio (Clarkson 75).
REFEREE: Anthony Taylor (Manchester)
Classy performance from the Jock international.
Had a great game, worked so hard and every good move went through him. Today he showed me that there is no way we can afford to "rest" him for the sake of it. He will be vital to our season if we are to have any success, and did really well to put the ball into the box onto McCoombe's head to lead to the equaliser.
Dean Gerken 6
Cole Skuse 7
Jamie McAllister 7
Lewin Nyatanga 7
Louis Carey 7
He was like a brick wall today and nothing was getting passed him.
Paul Hartley 7
Marvin Elliott 7
Evander Sno 6
Danny Haynes 7
Nicky Maynard 7
Alvaro Saborio 5
Gavin Williams 7
Jamie McCombe 6
David Clarkson 6
Still don't think he knows his best team and we were dire early on. Luckily, so were Forest. He wasn't afraid to mix up the formation and tactics though and gave enough time for his players to hurt the opposition.
Has the makings of a good side up there and tried to force the game. Made positive changes to try and win it but I'm sure he will be rueing that Earnshaw miss as they're not clinical enough, despite having all that firepower to choose from.
Dire Game, Good Point
Definitely another good point to gain but that winless record up there go on for another year.
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