Forest extend unbeaten streak to twenty-six at home to Coventry
20th November 2010
URN Sport’s Louis Cotgrove reports on the Nottingham Forest vs. Coventry City match in the Npower Championship on Tuesday 9th November 2010.
It was always going to be cold, sitting in the rafters of the Brian Clough Stand an, the weather did not disappoint as I sat there, teeth chattering, with four layers of thermals on. This match was always going to be a close one with Forest sitting four points behind Coventry. The Sky Blues were involved in a 5 goal thriller with Leeds the week before, so draw specialists Forest were actually going to have to score more than one if they were to get the three points from this match, even at fortress City Ground.
After a forgettable opening half hour, although dominated by Forest, the match was sparked into life by an unlucky own goal from Luke Chambers, putting it in his own net from a Sammy Clingan free kick in front of the Trent End… painful. However, this booted Forest into life and they soon equalised as a rocket from Raddy Majewski smashed the net and levelled the score four minutes from half time. Polish international Majewski had obviously spent his week reading the Lewis McGugan Textbook of Screamers- McGugan himself rumoured to be releasing his own best goals of the season so far DVD in time for Christmas.
The second half began with Coventry laying siege to the Forest goal but, through a combination of the ever imperious Lee Camp between the sticks and the Coventry strikers shooting like they had been trained in the Stormtrooper School of Marksmanship, the score remained level.
However, with an hour played, a Chris Cohen free kick somehow nestled into the back of the net- time to start defending for the Reds. With the home team now in front the chanting commenced, producing this cracker around the ground to the tune of Kumbaya: “She said no, Marlon, she said no. Oh, Marlon, she said no.” He was not a happy boy and the former Forest striker and resident of Brixton Prison, now playing for Coventry, almost made the Forest fans eat their words with several shots and headers, forcing great saves from the ‘Buffon of the Midlands’.
Six minutes of squeaky-bum stoppage time did not help but luckily, Forest’s defence held out to extend their unbeaten home run to an impressive 26 matches, an immense record and one which they must keep for as long as possible to aid their challenge for a lucrative play-off spot.
Final score: East Midlanders 2-1 West Midlanders, on an unbelievably cold November evening.