MATCHDAY LIVE: Nottingham Forest 1 Wanderers 1

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  • Wanderers looking to record back-to-back victories in the league for the first time since March 2012.
  • BWFC: Bogdan, Mears, Knight, Dawson, Alonso, Spearing, Pratley, M Davies, Chung-Yong, De Ridder, K Davies
  • Mark Davies makes his first appearance since December. Skipper Kevin Davies also restored to side. Eagles and Sordell out.

4:59pm

Apologies - Craig Davies for the goal. Was too busy stressing over the computer and the internet!!

4:56pm

Match report up soon with all the details.

4:55pm

All over. 1-1. Credit for holding on there.

4:52pm

Craig Davies booked for dissent

4:49pm

Five mins added time to hold out.

4:49pm

Forest really turning the screw.

4:44pm

Henderson heads just wide for Forest.

4:42pm

Checking on who the foul was against, but looked from here as if the full-back did lunge in a bit. Big test just got bigger.

4:40pm

Alonso sent off for a second bookable offence.

4:36pm

GET IN!!! Craig davies taps home from close range after Ngog has raced on to a lovely ball from Pratley and delivered from the right.

4:36pm

GOAL Eagles

4:31pm

Ngog on for Kevin Davies. 

4:30pm

Alonso booked for a foul right on the edge of the box. Looks like it was on Cox.

4:27pm

Huge test for Wanderers now. Point would look great from here.

4:26pm

Good ball from Eagles to find Craig Davies. He rather scuffed his shot on the turn, which was then held by Darlow.

4:25pm

Craig Davies now on for Chungy.

4:24pm

Massive chance for Wanderers, missed by Kevin Davies. Cohen played a blind back pass, and as the skipper tried to get round Darlow, the Forest keeper stuck out an arm to grab the ball.

4:19pm

Huge blow, as Wanderers looked to have stemmed the tide.

4:18pm

It opened up for Andy Reid on the edge of the box, and he drilled a low shot - possibly via a deflection - into the bottom corner.

4:17pm

Forest score.

4:17pm

Eagles on for De Ridder

4:15pm

Halford booked, foul on Kevin Davies

4:14pm

DF has called for Eagles. Looks like he's coming on.

4:10pm

What a block that was by Pratley. Lansbury had got through two challenges and his shot would definitely have tested Bogdan.

4:09pm

Mark Davies booked, foul on Cohen

4:08pm

Reid curls a free kick towards goal, plucked acrobatically out of the air by Bogdan.

4:06pm

Mark Davies half volleys over the top - Wanderers' first real chance of the game.

4:05pm

24,409 attendance today

1,514 away fans

4:04pm

Bit of a battle getting through the crowds back to the press box, but I made it. Just about to start.

4:03pm

 
Nothing that I can see - but DF needs to change something to get his team on to the front foot in this one.

4:02pm

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3:47pm

Well, it hasn't been a classic. Bogdan much the busier keeper and has kept Wanderers in it so far with three or four really good saves.

Only real danger Wanderers have posed has been through set pieces and Craig Dawson.

Goalless at the break.

3:45pm

Came to nothing, which is a shame. Two added mins to play.

3:45pm

Free kick given against Halford for foul on Mark Davies in the corner. Odd one.

3:42pm

Freedman will be happy at 0-0, no doubt about it. Bogdan very much the man of the half so far.

3:40pm

Great run from Alonso halted at the last minute by Halford. Rare foray into enemy territory for the Spaniard.

3:38pm

Forest putting Wanderers under pressure again. Silly foul just given away by Alonso.

3:36pm

Mears booked. Foul on Cohen.

3:36pm

Pitch is terrible. Again.

3:34pm

Bogdan to the rescue again. This time saving low down from Cox after he has beaten Knight on the edge of the box.

3:33pm

Majewski fires another shot at goal that moves all over the place. Bogdan parries it away.

3:31pm

Dawson such a threat from set pieces. A few of us annoyed at not putting anything on him for first goalscorer.

3:30pm

Fifteen mins remaining in the half and we've not seen much of Wanderers in an attacking sense. De Ridder and Mark Davies have had a couple of runs, but little else.

3:29pm

Wondered what the wi-fi problems were, then noticed that Trevor Boxter (MEN) was downloading a new sat nav. Cheek!

3:27pm

Wanderers need some possession. It has been mostly Forest so far.

3:26pm

Stop in play for an injury and there has been an american football style huddle for tactics in both technical areas. Every player involved barring keepers and the man down on the turf.

3:24pm

Nervous moments now.

3:24pm

Swerving shot from Reid just about dealt with by Bogdan.

3:24pm

Wanderers fans making themselves heard. Doing a grand job behind Bogdan's goal - and to be fair, Bogdan doing a good job in it.

3:22pm

Don't want to be doing that all afternoon! Forest still making most of the headway.

3:21pm

Hopefully a reboot has sorted me out??

3:21pm

Wi Fi problems....

3:14pm

Just spotted Julian Darby venturing into the technical area. Must be an odd day for him.

3:13pm

Ball drops invitingly for Lansbury on the edge of the box but he drags a shot well wide.

3:11pm

Scampering run from Mark Davies. Missed those.

3:09pm

3:09pm

Spearing took it, and Dawson had a swipe. Blocked well by Ward. Another corner.

3:08pm

First corner of the game for Wanderers.

3:08pm

Pressure from Forest. Shout for handball as Reid shot cannons off Mears, but too far away for me to see whether there was anything in it.

3:06pm

Bogdan showed up there. Two very good saves low down. Quick reactions.

3:04pm

Great double save from Bogdan - first from Lansbury, then from Majewski.

3:04pm

Forest making much of the early running. One decent run from De Ridder (poor cross, though) to show for Wanderers.

3:02pm

Around 1,200 Wanderers fans behind Adam Bogdan's goal. Just saw an important early header from Alonso to clear Ward's cross.

3:00pm

And we're off!

3:00pm

Mull of Kintyre ringing out. Big Beatles fan but never cared much for Wings.

2:59pm

 
Absolutely. It's now or never...

2:58pm

 
Couldn't afford to drop down in salary.... :-)

2:58pm

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2:57pm

I know Pratley's goal was at the Liberty and not here at the City Ground, by the way. But why let the facts....?

2:56pm

Davies says last time he was here was the play-off semis. Didn't end well for him... a certain Mr Darren Pratley made sure of that!

2:55pm

Davies talking to the Forest fans via the big screen. Billed as King William by the man on the tannoy...

2:51pm

Decent crowd expected today. Saw it billed as a sell-out, but there are huge gaps either side of the away supporters for safety, so won't be anywhere near capacity.

2:48pm

 
White - but not sure yet whether it's all white, a la Watford.

2:47pm

Just a pointer to anyone tweeting me or leaving comments, I'm not going to respond to anything that abuses players or that has swearing in it. Feel free to be critical, no problem with that, but let's be fair too.

2:45pm

 
Will do.

2:44pm

Stu was down to travel with the squad. Will ask if there's any underlying reason for him not being in the 18 but suspect the club are still being careful.

2:43pm

 

2:42pm

For the record, I said we'd tell for certain at 5.15pm next Saturday. Next three games against Forest, Derby and Hull are vital.

2:40pm

Discussion in the car on the way down generally centred on whether Wanderers had left it too late for a play-off push. What do you think??

2:34pm

Mark Davies back in the side for the first time since the Huddersfield Town game in December. Great to see him back.

2:33pm

Hopefully not individually. That would take ages.

2:31pm

Just been told that Billy Davies will be addressing everyone prior to kick off. 

2:25pm

Was about to praise the pre-match music at the City Ground but now find my ears assaulted by Gangnam Style...

2:22pm

Seems to be a bit of confusion about the Forest line-up... Cohen down to play at left-back and no subs announced yet.

2:18pm

Was having an easy time of it on the radio there until Phil Brown chipped in with a hand grenade question about relegation... I'll be mentioning that on the journey home!!

2:16pm

2:16pm

2:16pm

So... No Eagles, No Sordell, but Mark Davies gets his first start since December and Kevin Davies returns to the starting line-up.

2:15pm

Nottingham Forest: Darlow, Jara, Ward, Halford, Cohen, Lansbury, Guedioura, Majewski, Reid, Cox, Sharp

2:14pm

BWFC team: Bogdan, Mears, Knight, Dawson, Alonso, Spearing, Pratley, M Davies, Chung-Yong, De Ridder, K Davies

Subs: Lonergan, Wheater, Ricketts, Ngog, C Davies, Sordell, Eagles

1:58pm

It will probably be similar nonsense to the stuff on this timeline, to be honest.

1:57pm

Going to head up to see Jack Dearden at his radio point in a moment. May go quiet for 10 minutes. But you could always tune in to BBC Manchester and hear what I've got to say!

1:56pm

 
DF said Holden, Mark Davies and Wheater would be involved in the squad at his press conference. Medo still a little short of match fitness but could make the bench, potentially.

1:55pm

1:55pm

Dougie Freedman scored 23 goals in 83 appearances for Forest between August 1998 and October 2000.

1:51pm

Spontaneous applause from outside the press room door as Billy Davies arrives. No so inside the press room, where the TV, radio and written journos have just found out that he'll be doing just one press conference.

1:46pm

 
Sounds good. But due on BBC Manchester in a few minutes, so don't want to get too sweary....

1:44pm

Just four points between the two sides at start of play. Wanderers have a game in hand too.

1:37pm

 
No. As I understood it, there was a failed loan bid for a winger BASED in Spain that DF might go back in for. Now hearing there are a couple of options but nothing happening at present.

1:35pm

Forest owner Fawaz al Hasawi describes Billy Davies as "the best manager in the Championship."

1:32pm

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1:30pm

But will Eagles play today? Answers on a postcard.

1:30pm

Another thing that struck me in the programme - who's the Wanderers player with the most shots on and off target, assists, crosses and free-kicks won?

Answer: Chris Eagles

1:28pm

Zat Knight adds his voice to those who think Wanderers can still make a promotion push, saying in the matchday programme today: "We've got six games in the next three weeks and that means there are a lot of points on offer over a short space of time. If we can put in a big push now, you never know where that might take us."

1:21pm

No escaping the history around the City Ground. Giant pictures everywhere of all the victorious teams down the years. But the modern day Forest welcome their fourth manager of the season today in Billy Davies. It has been a strange old season at this famous old club.

1:19pm

The future looks bright, but there are plenty of questions yet to be answered in the present - and though all the talk this week has been of catching the play-off places, let's not forget there is still only a three-point gap to the bottom three! Crazy.

1:18pm

First of all a big congratulations to David Lee, Tony Kelly and the magnificent Under-18s for their 8-4 win over Tottenham in the FA Youth Cup last night. Marvellous start to the weekend. 

1:17pm

Good afternoon everyone. Bright and sunny here in Nottingham, and judging by some of your pre-match predictions, there's more than a hint of optimism about today's trip.

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2:18pm Sat 16 Feb 13

swager123 says...

Bogdan starts again!!! the guy is utter sh*te !! give lornegan a chance freedman !!!
Bogdan starts again!!! the guy is utter sh*te !! give lornegan a chance freedman !!! swager123

2:46pm Sat 16 Feb 13

kieth57 says...

Totally agree with Swagger123 how does that Bogden keep gettinh picked. The last time I remember us having a goalie this bad and inept was Alan Boswell. Bogden is the worst Goalkeeper has had in many many years
Totally agree with Swagger123 how does that Bogden keep gettinh picked. The last time I remember us having a goalie this bad and inept was Alan Boswell. Bogden is the worst Goalkeeper has had in many many years kieth57

3:22pm Sat 16 Feb 13

boltonnut says...

Agree about Bogdan,not quite sh!te but bog does come to mind.The squad looks good in general but I would like to see Holden in the line up.Lets face it if anything is going to happen to Stu (god forbid) it's going to happen,whether it's this game or the next or the one after that. It's time to poo or get off the pot.
Agree about Bogdan,not quite sh!te but bog does come to mind.The squad looks good in general but I would like to see Holden in the line up.Lets face it if anything is going to happen to Stu (god forbid) it's going to happen,whether it's this game or the next or the one after that. It's time to poo or get off the pot. boltonnut

3:52pm Sat 16 Feb 13

steveG says...

If Bolton are to make a late surge Holden has got to play - if he isn't the player he was so be it,but he is the only hope.
Do agree Bogdan has had his chances,though according to GMR he's made five great saves - so should be 5-0 then?.
Always concerned when I hear Dougie Freedman speak,I do think he should talk less.
He has recently made great play of how he wants Bolton to dominate games through possession,whereas any one realises possession means nothing if you don't create,as i write this sky reported Bolton have had 65% possession with no shots while Forest have had three.
If Bolton are to make a late surge Holden has got to play - if he isn't the player he was so be it,but he is the only hope. Do agree Bogdan has had his chances,though according to GMR he's made five great saves - so should be 5-0 then?. Always concerned when I hear Dougie Freedman speak,I do think he should talk less. He has recently made great play of how he wants Bolton to dominate games through possession,whereas any one realises possession means nothing if you don't create,as i write this sky reported Bolton have had 65% possession with no shots while Forest have had three. steveG

3:52pm Sat 16 Feb 13

boltonnut says...

The Bogman playing good,he must be reading the comments.
The Bogman playing good,he must be reading the comments. boltonnut

3:54pm Sat 16 Feb 13

Rememberscarborough says...

If Bolton want to win this they've got to score two or more goals (no chance of a clean sheet). Time to bring on the strikers....
If Bolton want to win this they've got to score two or more goals (no chance of a clean sheet). Time to bring on the strikers.... Rememberscarborough

4:37pm Sat 16 Feb 13

CumbrianTrotter says...

said craig davies on sky ?
said craig davies on sky ? CumbrianTrotter

4:39pm Sat 16 Feb 13

gangster22 says...

Freedmanwill get us relegated unless he changes is mentality.Tactically wise he is clueless and so far in some games hes been very very lucky,brighton/burnl
ey as examples
Freedmanwill get us relegated unless he changes is mentality.Tactically wise he is clueless and so far in some games hes been very very lucky,brighton/burnl ey as examples gangster22

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