FAN'S VIEW: Such a bright start... then it all went downhill
9:20am Monday 19th August 2013 in Sport
WANDERERS fan Alan Houghton gives his personal perspective on the 3-0 defeat at Nottingham Forest
THE day started brightly with a ride on Nottingham’s nice, new NET tram service from Phoenix Park to the centre to meet some fellow Wanderers in ‘Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem’, which claims to be England’s oldest inn, dating back to 1189.
The Bell Inn on Angel Row also claims to be England’s oldest inn, which seems dubious from 1437 but what’s a few hundred years in the marketing world?
We had a pint in both pubs just in case.
After a short taxi ride, past Meadow Lane, the home of Notts County, and past Trent Bridge, we arrived at the City Ground in the pouring rain.
The day went downhill from there. Dougie brought in Davies and Hall for Beckford and Ngog and before we had settled down, we were 1-0 down.
In the second minute, Knight gave the ball away with a poor clearance and Mackie was allowed to cut in from their left and slot it past Bogdan.
Forest had their tails up and impressed with slick passing and tight defending, something we could do with.
We were up against it for the rest of the first half but did manage a few half chances for Pratley, Baptiste, Davies and Hall.
We didn’t learn any lessons from the first half as we went 2-0 down within minutes of the restart when Reid got on the end of a cross.
Pratley nearly equalised a minute later as he headed past the goalie but the ball went wide.
The referee then mysteriously booked Pratley for a second time and he was off.
What was always going to be difficult then became impossible.
The only good point was we only ended up losing 3-0 after Lansbury got on the end of yet another cross to rame home Forest’s advantage.
Beckford and Odelusi came on for Davies and Hall, the former still refusing to join in, the latter trying to no effect.
The Forest fans baited us with “Don’t you sing a song?”.
Frankly, there was nothing to sing about. They have also adopted “We can sign who we want” in honour of their mega-wealthy Al Hasawi owners.
It looks like we’ll be heading in opposite directions this season.
It was a bad performance and the worst of it was the folks back home thought we were out enjoying ourselves.