Nottingham Forest 5-1 Huddersfield Town

Huddersfield Town story posted by Sean Makin on 03/03/2007
A horror show, a shambles, a disgrace to the blue and white shirt of Huddersfield Town FC is the way of how Town were against a rampant Forest side at the City Ground on a sunny Saturday afternoon.Nottingham Forest 5-1 Huddersfield Town
Hit by a five goal blast from an on-fire Nottingham Forest side that boosted their ambition to win automatic promotion to the Championship while stopping our shoe-string hopes of reaching the play-offs.

Never have I witnessed in my 12 years of watching Town, a Town side that laid down and died as they did on Saturday afternoon.

It could now be more of a battle to avoid relegation struggle unless manager Peter Jackson can inspire a vast improvement on this performance.
After the game Jackson described it as a ?shambles? and named David Mirfin and Frank Sinclair as the worst two offenders.

Forest now second in the table, were inspired by the breakthrough provided by former Bristol Rovers striker Junior Agogo as he ran inept Town ragged.
Forest had the game as good as won with three goals before the 30 minute mark.
Outshone in midfield, Town were decidedly dodgy at the back, their cover being totally torn apart as James Perch sent in Agogo in as little as the 6th minute, to a one-on-one with Matt Glennon, who hesitated as the striker planted a shot in from the right to get the rout started.

Forest lost midfielder Sammy Clingan, stretchered off after clashing with Andy Holdsworth but it made no difference. Forest could have had 10 men on the field and still have won 5-1.

Teenage substitute Lewis McGugan, on for the injured Clingan, made it 2-0 on 17 minutes, driving in fiercely when Town failed to clear a second successive corner, Mirfin cleared the first corner out for another corner, as the second corner came in the ball bobbled around in the penalty area and McGugan blasted it in from the edge of the area.

Two minutes later McGugan?s run and cross left Grant Holt a simple chance for his 15th goal of the season and from then it was a case of damage limitation for an awful Town side.
Andy Taylor, on loan from Blackburn Rovers and which has recently been extended, was caught out of position for the first three Forest goals, made the only worthwhile attempt by the Terriers, his shot deflected just past the post for a corner. Strikers Luke Beckett and Paul Hayes struggled against a rock-solid defence.

Town?s horror show carried on with Forest racing into a 4-0 lead on 33 minutes.
Kris Commons laid on a chance that Perch simply could not miss, unmarked in the penalty area he lashed a volley from 8 yards out with Matt Glennon routed to the spot, who in the previous match (at the Galpharm against Crewe) he saved three penalties.

It was the first four -goal blast to hit Town this season as they were ripped apart by a side which even lacked their first choice strike pair of Jack Lester and Nathan Tyson, both of whom were suspended.

Town were fortunate not to go further behind six minutes after the break as Commons shook the bar with a terrific shot from outside the box as no Town player went to put him under any pressure.
But on 59 minutes it was 5-0, the offside trap failed miserably again and Junior Agogo sprinted 25 yard to round Matt Glennon and poke the ball into the net.

Much of the Forest fire then died down and on 82 minutes the consolation for Town came with Michael Collins finding Matt Young, who celebrated a new one year contract with a shot he hit into the ground that bounced over the diving keeper Paul Smith.

It was Town?s first on target-effort.

Even then Grant Holt should have made it six for Forest. He broke clear but with only Glennon to beat, lobbed his effort onto the roof of the net.

Most Town fans were back on the motorway heading home after the third goal hit the back of the net. I noticed that Forest?s keeper Paul Smith?s kicking was awful even in the opening minutes of the game and that when he gets the ball we should put him under pressure but obviously that?s common sense which Town don?t seem to have.

It could have been 8 or 9 for Forest, Town fans were grateful it wasn?t. Maybe the three loan signings we have, might not be at Town next season.
Some heads could be rolling down at Town at the end of the season, 7 players are out of contract at the end of the season that I think could be released by Town, I think it would be good to have a clearout and get rid of the dead wood and rebuild stronger for next season.
Bradford City on a midday kick off at the Galpharm this Saturday (10/3), City are in freefall and are in the bottom four. We should win for local pride and to starve off that slight linger of relegation.

Sean?s Star Man Me - I was more useful and I was sat in the stand.

Nottingham Forest: Smith, Curtis (Chambers 55), Morgan, Breckin, Bennett, Perch (Hughes 72), Clingan (McCugan 11), Grant Holt, Commons, Gary Holt, Agogo.

Town: Glennon, Holdsworth, Mirfin, Sinclair, Taylor (Went off injured to be replaced with Scarz 67), Young, Collins, Brandon (Hardy 67), Schofield, Beckett, Hayes.

Referee: M Pike (Cumbria)


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