Report: Nottingham Forest 6-1 Huddersfield Town

Huddersfield Town story posted by Sean Makin on 19/02/2013
What can you say other than utter shambles? Without swearing of course. Huddersfield Town were well and truly thrashed as Forest ran riot putting six past the hapless Terriers and sinking them into the mire of a relegation scrap.Report: Nottingham Forest 6-1 Huddersfield Town

It all started so well James Vaughan's classy finish put Town into the lead inside 10 minutes but once again as so many times in the none to distant past we press the self-destruct button that leaves more questions than answers.

The Huddersfield Giants will have been impressed by the way we played which consisted of sideways and backward passes but we gave the ball away far too cheaply, we offered little in going forward in tempo and movement and stood around like statues as Forest passed the ball around us.

If it wasn't for Alex Smithies it could have been a lot, lot worse.

The 4-1 defeat at the hands of Wigan on Sunday resulted in new manager Mark Robins making four changes for his first league game in charge. Out went Alan Lee, Chris Atkinson, Antony Gerrard and Scott Arfield in came Joel Lynch, Ollie Norwood, Lee Novak and James Vaughan.

Town surprisingly started brightly and attacked from the off and Vaughan so nearly put the visitors in the lead inside 5 minutes with a superb overhead kick that hit the post from a Neil Danns cross.

Danns forced Karl Barlow into a save with a well struck shot from the edge of the area and after the resulting corner was cleared Norwood's cross found Vaughan who guided a superb volley into the back of the net leaving Barlow rooted to the spot.

Time to press the self-destruct button. 24 minutes gone Forest find two goals, heads drop and there is no way back.

Radoslaw Majewksi fires in the equalizer on 21 minutes after Henri Lansbury scuffs his shot from Andy Reid chipped pass into the Town box. As Lansbury scuffed his shot the ball bounced up and his hit hand but Majewski is allowed to fire in the loose ball.

On 24 minutes Norwood gives away a foul down the Town left and Reid's delivery finds Elliot Ward unmarked 6 yards from goal who plants a header past Smithies.

Forest have wind in their sails the attacks just keep coming and coming Dexter Blackstock has a header that deflects on to the bar from another Reid cross.

Smithies denied Lansbury as the former Arsenal trainee bared down on goal but Majewski grabs his second from the edge of the area on 37 minutes as the Town defence goes awol.

Town are by now just chasing shadows Reid went close to grabbing a goal with 4 minutes to go before the break but two minutes later Majewski wrapped up his hat-trick with a 30 yard drive that hit the underside of the bar on the way in.

The game was all but over only pride to play for second half but we saw none of it. Scott Arfield replaced Sean Scannell at the half time break.

Within 10 minutes of the restart Lansbury cut through the defence like a knife through butter and lashed in a low shot into the bottom corner from around 25 yards out.

Forest's concentration slipped after they dispatched the 5th goal but Town could not take advantage as Arfield woefully miscued his shot and fell over with the goal at his mercy.

Arfield again failed to connect with the ball from a Vaughan knock down and Oscar Gobern, on for Norwood, headed over from a corner.

It summed up the night when Adam Clayton put Vaughan through one on one with the goalkeeper but the on-loan Norwich City striker fired wide.

Forest still had another goal left in them Simon Cox was denied by Smithies but in the final minute of injury time Darius Henderson grabbed the 6th goal for Forest with a header.

A horror show.

Sean's Star Man - James Vaughan
The only player to show some fight in him.


Forest: Darlow, Halford, Ward (Collins 58), Guedioura, Jara, Reid, Cohen, Majewski, Lansbury (McGugan 68), Blackstock (Henderson 74), Cox.
Subs not used: Evtimov, Moussi, Greening, Sharp.

Town: Smithies, Woods, Lynch, P.Clarke, Hunt, Scannell (Arfield 46), Norwood (Gobern 58), Clayton, Danns, Vaughan, Novak (Sinnott 74).
Subs not used: Bennett, Dixon, Gerrard, Lee.

Attendance: 26,938 (1,452 Town fans)
Referee: Paul Tierney


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