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A Match To Remember: Nottingham Forest

30 December 2020

We go back to September 2008 for our latest look back at a game against our upcoming opponents, when Alan Irvine's Lilywhites continued their positive start to what would end up being a Play-Off campaign.

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30 December 2020

It was a game where North End continued their good form to beat a Nottingham Forest side who had then lost four on the trot.

After a goalless first half, the home side took the lead when the impressive Darren Carter crossed for Youl Mawene to head in on 50 minutes.

But the visitors had chances and former Manchester United sharp-shooter Andrew Cole fired wide from six yards for Forest and they were punished for the miss when a sweeping move ended with Neil Mellor nodding in just before the hour mark.

Mawene diverted Lee Martin's cross into his own net to give PNE a nervy finish, but they held on for a deserved win.

After the game manager Alan Irvine said: “The boys are absolutely delighted at the moment. They are full of themselves. But the players are sensible not to get carried away or anything.

“It's important the staff keep on demanding the very high standards from them. We need to keep on getting better.

“There's no way I would even be thinking about promotion at the moment, maybe when there are six games left, other than six games gone.”

Nottingham Forest manager Colin Calderwood added: “It was an elementary mistake for the first goal and we find ourselves behind.

"It was as bad a goal as I have ever seen us give away , it is not as if it rocketed into the net. There are one or two who are not taking responsibility, it always seems to be someone else's fault.”

PNE line-up: Lonergan, Hart, Mawene, St. Ledger, Jones, Nicholson, Carter, McKenna, Sedgwick (Wallace, 82), Parkin, Mellor (Elliott, 86). Subs not used: C Neal, Jarrett, Whaley.

Nottingham Forest line-up: Smith, Morgan (Chambers, 80), Wilson, Breckin, Perch, Martin (Thornhill, 80), Cohen, Moussi, McCleary, Cole (Tyson, 72), Earnshaw. Subs not used: Roberts, Sinclair.

Attendance: 13,145

Referee: Colin Webster (Tyne & Wear)

You can watch Saturday’s game live on iFollow PNE. Jonathan Breeze and former North End and Forest skipper Paul McKenna are in the Deepdale hot seats bringing all the action live from just after 2.30pm. Click here now to sign up for an iFollow PNE match pass for just £10.


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