Nottingham Forest 1 – 1 Charlton Athletic

Charlton and Nottingham Forest had drawn 10 and 7 games respectively before their encounter at the City Ground; so another stalemate was always a predictable result. Both sides managers, Stuart Pearce and Bob Peeters were in agreement that the match probably merited a draw with Pearce labeling it a “match of two halves”. Forest were without the Championships top scorer as Britt Assombalonga picked up a red card in his last outing meaning that Jamie Paterson had a rare start in his absence. Thomas Ince also started in a new look Forest attack with one forward and pace out wide. The visitors lined up in a similar fashion, top scorer Igor Vetokele leading the line with support from Icelandic international Johann Gudmundsson and Jordan Cousins.

The first half was played at a rather flat pace, with a poor atmosphere inside the stadium. This changed when Callum Harriott’s left foot strike deflected past Karl Darlow bringing the 1000+ away fans to life. Forest didn’t really turn up in the first half, with ambient passing around the middle of the park but no penetration. If it weren’t great Darlow save from a Vetokele header then the visitors would have gone in at the break 2-0 to the good.

The second half however was a juxtaposition of the first; Forest upped the tempo massively with almost every player putting in much more of a shift. Peeters admitted after the match that his side struggled to deal with the pressure and this pressure told when Robert Tesche smashed in a worldy, chesting the ball down 30 yards out before unleashing a venomous half volley into the net. Just before this Forest had what looked to be a very strong penalty claim turned down, a decision Stuart Pearce believed was incorrect (the fourth official must have missed it). Forest continued to push for the winning goal until around the 75th minute, when the side seemed to fatigue and the tempo died down. The Addicks were running down the clock in the latter stages looking uninterested in trying to snatch a win, as both sides seemed to accept a point each.

Nottingham Forest

Karl Darlow Got Forest into the break only one goal down, and it was one he could never have saved 7.0
Eric Lichaj Didn’t cope with the pace of Cousins very well, and was slow going forward 4.0
Michael Mancienne So cool on the ball and not afraid to foray forward with it, but struggled sometimes when the ball was put into the box 6.0
Jamaal Lascelles Shocking distribution, would pass backwards when a better touch would let Forest keep attacking 4.0
Danny Fox Useless with the ball at his feet and caught out of position several times when Charlton broke down the right. Very one footed meaning some simple passes caused him problems 3.5
Tom Ince Had probably his best game in a red shirt although was still extremely frustrating. Beating Fox several times before failing to pick out a red shirt and squandered a great chance with the score a 1-0 6.5
Ben Osborn Outshone Lansbury easily, had a great first touch and found space intelligently. 7.5
Henri Lansbury Got a stupid yellow card (his ninth of the season) and did next to nothing for his side, showed one glimpse of potential at the end of the 1st half but fluffed his shot. subbed at HT for an injury which may explain this. 4.0
Michail Antonio Was Forests one omnipresent threat, always looked dangerous whether up against young Fox or Chris Solly. Put a few good balls in the box that a better target man would have profited from 8.0
Jamie Paterson put in a good case to be a regular starter under Pearce, with a few shots going just wide and he should have been awarded a penalty 7.0
Matty Fryatt Has a good touch and is a very intelligent footballer he always uses all his experience to aid him, but really did not do enough with the amount of time he had the ball at his feet. Wasn’t dominant in the air and rarely got a shot in. 5.0

Substitutions

Robert Tesche Scored the goal which Forest deserved, but it came via Tesche’s fantastic individual effort, with bonus points for the double flip celebation. Looked very good in the second half 8.0
Dexter Blackstock Subbed on later than some wanted and for the wrong player, as he came of for Ince the crosses that Fryatt had be receiving stopped coming. had once half chance which Pope saved fairly easily 5.5

Charlton Athletic

Nick Pope The giant keeper caught anything near him all game, making it harder fr forest to find their men from crosses. Also got down well to stop a few shots 7.5
Chris Solly Got taken-on round the outside a few times by the pacey Antonio, also got caught up the pitch once or twice but overall had a decent match 5.5
Tal Ben Haim The vastly experienced defender had a good match along side Andre Bikey, heading a few crosses right off a Forest players head 8.0
Andre Bikey Held tight under pressure as they won anything in the air and in the latter stages muted the threat of Dexter Blackstock 7.0
Morgan Fox Had a very good first half, but much like his side was second best in the second. Ince and later Antonio had him on a platter at times as they attacked down the right 4.5
Johnnie Jackson Was subbed off fairly early on as he picked up a knock, with Charlton not wanting to risk their captain 5.0
Francis Coquelin The Arsenal loanee had some nice touches and good interplay when Charlton were coming forward, but lived dangerously in his tackling, diving in a few times 6.0
Callum Harriott Scored what was, despite taking a deflection, still a good goal. and was really Charlton’s main threat all game with Vetokele reasonably quiet 8.0
Johann Gudmundsson Got forward and tracked back helping the Addicks get on top in the first half, got one over on Danny Fox a few times but didn’t have any end product 7.0
Jordan Cousins Had pace and a few good runs but not much else 6.0
Igor Vetokele Barely touched the ball in the second half as the visitors went route one and the 5 foot 8 Angolan struggled to get to airel balls. His one moment came when his header forced Karl Darlow to produce a great save to keep the reds in the game 4.5

Substitutions

Lawrie Wilson Playing in centre midfield Wilson had a quiet game, sitting deep and not really doing much worth noting 8.0
Frederic Bulot A 92nd minute sub N/A

 

Man of the Match

Michail Antonio: It could be given to either of the away sides centre backs both had great games but from an excitement point of view Antonio wins hands down. He got fans on the edge of their seat with a sense of anticipation around the stadium whenever he gets one on one with a defender. He may not have scored today but on another day one of his several good crosses would be headed in or shots find their way into the bottom corner.  8.0

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