Time to plant the Forest again

Thomas Rooney brings us his views on the goings on at The City Ground.

For those of you that have read my pieces on here before, you will know that I am a massive Norwich City fan. I wanted to discuss something different today though – Steve McLaren and Nottingham Forest.

Actually, just quickly, I can’t resist a quick mention of all things Norwich. To be honest, us Canaries are fairly happy with life at the moment. The only really disappointing result was the 1-0 defeat against West Brom a few weeks ago.

However, since then, we have beaten Bolton and Sunderland and held our own at Old Trafford. In fact, if we had taken our chances against the Premier League champions, we would have got at least a point, something we deserved on reflection. Continue reading

90 Minutes from greatness

So after 27 hours of celebrating Swansea’s, Abigail Davies has woken up from her celebrations to realise that the dream was true – Swansea City would be going to Wembley and one step from the Premier League.

The Swans went into the second leg of the play off semi final against Nottingham Forest with a fundamental advantage having held Billy Davies’ side to a 0-0 draw at The City Ground, despite playing almost the whole game with 10 men.

Brendan Rodgers side were without Neil Taylor for the game after the left back’s appeal against his red card was unsuccessful.

Swansea went into the game in great form having kept clean sheets in four of their previous five games – only conceding 11 league goals at The Liberty all season.

The home side got the game under way and were quick to show their intent with Dyer having a shot within the opening 2 minutes as Dobbie threaded the ball through for the winger, who’s attempt was blocked by Lee Camp. Borini was next to try his luck moments later, however his effort was also blocked. Continue reading

One foot on Wembley way

Abi Davies reports on the first leg of the nPower Championship play offs and potentially the first foot on the road to Wembley.

After play-off heartache at this stage of last season, Billy Davies Nottingham Forest went into Thursday’s semi-final first leg hoping for better fortune, as they faced a Swansea side who are bidding for promotion to the promised land after a 28 year absence. Forest had lost four of their previous six play off games, winning just one.

Having scored 10 goals in their last four games whilst conceding just one, Swansea are showing that they are real contenders for promotion, posing a bigger threat in front of goal as well as looking solid at the back.

Swansea had kept back to back clean sheets ahead of their tie at The City Ground however they knew they would face a tough challenge trying to add to this as Billy Davies’ side had been in rich vein of form in front of goal scoring 14 goals in their previous four games.

Brendan Rodgers kept faith with the eleven that claimed an emphatic 4-0 victory over Sheffield United last Saturday, as Ashley Williams lined up to make his 150th start for The Swans. Continue reading

Debut delight for Borini as the Swans get back to winning ways

Abi Davies brings us some good news at last from The Liberty Stadium

Another Chelsea cast off

The Swans remain 3rd going into the international break after their 3-2 victory at home over Nottingham Forest. A super Scott Sinclair strike and a début double from Fabio Borini saw off the challenge of fellow promotion contenders Forest.

The majority of speculation prior to kick off surrounded the capture of Italian youngster Fabio Borini who completed his loan move to South Wales in midweek. Continue reading

“If Heskey can play for England so can Jay”

Celebrating another debut goal

Two weeks ago Fabio Cappello announced his provisional England squad for the World Cup of 30.  For some reason the Italian, as a number of the predecessors did, thinks that Emile Heskey is the answer to all of our problems.  The lumbering, accident prone striker was picked ahead of Carlton Cole for instance who would give the team so many more options.

And if Heskey’s good enough for England, then so is Jason Lee.  And why not?  The ex-Forest player has just finished his 22nd season as a player with Ilkeston Town in the Blue Square North league, his 17th club.  Whilst journeyman may be a tag some give him, those who know Jason will know he is a model professional who gives 100% at whatever club he is plying his trade at.  His goal record is impressive – 118 goals in 588 games gives him a strike rate on a par with Heskey. Continue reading