Friday, 24 January 2014
Nottingham Forest 0 v Preston North End 0 - FA Cup 4th Round
FA Cup 4th Round
Nottingham Forest 0
Preston North End 0
Admission £10, Programme £2
Attendance 26,465 (inc. 2,055 in the away end)
Darlow, Lichaj, Collins, Reid, Mackie (Abdoun, 60), Halford, Jara, Paterson, Vaughan, Majewski (Derbyshire, 78), Cox (Henderson, 60).
Unused Subs - Harding, Moussi, Lascelles, De Vries.
Preston North End:
Rudd, Wiseman, Buchanan, Kilkenny (Hume, 83), Clarke, Wright, Humphrey (Holmes, 71), Welsh, Garner (King, 86), Brownhill, Gallagher.
Unused Subs - Stuckmann, Keane, Laird, Beavon.
Preston defended well as a unit tonight, sometimes putting ten men behind the ball ... and they succeeded in stifling Forest's forwards of any service, by packing out the last third.
Not that the home side ever gave much of an impression that they were exactly busting a gut to provide any cutting edge and penetration to add the the long spells of possession they enjoyed.
But from then on in, this was a game of very few noteworthy chances, a real anti-climax ... and the few scraps of inventiveness we did see in front of goal, came from the visitors in the main, apart from one Andy Reid effort for the Reds in the second half.
Billy Davies on the other hand conceded that Forest had got what they deserved on this rain lashed and miserable night at the City Ground ... and he was right, they put very little in and couldn't really of had any complaints if the visitors had snatched a winning goal late on, when Karl Darlow, the Forest keeper, kept his side in this season's FA Cup.
Well, I haven't actually checked what date it is on yet, but I'm sure I was planning to stay in and wash my hair that night.
Preston arrived in Nottingham with a rigid formula and game plan, designed to frustrate the home side, so fair play to them, they admirably stuck to their task and doggedly earned themselves a second chance to turn over their Championship opponents on home turf.
But I hope, that for the benefit of the supporters who turn up for the sequel, that both teams are slightly more cavalier than they were tonight.