Thursday May 12, 2011 Semifinal Finished City Ground

  1. Ten-man Swansea hold Forest

    Ten-man Swansea hold Forest

    Nottingham Forest could only manage a goalless draw against 10-man Swansea in the first leg of their Championship play-off semi-final. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Nottingham Forest
    • Swansea City
    • 90+5 Stalemate then. A surprise aftern the early sending off - credit to Swansea. Half-time overall, with the second leg in Wales on Monday!
    • 90+4 Moloney's cross hits Sinclair on the arm. Less of a handball than the penalty shout but given, free-kick on the right wing... A wild flap from De Vries as Chambers flies in but the ball spins behind for a goal kick.
    • 90+3 An Anderson cross almost flies all the way through but Rangel manages to knock out for a throw.
    • 90+2 Gunter it was an he has already been booked but is spared a second yellow.
    • 90+2 Swansea break after more Forest pressure, Rangel goes down off the ball and initially an advantage is played but after Dyer goes down Dean pulls it back...
    • 90+1 In the first of four minutes added time.
    • 90' McGugan tugs the shirt of Sinclair, who still gets away but eventually stops. Yellow card.
    • 89' Anderson again with a super ball but no-one can get on to it.
    • 88' Anderson on the right curls one in but no-one can make contact.
    • 87' McGugan to take... straight into the wall. He was shooting, should have crossed from that angle.
    • 86' Very high boot from Williams and now Forest have a free-kick a few yards shy of the box, on the right though..
    • 85' Gower it is... About six yards over. Dreadful.
    • 84' Cohen is pulling Moore and Swansea get a free-kick 25 yards out. The range of Borini and Dobbie, who are off, so Gower for me...
    • 83' Great interception by Gower as Gunter came across the middle. Now Dyer goes down, clever again to win a free-kick and he will stay down.
    • 82' Wasted corner, too high and out for a goal kick.
    • 81' Tipped behind by De Vries! Good stop from Anderson's smart first-time drive from 20 yards.
    • 81' Rangel takes down Gunter and is booked.
    • 80' The last 10 minutes has seen Forest rack up 87% possession. Wow.
    • 79' Great cross from Cohen AND TYSON FLIES IN WITH THE HEADER BUT HE MISSES! Shaves the side of his head and lands wide!
    • 77' FOREST SUB: Tudgay on for Boyd.
    • 76' Tyson with a super run across the edge of the goal, there's a wild tackle from Rangel but he rides it and shoots low but Williams blocks!
    • 75' Another McLeay cross is caught by De Vries. All day for him, a big man who likes it in the air.
    • 74' Nope, twas McKenna who came off. Knew it was an 'M'. McLeary gets a touch and drills a low ball near post but De Vries claims.
    • 73' Anderson was pushed by Tate as he headed the ball, but the ref gives a corner. Deary me. Was a free-kick or a goal kick. De Vries again punches.
    • 72' SWANSEA SUB: Gower on for Allen.
    • 72' FOREST SUB: McLeary and Tyson on for Earnshaw and Moloney. At least I think it's Moloney coming off. Will advise later.
    • 71' McGugan plays it in but De Vries likes a punch and fists it away.
    • 70' Boyd flicks it on, Earnshaw arriving with the shot but blocked. Corner.
    • 69' Long ball and down the other end Forest are all at see, Dyer is in, he takes it early with a low finish but what a save by Camp! Going the wrong way, no time to think but his reflexes save the day!
    • 69' Earnshaw scores! But no! The flag is up - correctly, he was well offside after Boyd's flick-on from McGugan's corner.
    • 68' Somehow that doesn't go in as Gunter's cross lands for Cohen whose shot hits a defender and trickles wide! They are convinced it was a penalty and rightly so - Tate handled!
    • 67' Moore turns and shoots from the edge of the box but too close to the keeper Camp.
    • 66' McKenna crosses to Boyd far post, he heads it back across goal but the flag is up for offside.
    • 65' Rangel hurls it in, cleared now and Anderson can counter, poor pass to Moloney though who is challenged by Sinclair.
    • 64' Dyer, who has been the best player on the park, gives Swansea a breather with a mazy run down the right, winning a throw.
    • 63' Cohen does well on the right, he feeds Moloney overlapping and a super low ball in is hacked away by Williams!
    • 62' Forest still bossing possession. This could be a long half hour for Swansea.
    • 61' McGugan on the ball now but Dyer is back defending again to clear. Now Sinclair down the other end has a half-chance but smacks it well over.
    • 60' McGugan shoots from range but weak and straight at De Vries.
    • 59' Dyer tries to dribble in on the right but McGugan and Gunter combine to clear. Monk fouls Boyd.
    • 58' Swansea buy some territory in an atypical manner as a long ball is knocked out for a throw.
    • 57' Borini is almost in tears as he limps off for Luke Moore. Hopefully just a strain.
    • 56' Borini is still down, holding his thigh it seems. Looks like his hamstring has gone. Oh dear.
    • 55' Borini is down, claiming an off-the-ball strike but play on as Earnshaw smacks it miles over after some great build-up play.
    • 54' This is more like it from Forest - they're dominating now.
    • 53' McGugan on the right, 30 yards out and he shoots, swerving all over the shop and kept out by De Vries! Almost drops to Boyd but he'd have been offside.
    • 52' Super move from Swansea, Dyer and Britton combining and Rangel in now but he overhits it and Chambers hoofs away.
    • 51' Forest camped on the edge of the Swans box until Borini brings it away, fouled by Morgan from behind, yellow card.
    • 50' Long from Tate but Camp reads the danger to beat Dyer to it.
    • 49' Swansea think they should have the throw but it goes Forest's way. Moloney tries to take it from the wrong place.
    • 48' Cohen gets down the right and Tate knocks it behind for a Forest corner. Good start to the half from the hosts. Anderson meets it but deflected off Rangel for another corner.
    • 47' Gunter is booked for a late challenge on Dyer.
    • 46' Early attack by the hosts as Earnshaw almost gets in but he delays and Tate is back to block.
    • 46' The second half is underway.
    • 45+2 The whistle goes for half-time, goalless but chances at both ends: despite going a man down after a minute, Swans have shaded it.
    • 45+2 Monk blocks McGugan's ball after a promising Forest move, now Swansea break and Sinclair with a great run and he slides Dyer in but good defending from Moloney to intercept.
    • 45+1 Cohen puts the corner in and Chambers attacks but, bodies all over the shop, he can only head well over. Two minutes added time.
    • 45' Allen's corner is cleared, Earnshaw to Boyd, smacked down the right and Anderson is in here, loads of space but a poor cross straight into the legs of the defender. Tate doesn't get a call when Gunter's cross was swung over, it was going out and there was no-one on him. Poor from his team-mates.
    • 44' The replay shows little contact if any. Swansea have it back though as Sinclair on the left wins a corner off Moloney.
    • 43' Morgan beats Borini to a high ball, the Italian goes down but play on.
    • 42' Good triangular passing from Forest until McGugan's heavy first touch allows Swansea to clear.
    • 41' De Vries with a big punch. Moloney pops it back in but De Vries claims before Earnshaw.
    • 40' Williams slides across on Anderson but Dean pulls it back for a foul in the build-up. Forest ball wide right, Cohen to curl in... Good ball too, almost creeps inside the far post but De Vries tips behind.
    • 39' Poor ball from Cohen though, well over everyone and dropping wide left. Borini chases Anderson, who gets the last touch. Swansea throw.
    • 38' De Vries smacks a clearance into touch as Forest build confidence after that Earnshaw chance. Then they have a corner as Williams mis-hits a clearance.
    • 37' Some lovely passing by Swansea but they give the ball away, although McGugan loses control of it and the visitors have a throw.
    • 36' Cohen with a super ball through for Boyd, space on the right and a great cross FOR EARNSHAW WITH A HALF-VOLLEY but a cracking stop by De Vries flying across to bat it out!
    • 35' Tate attacks but headed well wide.
    • 34' Wild clearance from McKenna after Swansea were allowed loads of time down the right. Corner.
    • 33' Dyer runs at Gunter but McGugan is back to tackle and bring it clear.
    • 32' Forest with a bit of time on the ball now as McGugan crosses but Williams heads away.
    • 31' Swansea are dominating this game, despite being a man down - 60% possession and all the chances. Sinclair now caught just offside.
    • 30' Dyer comes forward, wide to Borini on the left, loads of space for him and he shoots low, through Moloney's legs, Camp makes a bit of a meal of keeping it out and it drops for Borini again but his shot is blocked!
    • 29' Swansea have a free-kick just on halfway now. Taken short, all the way back to De Vries.
    • 28' Earnshaw exchanges passes with Anderson as Forest come forward but Swans have men behind the ball and clear.
    • 27' Wasteful ball from Williams, long and high and out for a throw. Not very Swansea.
    • 26' Good tackle from Monk, who has been excellent since coming on, as Morgan almost found Earnshaw.
    • 25' Borini closes down Morgan, who does well to get it away. Swansea come again though, until a heavy touch from Dyer gives it back to the hosts.
    • 24' Almost another good Swans move as they pass rings around Forest before Camp beats Dyer to the through ball.
    • 23' Swansea almost scramble it in at the corner too, Camp batting it out before a defender hacks it away from the melee of bodies!
    • 22' Great effort by Borini, over the wall and dipping late, very quick and tipped over by Camp! A touch of the Ronaldo about that, or Drogba even.
    • 22' Gunter trips Dyer 25-30 yards out... Borini fancies this...
    • 21' De Vries takes his time with a clearance as Earnshaw does not opt to close him down.
    • 20' Borini is given loads of space on the left and he gets one-on-one with Camp who saves well at his near post. The angle was very tight for Borini but he should not have been let in there! Chambers at fault.
    • 19' Forest finally get a touch of the ball, keeping it at the back before moving forward.
    • 18' Swansea don't look like an away side, let alone one down to 10 men. They are holding on to the ball patiently, Forest haven't had much of a look in. That could change when legs tire.
    • 16' Camp has to be quick out of his box to beat Borini to a long ball that caught the defence napping.
    • 15' Rangel shows where he is useful with a good run and a hanging curling cross that beats Camp all-ends up but just evades the far post, where Dyer was waiting.
    • 14' Comfortable take for De Vries. His fellow Dutchman Ferrie Bodde - arguably the best player at the club, and in the division - has had a total nightmare with injuries. He was set for a Premier League move before his knee trouble 30 months ago and, if Swans are promoted, could well be in the top flight the next time he kicks a ball.
    • 13' Gunter from the left but his cross is headed out by Monk. Rangel nowhere again.
    • 12' Anderson bombs forward but Monk slides in to stop him in his tracks. Good challenge.
    • 11' Sweeping attack from Swansea as Dyer heads it away from Morgan before drawing a foul. Poor free-kick though, swung into touch by Britton.
    • 10' Forest have the advantage now but a loose ball from Moloney spins out for a Swans throw.
    • 9' Played in low by Allen, Sinclair almost meets it but mis-kicked. Kept in and Allen has another pop but Tate's second cross is out for a goal kick.
    • 8' Swansea get a corner on the left after a good run from Dyer, helped by Sinclair.
    • 7' What a start. In the build-up to that red card there had been a late tackle on Forest's Moloney too, from Rangel, but that quickly became irrelevant.
    • 6' After a good spell on the ball for Swansea Forest break, wide from Boyd to Earnshaw who sees a load of space on the left but shoots instead of pulling it back for Boyd.
    • 5' Swansea are good at keeping the ball and that's what they'll need to do tonight...
    • 4' Swansea just about clear, they want to make a change but Forest are keeping the ball in play... Now it's out and Garry Monk can come on for poor Stephen Dobbie.
    • 3' Cohen whips in the free-kick, Chambers's header is deflected wide. Corner.
    • 2' Neil Taylor is sent off! Straight red card! McGugan is still receiving treatment for that tackle. The replay shows where he made contact too - crown jewels.
    • 1' Taylor takes out McGugan late! Studs up! This could be a red card! A bit of a melee, McGugan is rolling about on the floor...
    • 1' The first half is underway at the City Ground!
    • 19:40 Brendan Rodgers insists his Swansea side aren't feeling the pressure: "We will just continue to play with no pressure. Monday we will be back in preparing. I just need to keep taking the pressure off the players because how we play, trying to make 600, 700, 800 passes a game, you have to be confident and you have to want the ball." Rodgers: No play-off pressure
    • 19:35 Billy Davies wants to return Forest to the big time. "My motivation - the reason I joined this club, this sleeping giant - is that Forest, clearly, belong in the Premier League. When I spoke to the chairman about taking this job, we agreed that, over a three-and-a-half-year period, our joint challenge would be to get this club into the Premier League. That is why I came here and I would be delighted to take this club there, there is no doubt about it." Davies aims to end long wait
    • 19:30 So Forest don't pull off any major surprises as Rob Earnshaw returns in place of Marcus Tudgay, while McKenna replaces Moussi, who doesn't make the bench. For Swansea Alan Tate gets the nod over skipper Garry Monk while Darren Pratley and Mark Gower miss out in midfield.
    • 19:25 SWANSEA TEAM: De Vries, Rangel, Williams, Tate, Taylor, Allen, Britton, Dyer, Dobbie, Sinclair, Borini
    • 19:20 FOREST TEAM: Camp, Gunter, Morgan, Chambers, Moloney, Anderson, McKenna, McGugan, Cohen, Boyd, Earnshaw
    • 19:15 Rodgers, meanwhile, has a full squad to choose from and thus a mini-dilemma regarding selection.
    • 19:10 Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Lee Camp and midfielder Guy Moussi are both fit. Both players were substituted against Crystal Palace on the final day of the regular season after suffering minor knocks at Selhurst Park. Defender Joel Lynch and forwards Robert Earnshaw, Robbie Findley and Nathan Tyson were rested against Palace and will come back into the squad.
    • 19:05 The last time these sides played Swans won 3-2 at the Liberty Stadium, thanks to a brace from Fabio Borini and a goal from Scott Sinclair - two players known to boss Brendan Rodgers from their time at Chelsea. That was seven weeks back. Forest won 3-1 at the City Ground in September though, thanks to goals from Lewis McGugan and Radowslaw Majewski.
    • 19:00 Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of the first Championship play-off semi final as Nottingham Forest host Swansea, kick-off at 7.45pm UK time.
  • Summary

    • 81' Tipped behind by De Vries! Good stop from Anderson's smart first-time drive from 20 yards.
    • 79' Great cross from Cohen AND TYSON FLIES IN WITH THE HEADER BUT HE MISSES! Shaves the side of his head and lands wide!
    • 76' Tyson with a super run across the edge of the goal, there's a wild tackle from Rangel but he rides it and shoots low but Williams blocks!
    • 69' Long ball and down the other end Forest are all at see, Dyer is in, he takes it early with a low finish but what a save by Camp! Going the wrong way, no time to think but his reflexes save the day!
    • 69' Earnshaw scores! But no! The flag is up - correctly, he was well offside after Boyd's flick-on from McGugan's corner.
    • 68' Somehow that doesn't go in as Gunter's cross lands for Cohen whose shot hits a defender and trickles wide! They are convinced it was a penalty and rightly so - Tate handled!
    • 53' McGugan on the right, 30 yards out and he shoots, swerving all over the shop and kept out by De Vries! Almost drops to Boyd but he'd have been offside.
    • 40' Williams slides across on Anderson but Dean pulls it back for a foul in the build-up. Forest ball wide right, Cohen to curl in... Good ball too, almost creeps inside the far post but De Vries tips behind.
    • 36' Cohen with a super ball through for Boyd, space on the right and a great cross FOR EARNSHAW WITH A HALF-VOLLEY but a cracking stop by De Vries flying across to bat it out!
    • 30' Dyer comes forward, wide to Borini on the left, loads of space for him and he shoots low, through Moloney's legs, Camp makes a bit of a meal of keeping it out and it drops for Borini again but his shot is blocked!
    • 23' Swansea almost scramble it in at the corner too, Camp batting it out before a defender hacks it away from the melee of bodies!
    • 22' Great effort by Borini, over the wall and dipping late, very quick and tipped over by Camp! A touch of the Ronaldo about that, or Drogba even.
    • 20' Borini is given loads of space on the left and he gets one-on-one with Camp who saves well at his near post. The angle was very tight for Borini but he should not have been let in there! Chambers at fault.
    • 2' Neil Taylor is sent off! Straight red card! McGugan is still receiving treatment for that tackle. The replay shows where he made contact too - crown jewels.
    • 19:25 SWANSEA TEAM: De Vries, Rangel, Williams, Tate, Taylor, Allen, Britton, Dyer, Dobbie, Sinclair, Borini
    • 19:20 FOREST TEAM: Camp, Gunter, Morgan, Chambers, Moloney, Anderson, McKenna, McGugan, Cohen, Boyd, Earnshaw

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