Nottingham Forest 1 Charlton Athletic 1
A draw! Our 11th of the season. Most Addicks would have taken that, although if you had us down for a draw on the Pools, you wouldn’t have been surprised!
I was out most of the day, so had to rely on quick glances, but after losing so heartbreakingly last week, it was great to hear us start today with such poise, and a goal, from Callum Harriott, and very well worked it sounded too.
He’s a bit of an enigma, is Harriott. Not our first, but certainly the latest. For every trick that he possesses he appears to suffer losses of concentration, but playing more centrally may help him, he will certainly see more of the ball.
Harriott played well last week I thought and it would be great to see him grow into this advanced role where has the pace to hurt defences. Hopefully he has the confidence and consistency.
Those there were frustrated to see us spurn a couple of other chances in the first half. Igor had a powerful diving header saved, and Wilson’s follow up was blocked.
However you don’t go to a place like the City Ground and dominate for 90 minutes, especially with their squad and especially if you have someone like Stuart Pearce being allowed to give a half-time talk.
“We had one or two reasonably critical words at half time, but they were constructive ones.” I bet they were Stu.
So, sure enough we had to dig deep in the 2nd period, but we did, and Nick Pope made a couple of critical saves, only conceding to a wordly by all accounts.
One negative was Johnnie Jackson getting injured after 20 minutes, but other than that, my glass is half full!
Around the League: Derby thrashed Brighton 3-0, all the goals coming in the first 20 minutes and I wonder how long Sami Hyypia will survive on the south coast. Bournemouth came from behind to win at Wolves 2-1, Huddersfield beat Brentford 2-1 and Ipswich won again, beating Leeds 4-1. The divisions’s top scorers were Middlesbrough hitting five at The Den and Blackpool beat Birmingham to put a smile on Lee Clark’s face.