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Nottm Forest vs Crystal Palace
 2 - 0 
Tue Mar 23 19:45:00 GMT 2010
The City Ground
A Hall

The home side came into this game knowing a victory in this one would equal a club record of eleven straight home wins on the spin. Paul Hart returned to The City Ground with his Palace team battling for points in their struggle against relegation and made one change bringing in Stern John for the injured Nick Carle.


An early blow for Palace as Danny Butterfield had to leave the field with an injury in the opening minutes and was replaced at right back by Johnny Ertl whilst Sean Scannell came on into midfield.

The first save of the evening was made by Julian Speroni as he dived low to his right to turn an eleventh minute Paul Anderson shot around his own post for the first corner of the night.

Forest enjoyed the majority of posession in the early stages and Clint Hill cleared the danger from a cross by Radoslaw Majewski and just before the half hour mark Speroni saved a shot from distance by Robert Earnshaw.

Palace's first real chance at goal came from a free kick by Darren Ambrose, typical style from the winger as he drilled a shot right footed from 35 yards out and it had to be turned around the post by 'keeper Lee Camp.

The visitors came into the game more as the half reached its conclusion and a corner from Ambrose found Alan Lee but his header went straight to Camp for a comfortable save.

A tremendous strike in added time of the half seperated the two sides at the break though as Wes Morgan's right footed shot from 25 yards out gave Speroni no chance after he picked up a pass across the field by Anderson.

This goal was cruel on Palace as they had just enjoyed a good spell in the game but went in at the break behind as that home record stayed intact for the Forest.

As in the first half Palace lost a man in the opening stages of the half but this time it was a dismissal. Matt Lawrence handled as he was being put under pressure by Earnshaw to collect a ball played upfield. The referee produced his eighth red card of the season straight away and Palace were down in numbers and facing another suspension.

Palace were now for the second time in a week chasing a deficit with ten men.

Just before the hour mark Hill was the man again to block a chance from Luke Chambers and minutes later it was Ertl's turn to be the last man as Chris Cohen sent over a cross from the right.

Once again Ambrose provided the better of the visitors chances from one of his set piece routines. Lee was fouled by Chambers and this time the winger's free kick had to be tipped over the bar by Camp.

A change was made from the bench by Hart as Calvin Andrew came on for John with eleven minutes remaining.

It was not long though before the home side increased their advantage through Nathan Tyson. The substitute collected the ball from Anderson's pass on the left hand side and took the ball past Speroni and from an acute angle slotted the ball into an empty net and go one step further to equalling the club's impressive consecutive home victories record.

In the closing stages the home side were enjoying the player advantage and had further opportunities against a hard working Palace team. Ertl blocked a close range Dexter Blackstock header and Hill cleared at the post from a Chris Cohen corner.

In added time Billy Davies could have seen his side seal the win with a third but Cohen put his chance over the bar from Tyson's cross with Speroni to beat.

The 400 travelling support will have been pleased with their sides endeavour having played much of the second half a player down but at the end of the night they remain in the bottom three with other results around the country going against them.









Nottingham Forest vs Crystal Palace
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 Match Information
  Nottm Forest Crystal Palace
Goals : 2 0
Possession : 49% 51%
Shots On Target : 6 4
Shots Off Target : 3 1
Corners : 9 4
Fouls : 12 7
Most Fouls : Blackstock (3) Lee (3)
Yellow Cards : 2 1
Red Cards :
Lawrence 51
Scorers :
Morgan 45 + 3
Tyson 82
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