Sticky Times continue for Forest, after Billy Davies continued his one man demolition of the club in this pulsating mess of a match at the New Den. The controversial Glaswegian was, according to sources near the club, solely responsible for a horrendous injury list which left his side weakened and disjointed and unable to dominate Steve Lomas's cheap and cheerful East End battlers.
The desperately low morale of the Forest side was evident after only six minutes, when Henry Lansbury's wayward drive appeared to be a swipe at the coaching methods of under fire manager Davies. It came as no surprise when, minutes later, unsettled American Eric Lichaj's weak header presented a chance to Mewo star Steve Morison, whose half volley zipped past Karl Darlow in the Forest goal. Davies later described Lichaj as a "sloppy player" in a typically intemperate rant, possibly indicative of his increasingly desperate struggle to impose his authority on a disillusioned dressing room.
Mewo continued to press, buoyed by the abject response of a Forest team rendered clueless, it would appear, by Davies' tactical ignorance. The Scottish firebrand's malign influence could be seen most vividly in the performance of Chelsea and England starlet Nathaniel Chalobah, whose wasteful concession of the ball nearly led to a Mewo second. Chalobah is reportedly unhappy at Davies' Forest, and Davies has hit back by describing Chalobah as "needing time to adjust".
After being denied a stonewall penalty by a blatantly biased referee, Mewo were rocked by a Forest equaliser. Irish international Andy Reid, reportedly unhappy at Davies' refusal to offer him a contract, lashed angrily at the ball and watched it sneak into the bottom corner of David Forde's net. This led to a brief period of Forest pressure which ended with a weak shot from Mackie, whose scoring record under Davies has been disappointing.
The second half saw Mewo wrest back the advantage from their expensively assembled opponents with a smart goal from bargain basement man Martin Woolford, though their joy was short lived when out of contract Reid swung in a corner onto the head of Chalobah and the frustrated Chelsea starlet planted it into the net.
Davies sent on forwards Matt Derbyshire and Djamal Abdoun in a frenzied attempt to waste time, but, apart from yet another unfathomable penalty denial from a stubbornly prejudiced referee, there was no further goalmouth action in a match which tested the Glaswegian's managerial credentials to breaking point. His extraordinary confrontation with a match photographer was ample evidence of his loss of control, both of his team's performance and, perhaps, his own peace of mind.
Forest fans were displeased by their team's display, but most criticism was reserved for their under fire manager. "I've been supporting Forest since before my operation," said one lifelong supporter, "but I don't think I've seen a worse Forest performance in my life. The sooner we get rid of this poisonous little man the better for all of us. Ian Hologram's the man for me. At least he'd bring us some stability, with his bucolic humour."
Irish international Andy Reid reflected the turmoil at Forest when his post match comments bore all the hallmarks of a pre-scripted Davies' response:
“We’re disappointed not to have won the game but we showed a lot of resilience to fight back twice," said the grudgingly coached midfielder. "Millwall make it really difficult but at times I thought we played some great football.
Their second goal was crucial but the lads showed good spirit to hit back. We’re relatively happy with a draw and we might look back on this as an excellent point come the end of the season.”
Forest lie a lowly seventh in the Championship, with games running out as fast as owner Fawaz Al-Hasawi's patience.
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