So it finished at Elland Road Leeds United 3-7 Nottingham Forest. Yes, that’s SEVEN. You’d certainly be forgiven for not quite believing it, given that a postponement was just about the best result Forest had had all season. Until tonight, of course. Had this result been achieved by Billy Davies’ promotion-chasing Nottingham Forest, we’d still have thought that the number 7 on the Elland Road scoreboard was actually a 1. The Reds had scored just 33 goals in the league this season and not even the most optimistic of fans renting houses in Cloud Cuckoo Land could have anticipated the events that were to transpire in West Yorkshire this evening. In all honesty, we weren’t even expecting a goal, let alone such a resounding victory. Especially after such as poor show at Pride Park last week.
After a bright start to the game, to our complete lack of surprise, we went a goal down to a Robert Snodgrass penalty, with the game just five minutes old. But the Reds didn’t hang around long for an equaliser, with Adlène Guedioura cracking in a stunning 30-yard strike three minutes later. After that, Forest hardly looked back. Goals from Garath McCleary and Dexter Blackstock either side of half time gave the Tricky Trees a 1-3 lead, before a slight wobble saw them pegged back to 3-3 with goals by Luciano Becchio and Michael Brown within three minutes. Normal service was resumed we all thought. Until McCleary added two more, with Blackstock rounding off a stunning win nine minutes from time. And there it was. Forest have become the first team ever to hit Leeds for seven in the league in their own back yard, courtesy of some sublime finishing. Something which was distinctly lacking under Steve McClaren and has continued to be during Steve Cotterill’s tenure on Trentside!
It’s always painful losing against your local rivals, but Derby County’s poxy little 1-0 win already feels like a distant memory (incidentally, they were turned over at Brighton earlier). Forest will also be delighted to settle a score with Leeds, after an abject display against the Whites back in November (not to mention the crushing 4-1 defeat at Elland Road last season, when Chris Cohen was at the wrong end of one of the worst refereeing decisions in the history of the game, which was 100 per cent responsible for Forest’s downfall that day). Simon Grayson probably thought 0-4 was a pretty good result! Neil Warnock meanwhile, had been hailed by many Forest supporters as the only man capable of rescuing us from the depths of certain relegation until he was appointed to succeed Grayson at Elland Road, while Cotterill couldn’t even succeed with Manchester City on Footy Manager and was utterly powerless to stop the Reds’ slide into League One. Funny how football can be. Very, very funny. I can’t stop laughing at this: Leeds United 3-7 Nottingham Forest. Let’s just say it one more time for our own enjoyment. Leeds United 3-7 Nottingham Forest. The long-suffering Forest fans have more than earned it.
Obviously we don’t want to be getting carried away. But we all agree, McCleary is better than Messi…