Nottingham Forest Win But West Brom Held To A Draw

Nottingham Forest returned to their winning ways tonight with a good 1-0 win at home to Sheffield United, but Cardiff City held West Brom 1-1 in South Wales.

Nottingham Forest got a dream start at home to Sheffield United when Robert Earnshaw put Forest ahead after only 4 minutes.

Then after 46 minutes Sheffield had Darius Henderson sent off, which made it a little easier For Nottingham Forest to get only their second win in their last five league games.

At Cardiff, the home side got off to a good start when Peter Whittingham converted a penalty after only 8 minutes, but then just before the break, Gianni Zuiverloon equalized and there were not more goals in the second half.

Considering it was at Cardiff, it was a decent point for West Brom, and that solitary point puts them back at the top of the Championship on 60 points, the same as Newcastle, but WBA have a slightly better goal difference.

Nottingham Forest are on 58 points, but Newcastle have two games in hand on Forest and one game in hand on WBA.

That game is of course tomorrow night against Coventry City, and we have to hope we can get the win.

In other Championship games tonight Blackpool beat Middlesbrough at home 2-0, and Leicester City  could only draw away 1-1 at Bristol City, and Swansea, who played so well on Saturday,  were also held 1-1 at Plymouth Argyle.

Comments welcome.

17 comments so far

  • Doocey

    Feb 16, 2010 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #1

    You’re quick on the ‘auld keyboard Edward! 😀

  • SGToon

    Feb 16, 2010 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #2

    1st… As it is, with 16 matches to be played, its the business end of the season for our lads. Its no good hoping WBA and Forest drop points so we end the season with automatic promotion.

    Rather, I want to see our lads grind out wins and our games in hand. It wouldnt matter what WBA or Forest do if we did our best to win all our remaining games.


  • SGToon

    Feb 16, 2010 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #3

    Dang.. Doocey beat me to it 🙁

  • Tom4Nufc

    Feb 16, 2010 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #4

    That’s known as EPIC FAIL SGToon 😀 ! And I agree, just win em all and nobody can do anything to stop promotion!

  • SGToon

    Feb 16, 2010 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #5

    EPIC FAILzzzz… sigh… so harsh. 🙁

    Anyway, forgive me if I use an old cliche to describe our situation – “Its our promotion to lose”

    We have it in our grasp, if the lads show enough grit, skill, determination and to prove they really want promotion with winning perfomances in the last 16 matches.

  • Turkish Magpie

    Feb 16, 2010 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #6

    I think this season has really shown us who our players really are, notice we’ve dropped points in nearly every game we’ve played without Coloccini, our recent form has shown who our key players are (Enrique, Gutierez) and how players that have good starts to the season aren’t neccisarily consistent performers (Ameobi, Nolan) also some players have shown they can be brilliant, but only on their day (Guthrie, Pancake)

    If we get promoted i think the following team is needed to firmly keep our place in the prem

    GK: Harper

    RB: New Signing
    CB: Coloccini
    CB: STaylor

    RM: New Signing
    CM:Nolan/New Signing
    CM: Barton/ New Signing
    LM: Jonas

    ST: Carroll/ New Signing
    ST: New Signing

    SUBS: Krul, Kadar, Williamson, New Signing (winger)/ Routledge, Smith, Ranger, New Singing (Striker)

  • Turkish Magpie

    Feb 16, 2010 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #7

    Any agreements? (ignore the last ” ST: “

  • Thump

    Feb 17, 2010 at 12:34 AM

    Comment #8

    Don’t we have a game in hand still?

  • ToonAsia

    Feb 17, 2010 at 12:45 AM

    Comment #9

    @Turkish Magpie

    where’s guthrie? do u planning on selling him?

  • ksmit

    Feb 17, 2010 at 1:17 AM

    Comment #10

    Picked up FIFA2008 today to pass some time and thought the starting line up in the game might be interesting to some people… Sad that I don’t really feel that the line up back then was better than the one we have now:
    Beye, Cacapa (called capaca in game), rozenhal and enrique
    Emre, geremi, barton, n’zog
    Martins, owen.

    So was that really a much better line up than what we have now?

  • toonboyjake

    Feb 17, 2010 at 2:27 AM

    Comment #11

    given beye and emre were all good and we still have barton and enrique but the rest were timewasting, lazy moneygrabbers

  • Darling27

    Feb 17, 2010 at 6:37 AM

    Comment #12

    We need to get the job done tonight. Time to put some pressure on the chasing pack.

    Howay The Lads!!!

  • lesh

    Feb 17, 2010 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #13

    Let’s hope for less of the “we know what we’ve gotta do” and “we owe the fans….” etc platitudes and Hughton just kicks some backsides and the lads play for their pride!

  • Archie Mag

    Feb 17, 2010 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #14


    Agree with your summary of the team for next season, but I think we’ll be lucky if we get that much of a face lift, especially if Hughton stays on.

    Nothing against Chris but I think he’ll def want to give Routledge another shot in the prem, and he seems fond of Danny Simpson too.

    As long as he brings in a real goal scorer to play alongside one of our current strikers (Probably Carroll but I sometimes have my doubts) then I think we may scrape survival.

    I think we should make Beye one of our targets, he was always class at RB for us and hasn’t had a sniff at Villa. Getting on a bit, granted. But a step up from our current RB’s.

  • geordielad880

    Feb 17, 2010 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #15

    “IF “newcastle get promoted, I would target players like jamie o hara, pennant, gunter, beattie, tom cairney from hull who plays central midfield looks a future england regular, could get him for about 5 million.

  • Captain Beefheart

    Feb 17, 2010 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #16

    Turkish Mag? Don’t worry, presently we have the perfect team for avoiding relegation next season – still stuck here in the Fizzy Pop Chumpionship, unless the current midfield wakes up.

    We should set out to hammer Coventry 4-0 tonight, no ifs or buts, they are simply cannon fodder, or should be if we have serious promotion aspirations.

    We also want to forget West Brom and Notts Forest and concentrate on the simple fact that we need to amass just over 2.2 points per game to get an automatic place.

    Currently we are on 2.0, NOT GOOD ENOUGH – no matter what the rest are doing. To be on target we should have 66 points in the bag at this stage, back in December we were well over the 2.2 target and then we collapsed with 8 games bringing only 11 points, which is not even 1.4, and if this this pitiful return is repeated over the next 16 games would only yield another 22 points leaving us on 82 points.

    Just to remind you all, last season’s automatic places had Wolves promoted on 90 points and Birmingham on 82 – so on that basis we would miss out on goal difference. Personally I can see it being a 86-88 point cut off this year for an automatic place.

    It’s all in the maths, people, and it matters not a jot what our rivals do if we hit that 2.2 target again (just as we were doing) and return a total of 35 or 36 points from the final games. Leaving us on 95 points and comfortable.

    We should have seen this season as a chase for 100 points – but we hadn’t the courage and started making excuses about rubbish results. OK, we’ve slipped up, so admit it and get over it, then start dramatically improving the goal difference as well as the points tally – starting tonight!!!

    As I said at the off, 4-0 is the least we should expect with Leon bagging a brace (after all that’s what we signed him for, isn’t it?).

  • Turkish Magpie

    Feb 17, 2010 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #17

    SOrry gys for not replying, but i was quite tired last night

    ToonAsia- I think Guthrie and smith are just as good as eachother, both have their days but more often than not fail to produce. But no i wouldn’t sell him, i just put Smith in

    ArchieMag- It’s always going to be about money and managers at this club, and i dont beleive we will get all those signings, however this is just what i think we need, i’ve said this before andf i’ll say it again, if we get promoted Tuncay is a must buy! Proven class, not in the starting line up at Stoke and plays Brilliantly alongside a big striker and he can also play CAM, (another 1 of those positions we’ve been lacking that creativity in! He would be a FANTASTIC signing

    Captain Beefheart- I agree with you, however i beleive if we keep certain key players injury free for the rest of the season then we’ll get promoted and then we have to worry about signings because i think it’s fair to say we wont stay up with our current team.


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