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Forest effort perfect response to Burnley fiasco
2:07pm Wednesday 2nd October 2013 in Latest Sport
ADDICKS columnist MATIAS GREZ has quickly had his faith restored after last night’s impressive display against Nottingham Forest lifted the doom and gloom surrounding Charlton following Saturday’s Burnley result.
WHAT a difference three days make.
After one of the worst performances in recent memory against Burnley on Saturday, something I won’t go into much detail about, the players turned up last night and took what could be the first step in turning this season around.
Andy Reid’s lucky free-kick in the third minute was synonymous of our season as a whole.
At this point it looked as though we could have been in for a very long night.
However, that goal only brought about an eruption of noise from all stands bar Jimmy Seed, as the fans produced a level of support which rivalled some of the loudest nights at The Valley.
This noise proved to be the catalyst for what was by far the best performance of the season so far and against one of the best sides in the league, a Forest team which brushed us aside with ease twice last season.
As the crowd grew louder, the players grew in confidence. As they did so, the crowd grew even louder.
It worked perfectly all night as Chris Powell’s men dominated their high-flying opponents for the vast majority of the second half, and I’m sure everyone associated with Nottingham Forest will be thoroughly delighted to have escaped SE7 with a point.
Prior to kick-off the game was billed by many as ‘Charlton v Cardiff, take two’ and although it didn’t have nine goals, a comeback from two goals down and three points, the end result was just as important.
As well as a fantastic team performance, there were also a few fine individual ones to behold.
Jordan Cousins was spectacular, looking by far and away more mature and accomplished than his 19 years, a performance which culminated in a fantastic block late into the second half which looked to have prevented a certain Forest goal.
Rhoys Wiggins looked back to his marauding best and whipped in quality cross after quality cross, as well as looking as solid in defence as he has done all season.
Richard Wood looked like the ideal partner for Michael Morrison, distributing the ball well and breaking up countless Nottingham Forest attacks.
The only disappointment to come from last night was we should have come away with more than just the one point.
However, now we all go into Saturday full of confidence for the first time since the opening day and the three points against Blackpool are there for the taking.
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