FOR­EST FIND REA­SONS TO BE CHEER­FUL

The Football League Paper - - FA CUP FOURTH ROUND -

ONE chance. One goal. There’s a rea­son Odion Ighalo has scored 14 times in the Premier League this sea­son.

The deadly Nige­rian is a mae­stro at seiz­ing even the slimmest of pick­ings and was never go­ing to spurn a gift as en­tic­ing as the one served up by Kelvin Wil­son.

What the cen­tre-back was do­ing, only he can say, but Wil­son can at least con­sole him­self that he isn’t the only man to blame. Had Dex­ter Black­stock at­tacked Chris Co­hen’s cross with a lit­tle more con­vic­tion, the Reds would al­ready have been a goal up.

Er­rors aside, this was a dis­play that of­fered yet more ev­i­dence of For­est’s in­creas­ing re­silience un­der Dougie Freed­man. Solid, dis­ci­plined, dili­gent – the Premier League side failed to cre­ate a sin­gle clear-cut op­por­tu­nity.

The un­beaten run may be over but the con­fi­dence it in­stilled should re­main in­tact. If For­est can repli­cate this kind of for­ti­tude on a weekly ba­sis, the play-offs may not be the ‘im­pos­si­bil­ity’ Freed­man claims.

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