Not­ting­ham Forest stunned nine-man New­cas­tle on Fri­day night

Reds get bet­ter of nine-man Mag­pies

The Football League Paper - - INSIDE: - By Peter Hayes

PA­TIENCE was a virtue for Not­ting­ham Forest as they in­flicted a sec­ond straight Cham­pi­onship de­feat on nine-man New­cas­tle United in what Reds boss Philippe Mon­tanier dubbed a ‘crazy game’.

Karl Dar­low saved two penal­ties against his for­mer side as Jonjo Shelvey and Paul Dum­mett both saw red for fouls in the box, ei­ther side of a Matt Ritchie strike in a mad­cap fi­nal 15 min­utes of the first half.

The nine men suc­cumbed to a Nick­las Bendtner equaliser shortly af­ter the break, but it took a late Ja­maal Las­celles own goal to hand the home side the win, as the Mag­pies al­most held on for a point.

Mon­tanier’s side have now won three on the bounce, with the French­man prais­ing the im­pact of his bench.

“It was a crazy game,” said the Reds boss. “There was a lot of emo­tion. But three points are very im­por­tant for us to keep go­ing on and I am happy about that for the vic­tory.

“We had to be pa­tient in the sec­ond half, to press higher and be pa­tient with the ball. We tried to play wide to get in a lot of crosses and get op­por­tu­ni­ties to score. We stuck to the plan and got the re­sult.

“We know we only needed a few sec­onds to score a goal and dur­ing the half we had to for­get the penal­ties and try to do well. We were pa­tient and we de­served the sec­ond goal.

“I know that I have some good play­ers on the bench with Britt As­som­bo­longa, Apos­to­los Vel­lios and Mustapha Carayol and I had to use all three to get the vic­tory.”

Af­ter an un­event­ful open­ing half hour, the game kicked into gear when Shelvey kicked out at Henri Lansbury in the 33rd minute. Bendtner’s re­sul­tant spot-kick was saved by Dar­low, with Ciaran Clark then hav­ing a header ruled out for a du­bi­ous push, be­fore Ritchie clin­i­cally fin­ished to put the vis­i­tors ahead in stop­page time.

And the first-half ac­tion was not done as ref­eree Steve Martin sent Dum­mett off for bring­ing down Lansbury in the box – but Dar­low saved again from 12 yards, this time keep­ing out the for­mer Gun­ner.

The sec­ond half saw Mon­tanier throw on three at­tack­ers, with Bendtner pok­ing home in the 52nd minute, be­fore Las­celles di­rected the ball into his own net from an 87th-minute Forest cor­ner.

And New­cas­tle boss Rafa Ben­itez re­fused to take the de­feat ly­ing down.

“Ev­ery­thing was against us, there were a lot of things that we could com­plain about,” he said.

“I was re­ally sur­prised with Lansbury and the way he was act­ing, twice, with the Dum­mett penalty, and with Jonjo Shelvey – maybe he is proud of him­self.

“I will not de­fend Jonjo, he made a mis­take, but Lansbury was kick­ing Jonjo be­fore, from be­hind, and af­ter­wards he was act­ing.

“Some­times the FA take ac­tion with the player if they think they are over-act­ing, so maybe it’s some­thing they will have to an­a­lyse.

“Lansbury was wait­ing for Dum­mett, again, maybe the FA can an­a­lyse this and see the be­hav­iour of him.

“We tried to con­trol the game, which we did for a while, and we tried to score when we could.

“But with nine play­ers it is not easy, and es­pe­cially when all the de­ci­sions go against you.”

PICTURES: Ac­tion Images

WHAT A NIGHT: Not­ting­ham Forest’s Nick­las Bendtner cel­e­brates his equaliser and, in­sets, Jonjo Shelvey is sent off and Karl Dar­low saves a penalty from Forest’s Henri Lansbury

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