The travels of Phil no. 23: Peterborough

At the start of the season I picked this match out as it would allow me (in my geekiness) to say that I had now visited every League ground in East Anglia to watch Forest, having seen them play at Colchester, Southend, Ipswich, Norwich and now Peterborough.

The journey up went OK, and barring a small diversion when I made the mistake of ignoring the directions (because the junction they told me to take didn’t ‘look right’ to me), we arrived in plenty of time. We found a parking space in Peterborough train station car park, and wandered under the underpass and over to the ground. We had tickets on the terraces, and so I wanted to get in early so we could grab a decent spot.

The match got under way in some of the most difficult conditions I’ve ever seen. There was a strong wind blowing straight down the pitch, and Forest started the match kicking into the wind. I thought this would probably be the best option for them as this meant that in the second half, when both teams began to tire, Forest would have the wind behind them.

The first half was relatively uneventful, with the majority of the game being played in midfield and both teams only managing to create a couple of half chances. The one incident that did stand out was a collision between Nathan Tyson and Peterborough’s highly-rated goalkeeper, Joe Lewis, that resulted in Lewis being substituted with concussion. The score remained at 0-0 and I was feeling increasingly positive about Forest’s chances.

The second half started with a bit of a bang. In the 50th minute, Peterborough took the lead. Aaron McLean scored with a powerful header from a corner after George Boyd had been prevented from scoring himself by a last-ditch tackle from Wes Morgan. Forest equalised immediately, winning a free-kick on the left touchline which Radoslaw Majewski curled towards the far post and the wind helped it drift into the top corner. The winner came only five minutes later as Chris Cohen’s cross from the left was headed back across goal for an unmarked Paul Anderson to poke home.

Forest created another couple of decent chances, Dexter Blackstock pulling a shot wide after a strong run past a couple of Peterborough defenders, and Robbie Earnshaw shooting straight at the keeper from within the area after his build-up play with Blackstock didn’t quite work as he hoped. However, Forest were clearly the stronger side, and held Peterborough off for the rest of the game, picking up their third win inside a week.

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