Thornhill gets his angles right to bring Forest in from the cold

first_imgCrystal Palace Share via Email First published on Tue 28 Oct 2008 20.34 EDT Nottingham Forest Mikey Stafford Share on Pinterest Championship Tue 28 Oct 2008 20.34 EDT Shares00 Share via Email Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Share on Twittercenter_img Reuse this content Topics Share on Twitter Share on Messenger Nottingham Forest may feel Christmas has come early, with snow falling in South-west London as their coach pulled away, laden with three points from a Championship fixture for the first time since early August.Colin Calderwood is happy to be off the foot of the Championship table, a position he feels is unsuited to his team and the manner in which they play: “It’s nice to have the win off the back of a good performance. They’ve played solid with a lot of spirit and I think everyone could see it,” said the Forest manager.The home side drew level in the second half after going a goal down before half-time but the Forest substitute Matt Thornhill won the game with nine minutes to go after another substitute, Shefki Kuqi, had equalised for Palace.Having survived a second-minute scare from Robert Earnshaw thanks to a fine save by their goalkeeper, Julian Speroni, Palace slowly began to take control midway through the first half.However, the momentum of the first period changed when Forest went ahead against the run of play on 28 minutes. Chris Cohen’s sharply inswinging free-kick evaded everyone in the box and left Speroni rooted to the spot.Palace’s manager, Neil Warnock, introduced Kuqi at half-time and there was a renewed vigour from the Londoners, Nick Carle going close after superb wing play from Paul Ifill down the right.Palace’s sporadic pressure finally paid off with 15 minutes to go when Kuqi gathered the ball 20 yards out and, with his back to goal, turned and sent a powerful low shot to the right of Lee Camp.But Forest sealed the win and their ticket away from the foot of the table with nine minutes to go when James Perch’s shot was cleared off the line only to be turned in from an acute angle by Thornhill. Share on LinkedIn Championship match reports Thornhill gets his angles right to bring Forest in from the cold Share on WhatsApp Championship 2008-09last_img read more