Two late goals, another from Thorne and one from Graham Kavanagh, took it to 3-0 but the final scoreline didn’t flatter Cardiff and Forest’s acting manager Mick Harford described it as a disgraceful performance. They didn’t create a single chance and Harford said, “From start to finish this was an atrocious performance – disgraceful. It was embarrassing at times.” He then promised that some of his players would be out of work at the end of the season.
Gillingham are still in the bottom three but pulled a further point away from Forest with a 1-1 draw at Sunderland. They took the lead through Darius Henderson, a player who was on loan at Swindon early in the season, only for Chris Brown to quickly equalise.
Gills’ boss Stan Ternent was delighted with the result before calling for a break during the holiday period rather than playing four matches. And after congratulating his players the Sunderland supporting manager said he hoped the north east club would be back in the Premiership next season.
And what about the fan’s run club at Rotherham, a second successive away win, this time at Millwall. They went a goal down too before coming back to win 2-1 and although they are still rooted to the bottom of the league it hasn’t been a bad couple of weeks for the Millers.
Yesterday they unveiled their new Board of Directors, a new Chairman, revised plans for a new stand and a restructuring of the finances. Staying in this league might just be a problem for them though.
Up at the top and the points Sunderland dropped allowed the top two to pull away from them again. Ipswich won at Plymouth with recent signing Darren Currie getting both goals in the 2-1 victory, the first of them from the penalty spot.
After a fantastic win at Ipswich two days earlier West Ham came crashing back down to earth and were beaten 2-0 at home by Sheffield United. Tomas Repka put through his own goal and Leigh Bromby got the second.
Former Hammer Julian Dicks was somewhat critical of the current West Ham team and accused many of the players of going through the motions and having neither passion nor commitment. Surely not with the likes of Luke Chadwick in the side.
Crewe have been beaten at last and by the Christmas and New Year form team Preston who have collected ten points out of twelve. Chris Sedgwick scored his first Preston goal, Brian O’Neil doubled the lead and was then sent off before Richard Walker pulled one back for Dario G’s boys.
The defeat for Crewe ended a run of nine games without defeat whilst Preston have been unbeaten in five since their 2-0 Turf Moor defeat last month.
Reading played at home and the game was shown live on Sky, nothing new there then, However this time they were beaten by Derby when Tommy Smith scored the only goal of the game right on half time. The Royals would have gone third had they won.
QPR boss Ian Holloway left Leicester an unhappy man after seeing his side dominate the game but lose 1-0 to an early David Connolly penalty. His main concern was the fact that QPR had two goals disallowed and all he would say on that was that the referee (Phil Dowd) handled it as he saw fit.
Leeds won their third game in the last four with a 2-1 win against their former boss Peter Reid at Coventry. Nathan Blake scored his first goal for them since his loan move from Leicester and David Healy added a second. Gary McSheffrey's goal was nothing more than a late consolation.