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3 - 3
Nottingham Forest

Ewood Park

18/04/15; 3pm

Attendance: 13,876


It was the story of our season (and last season), leading the game and then conceding. You have to wonder that if we could keep a lead, where we would be in the league table. It happened multiple times last season; many times this season and today illustrated it perfectly. You can't help but think that three brilliant goals from Rudy Gestede has increased the amount of interested clubs and his price tag.

The game got off to a fast start, it took just two minutes for the determination of Rudy Gestede to pay off with an early goal caused from poor defending. But unfortunately it didn't last long, Rovers became very lacklustre after our goal and the visitors were soon level. A goal from the excellent Antonio coming after seven minute, Barrow crossed it in from the right and Antonio headed passed Eastwood from close range.

With 35 minutes on the clock, Rudy Gestede got his second, a brilliant cross from Conway headed into the bottom corner by the big man. But the lead didn't last long, the equaliser came in the 45th minute due to some sloppy defending. Antonio raced down the left, got the better of Henley and then squared it to the unmarked Lansbury who tapped it in.

In the 82nd minute, a crowd of nearly 14,000 watched Rudy Gestede complete his second hat-trick in his Rovers career. The goal came courtesy of another Conway cross which he sent in deep towards Gestede where he headed home for his hat-trick of headers. But Rovers, who looked weak in midfield all game, couldn't hold he lead. Again Forest equalised, this time it was through a long range goal from Antonio in the 88th minute.

On the balance of things it was a fair result. Neither team showed much fight and it looked a lot like a friendly game but Rovers can take some positives. Although unfortunately you can't help but feel that after another outstanding performance, it will be a struggle to keep Gestede in the summer.

Written by Adrian Daykin.

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Writer:Adrian Daykin
Date:Sunday April 19 2015
Time: 1:37PM


He will go whatever drivel is spouted by Bowyer about "the owners' valuation will have to be met". We are in dire financial straits and have to reduce the wages bill. The front line is the only positive about Rovers - we will always score goals with Rudy and JR in the side - but midfield and the defence are simply not good enough. Add into that mix the departure of the two best forwards, a forward line of Brown and Varney or A N Other and the renewal of Bowyer's contract and survival in the Championship next season will be a major feat in itself!
19/04/2015 14:25:00
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