Nottingham Forest 1 Swansea City 1
7th March 2009
Attendance: 20,475 (875 away)
Swansea City drew their third consecutive game this afternoon as they were held 1-1 away at Nottingham Forest.
Jason Scotland gave us the lead early on in the second half but substitute McGugan equalised 15 minutes later to share the spoils at the City Ground.
It was an exciting game, played at a fast pace and it was the hosts who had the better chances early on.
Roberto Martinez made another 2 changes to his side as he continues to rest players amongst our busy schedule.
Mark Gower returned in place of Tom Butler and Guillem Bauza was back in midfield in place of Nathan Dyer, Jordi Gomez moved to the right wing.
Billy Davies' side made a bright start to the game, winning a corner after 20 seconds. Chambers and former loanee Paul Anderson fired shots over for the Reds as they looked to gain an early advantage.
Martinez's side finally got forward to create something. Joe Allen was making some excellent runs forward and he had a great opportunity but fired a long range shot just wide.
The hosts had a few more chances at the other end as goalkeeper Dorus De Vries was called upon to make a few decent saves.
Somehow, Forest's new loan signing missed a chance at scoring on his debut as Gary McSheffrey headed wide of the target from close range.
It was an entertaining first half between two good footballing sides but the Swansea defence were looking vulnerable at times and needed to show an improvement in the second half.
Former Swan Paul Anderson was replaced at the restart by Gareth McCleary.
Dorus De Vries is forced into early second half action as Cohen forces him to make a fantastic save to palm the ball out for a corner.
At the other end, Mark Gower went in search of his first Swansea City goal, he beat Smith but his shot flew just past the post.
Moments later, we broke the deadlock on the hour mark. Jordi Gomez played the best pass of the whole game to feed Bauza through, he lifted the ball over the keeper and Scotland was there to finish from just 3 yards.
Scotland was then replaced by Darren Pratley just 5 minutes after putting us in front, which was quite a surprising change from Roberto Martinez. Guillem Bauza then moved to an attacking role.
10 minutes later, Forest grabbed an equaliser after piling on the pressure. Lewis McGugan was only on the pitch 8 minutes and it proved to be a superb sub from Billy Davies. McGugan was free to header home Lynch's cross from close range.
Gorka Pintado then arrived in place of Guillem Bauza and he made an impact early on. He squared the ball to Gomez but his shot was saved well by the keeper. Then, he had a penalty appeal rejected from the referee for what looked like a certain foul in the box.
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