Second rate Albion surrender second place
8 december 10
As the snow fell down on The Hawthorns, West Brom's automatic promotion hopes fizzled out before our very eyes. Once again, Billy Davies had done his preparations and figured out how to get the better of Albion.
By keeping Graham Dorrans quiet in the middle of the park Forest were allowed to craft a creative and fast paced display that was capped by terrific goals from Radoslaw Majewski and Chris Cohen.
Robert Di Matteo gambled by playing new loan signing Gabriel Tamas in defence, and his shaky performance led to the first Forest goal. Dexter Blackstock found it too easy to muscle Tamas off the ball and fire the visitors into the lead. Welcome to the Championship, I heard someone say.
Confidence oozed from the Forest side and they were winning all of the individual battles, managing to find space as Albion were left chasing snowy shadows.
As Albion struggled to match the strength of the Nottingham defence, they resorted to hopeful long balls up to Luke Moore and speculative shots from outside the box, both with little effect.
For Forest, Paul Anderson was a constant threat running the wing past Zuiverloon time after time.
After the break Roman Bednar was introduced for Moore and we waited expectantly for Forest legs to tire. Instead they cooked up two wonder strikes in three minutes. Fisrtly, ponderous West Brom defending allowed Majewski to volley home from six yards and this was quickly followed by a flowing, one touch play to set up Cohen.
Amid the boos you could see some home fans leaving early - after 56 minutes. That's how bad it was.
As tempers frayed and the referee allowed the game to boil over Albion started to find some space. An inch perfect pass from Dorrans, his first clear pass of the night, was neatly slotted home by an improving Bednar. There was some spirit in Albion at last, and even though Forest started to look a little edgy when before they had looked so confident, it was too little too late.
Not even the welcome addition of a sharp looking Miller could change that.
Scott Carson - 4
Joe Mattock - 4
Jonas Olsson - 5
Gianni Zuiverloon - 4
Gabriel Tamas - 3
Gonzalo Jara - 4
Chris Brunt - 4
Jerome Thomas - 5
Graham Dorrans - 5
Luke Moore - 4
Simon Cox - 5
Roman Bednar - 6
Ishmael Miller - 6
Robert Koren - 3