Saturday’s game is really something that you can just chalk up to ‘one of those things’.
The fact that there were only five minutes added on, only for Ben Watson to go and score in the 97th minute and then Reading to come back and equalise in the 98th minute through an own goal. Such is the absurd nature of the finish, I’m not sure that you can really give a fair assessment of the game based on the crazy ending.
You might argue that given Reading edged it on the day in regards to possession and total shots, that they deserved the win, so to come away with a draw might seem like a good thing, but to then have it snatched away in that manner kind of acts as a downer.
However, the Forest squad certainly aren’t going to be focusing on the negative parts of the day, at least that’s what goalscorer Watson is saying. Speaking to the club website after the game, he said that the team won’t be focusing too much about the result, and that focus is now switching to the games coming up:
“Things happen for a reason, the boys are disappointed but we’ll take the positives. You go in and see the results, it would have made a difference but this is a tough place to come. They are the form team in the league and to come here and get a point, you would have taken it before the game. The way it all panned out is disappointing but we have two home games coming up and if we can get maximum points there, then we have had another good couple of weeks.”
Let’s just hope that the team doesn’t reflect on this result for too long. In fact, in an ideal world I’d prefer that they had a game in midweek so they could get their minds on that game straight away rather than have this dwell on it for too long.
Was Saturday's game simply
Just 'one of those days' where things don't go right
An example of a much bigger problem
However, given that they have to wait until Sunday to play the next game, against Luton Town so hopefully it doesn’t seep into their minds too much and end up having a negative effect when the Hatters come to town.