PL2 Report: Saints held at Forest

By SFC Media time Mon 23 Aug Nottingham Forest vs Saints
Photo by Josh Dixon | Ryan Finnigan
Mon 23 Aug 7PM
Premier League 2 - Division 2
Nottingham Forest
0
Southampton
0
McDonnell (27') Arter (36')
yellow card
Simeu (3') Payne (50')
Referee: Elliott Swallow | Venue: Impact Arena | Attendance: 156

Despite dominating for large periods, Southampton's B team were held to a goalless draw at Nottingham Forest on Monday night.

Saints had key chances to win the game in both halves, but were frustrated by a strong Jordan Wright performance in the Forest goal.

The hosts' chances were sparse, but they came inches away from the win in stoppage time after a crazy goalmouth scramble. 

Saints made 2 changes to the side that lost out to Norwich on opening day, as Matt Carson and Ramello Mitchell came in for Caleb Watts and Benni Smales-Braithwaite.

31-year-old Republic of Ireland International Harry Arter was the standout name in the Forest line-up.

The game got off to a fast start, highlighted when Dynel Simeu was awarded a booking after just three minutes which raised a few eyebrows.

20210823 Forest v Southampton B Matt Carson
Matt Carson proved a lively threat all evening.

In the eighth minute came a neat move involving Kegs Chauke, Kazeem Olaigbe and Lewis Payne, the latter letting fly from just inside the box and forcing a good save.

Then came an effort for Chauke, who profited from some superb closing down by Matt Carson. The midfielder finding space on the edge of the box before curling an effort just wide of the far post.

As the first half wore on the hosts managed to slow down the early Saints pace, using their own pressure to push the visitors back.

Soon came their opening chance of the afternoon; Julian Larsson skipping into the box before firing a low cross into the feet of Lewis Salmon, who couldn’t find the target from close range.

But Saints would end the half like they started the first; a ball over the top in the 43rd minute finding the run of Mitchell who forced another strong save from Forest keeper Jordan Wright.

20210823 Forest v Southampton B Lewis Payne
Lewis Payne combined well with Kazeem Olaigbe during the first half.

It was an equally bright start to the second 45 from the visitors, Payne bursting down the right wing before delivering a dangerous cross towards the head of Mitchell, who was beaten to the ball by Aaron Donnelly.

A quick break brought Saints another chance in the 54th minute as Dare Olufunwa’s long throw found Olaigbe, who fed the pacey Carson. The full back making Wright work once more.

There was a scare for the visitors on 66 minutes, as a deep cross lashed across the face of goal catching Jack Bycroft by surprise.

With 20 minutes to go Dave Horseman bought on the exciting youngster Kami Doyle, fresh off of his five goals in the Under-18s 7-2 win over Birmingham City on Saturday.

But the next chance of the game would fall to the hosts, substitute Billy Fewster surging through midfield and releasing a fierce effort just wide of the left post.

20210823 Forest v Southampton B Ramello Mitchell
Ramello Mitchell lets fly towards a busy Jordan Wright in the Forest goal.

Doyle’s first involvement saw the forward bring the ball down, before attempting an outside of the foot through ball towards Mitchell, which was well cut out.

Simeu’s range of pass provided a key asset to Horseman’s side as the half wore on, with Payne and Carson free out wide on multiple occasions for the break.

As the game entered the final ten minutes it was all Saints going forward, Forest unable to leave their own half for extended periods.

If the earlier scare wasn’t enough the second was even worse; Forest had thought they’d won it in stoppage time after a scramble in the penalty area, denied only by some brave Saints defending and Bycroft’s strong hands.

Eventually both sides had to settle for a point, with Saints looking to build on this with a visit to Middlesbrough on Sunday.

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Nottingham Forest

1
Jordan Wright (GK)
2
Alex Gibson-Hammond
3
Sam Sanders (C)
4
Harry Arter yellow card
replace Joshua Barnes (60′)
5
Rezart Rama
6
Aaron Donnelly
7
Reece Wylie
replace Will Swan (60′)
8
Jamie McDonnell yellow card
replace Billy Fewster (46′)
9
Julian Larsson
10
Lewis Salmon
11
Kyle McAdam
12
Aaron Bott
14
Will Swan
15
Joshua Barnes
16
Billy Fewster
17
Joe Gardner

Southampton

1
Jack Bycroft (GK)
2
Dynel Simeu yellow card
3
Matt Carson
4
Dare Olufunwa (C)
5
Ollie Lancashire
6
Kegs Chauke
7
Lewis Payne yellow card
replace Zuriel Otseh-Taiwo (89′)
8
Ryan Finnigan
9
Jayden Smith
replace Kami Doyle (69′)
10
Ramello Mitchell
replace Teddy Davey (80′)
11
Kazeem Olaigbe
12
Will Tizzard
13
Ollie Wright
14
Zuriel Otseh-Taiwo
15
Kami Doyle
16
Teddy Davey
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