Nottingham Forest v Manchester City 1980/81

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League Division 1

13th September 1980

attendance 23,184

Bennett(25), Henry(35)
Forest Birtles(15), Bowyer(46), Wallace(51)

ref David Hutchinson

City MacRae, Reid, Power, Caton, Booth, Henry, Tueart, Daley, MacKenzie, Bennett, Reeves – Sub Palmer(unused)

Forest Shilton, Anderson, Gray, McGovern, Needham, Burns, O’Neill, Bowyer, Birtles, Wallace, Robertson – sub Ponte(unused)

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With the exception of Liverpool, no other clubs were more in the headlines than Forest and City, as soccer entered a new decade.
While Forest had begun to slowly re-shape the side following three seasons of phenomenal success, City, forever it seemed in the shadow of neighbours United, had turned, once again, to Malcolm Allison in the hope of a return to the more successful days of ten years earlier that had been enjoyed under Allison and Joe Mercer.
…Despite the massive investment, City had, at the end of the 1979-80 season, been more than fortunate to escape the drop into Division Two, a sequence of 17 League matches without victory had sent them crashing headlong down the table. Only three victories in their final four matches had ensured their status in the top flight.
The men from Maine Road began the new season no better , in five league games, prior to their arrival at the City Ground, they were yet to win a game.

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With City constantly using the offside trap it was no surprise when they fell behind after 15 minutes. With Tommy Caton in pursuit of Garry Birtles, who had slipped the trap, the Reds number nine beat Macrae with a left foot drive from the edge of the penalty area.
City fought back and with Forest hesitant in defence the visitors took advantage as goals from David Bennett and Tony Henry gave them the upper hand at the break.
City persisted in the use of the offside trap in an effort to hold on to their lead, a policy that was to cost them dear, for the second time, as Ian Bowyer raced through to level the scores against his former club.
The Reds, in search of victory with City defending in depth, snatched victory with a sharp piece of finishing from Ian Wallace, who fired home with the City defence in a tangle…
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