CITY 1 NOTTINGHAM FOREST 3
League Division 1
9th April 1971
Forest McKenzie(18 & 82), Jackson(52)
Ref G Kew
Forest Barron, Hindley, Winfield, Chapman, O’Kane, Fraser, Jackson, Richardson, Martin, McKenzie, Moore – sub Reeves
Manchester City’s Easter Parade got away to a depressing start yesterday at Maine Road. And Malcolm Allison, chafing in enforced exile, may well content himself with writing a caustic letter to the men he left behind after their 3-1 defeat by Nottingham Forest.
It was an untidy game, and one which was of no major importance or significance to either side, although Forest now can look forward confidently to another season in the First Division. They did not need to play particularly well in order to beat a City side who occasionally created the impression that they regarded the whole business as a bit of a bore. Which alas is what we must expect at this stage of the season when either there is something to play for or there is not. City have their eyes fixed on the Cup Winners Cup, their League programme thus is merely a formality, a stepping stone to their summer vacation.
Forest at least did aim at some sort of consistency, and McKenzie, playing in only his second League game, had no equal in industry or output. Chapman and Fraser snuffed out easily the spasmodic bursts of Lee and Bell, and Hindley and Winfield patrolled the Forest penalty area with the keenness and tenacity of guard dogs, ironically, Moore, of whom so much had been expected, was quite inconspicuous. But so too were Bell and Lee. It just is not possible to be consistent as well as brilliant.