The most traumatic experience of Colin Calderwood's fledgling career as Nottingham Forest's manager occurred 16 days ago when they lost 4-0 at home to Scunthorpe.
This was their first home game since, and the opposition could not have been better chosen as Bristol City would have leap-frogged their hosts at the top of the First Division with a win. It will not go down as a classic, but thanks to Nicky Southall's early free-kick, sent past Adriano Basso from 22 yards, it was a win.
Yet Calderwood admitted the wounds from that defeat have still not healed. They won at Gillingham last week but he said: "This was a nice response to Scunthorpe but two games are not enough. We've got to make it hard for other teams to catch us but the boys can be proud of this win."
Having taken the lead, Forest squandered chances all through the first half. The rest of the game was directed entirely at Paul Smith in Forest's goal. City were granted lots of possession, but Forest's defenders kept a line along the edge of the penalty area which meant City's shots were all from distance. It was a negative and dangerous ploy but City were unable to create a clear chance and Forest .
Goal: Southall (10) 1-0
Nottingham Forest: 4-4-2: Smith; Morgan, Cullip, Breckin, Curtis; Southall, Perch, Clingan, Commons (Bennett, 75); Agogo (Holt, 67), Harris (Thompson, 82) Substitutes not used: Lester, Pedersen (gk),
Bristol City: 4-4-2: Basso; Orr (Keogh, 59), Carey, McCombe, Woodman; Murray, Skuse, Johnson, Brown (Wright, 59); Myrie-Williams, Jevons (Fontaine, 78) Substitutes not used: Russell, Federici (gk)
Referee: M Halsey (Lancashire)
Booked: Forest: Perch; Bristol City: Carey
Man of the Match: Breckin
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