Keeper Forest Forgot Saves the Day

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Byline: IVAN SPECK

JUST Dave Beasant's luck. This season Forest's veteran goalkeeper has been relatively impressive, despite being behind a defence which had shipped 54 goals prior to Saturday.

Yet, one blunder against Chelsea meant that Beasant discovered two hours before kick-off at Charlton that he was the fall-guy again.

Beasant, 39, then watched from the subs' bench as replacement Mark Crossley saved a penalty and a point for Forest with a superb display.

Crossley himself has endured two years of injury and reserve-team football, plus a brief loan spell at Second Division Millwall.

But against Charlton, the Yorkshireman seized his chance with all the grit he has shown to return from a career-threatening hernia injury, suffered after his last game in the Premiership in April 1997.

He pulled off a series of wonderful stops none better than the low dive to his right to save Neil Redfearn's 68th-minute spot-kick.

Crossley said: 'I thoroughly enjoyed the match. It was one of those fairytale things.

'I thought my career was on the downslide but I always believed in my own ability and I think I've worked hard enough this season to justify my chance.

'Dave Beasant's been one of our best players this season but this was my turn. …