Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Forest Denied by the Swans; Welsh Side Overcome Early Red Card to Earn a Draw

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Forest Denied by the Swans; Welsh Side Overcome Early Red Card to Earn a Draw

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Nottingham Forest 0 Swansea City 0 SWANSEA survived the firstminute sending off of Neil Taylor to earn a goalless draw at the City Ground, meaning it is all still to play for in the npower Championship play-off semi-final second leg in south Wales on Monday night.

A sensational start to the game saw Taylor dismissed after only 52 seconds (pictured right). The Swans defender caught Lewis McGugan on the thigh with his studs as both players went into the challenge with raised feet just inside the Swansea half on the left touchline.

McGugan got to the ball first and, with the home crowd baying for blood, referee Mike Dean pulled out his red card.

Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers was forced into an unexpectedly early reshuffle.

Stephen Dobbie was the player sacrificed as Garry Monk was introduced from the bench in the fourth minute.

However, while Forest struggled to break down 10 men, the Welsh side were unfazed by their numerical disadvantage and created the better chances in the first half.

Fabio Borini was the main threat. The on-loan Chelsea forward forced Forest goalkeeper Lee Camp into saves on three occasions.

In the 20th minute he beat Luke Chambers for pace down the left side, cut into the penalty area and Camp had to rush from his six-yard box to smother the danger. Soon afterwards, he went even closer with a superb 25-yard free-kick.

His run was almost Cristiano Ronaldoesque and his shot was not too unlike that of the world's most expensive player either as he struck the ball over the wall and forced Camp to help it over the bar.

Borini worked Camp again on the halfhour, shooting through Brendan Moloney's legs after being slipped in down the left side of the area by Nathan Dyer. Camp blocked well with his legs after seeing the ball late.

It took Forest 36 minutes to muster an effort of their own.

Striker Kris Boyd, on loan from Middlesbrough, got free down the righthand side. His low cross was met by the penalty spot by Robert Earnshaw, who controlled his half-volley with the side of his foot but Dorus De Vries dived to his right and palmed the ball away.

Chris Cohen's corner was headed over by Chambers at the back post on the stroke of half-time. …

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