Forest Triumph At Highbury

Saturday 23 August 1969

Arsenal            0

Nott. Forest      3  (Moore 3, 23, Hilley 45)

There are times when this game confounds expectations. Even in a professional environment, things don’t always go to plan. At Highbury Arsenal produced a complete and woeful performance. In contrast, Forest easily produced their best 45 minutes of the season. Their passing was crisp, sharp and entertaining. Arsenal’s defence were lost and committed the same errors repeatedly in the first half. 3-0 up at half time, it was a lead well deserved by Forest.

While Arsenal somewhat redeemed  themselves in the second half against an overly cautious Nottingham Forest side, their finishing was a shambolic mess.  Except for a couple of attempts that hit the crossbar and was saved by Hill respectively, the other attempts were embarrassingly wide and high, while Forest decided to stop attacking altogether.

The visitor’s first goal came a mere three minutes into the contest. A quick interplay by Moore and Hilley resulted in a carve up of a confused Arsenal defence, with Moore getting the first of his two goals for the day.

Forest start strongly very early on. Moore on the attack.

Forest start strongly very early on. Moore on the attack.

Moore passes it on to Hilley.

Moore passes it on to Hilley.

Hilley subtlety lays the ball back into Moore's path.

Hilley subtlety lays the ball back into Moore’s path.

Moore has carved out the Arsenal defence and deftly passes it past Wilson.

Moore has carved out the Arsenal defence and deftly passes it past Wilson.

Twenty minutes later Moore struck again with a pass that once again confused the Arsenal defence. Arsenal seemed shell shocked after giving up two goals so easily, yet didn’t have the tenacity to fight back.

Moore makes it 2-0 to the visitors. Arsenal are shell shocked.

Moore makes it 2-0 to the visitors. Arsenal are shell shocked.

Indeed it was Forest on the stroke of half time that broke through for a  third goal, this time by Hilley.

Moore with the ball, about to pay back a favour to Hilley.

Moore with the ball, about to pay back a favour to Hilley.

Hilley doesn't break stride to reach the ball.

Hilley doesn’t break stride to reach the ball.

Hilley does the business and Forest beat Arsenal at Highbury.

Hilley does the business and Forest beat Arsenal at Highbury.

In the end the 0-3 scoreline was well deserved for Forest; while Arsenal have to quickly regroup to face an undefeated West Ham on Monday.

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