Saturday 23 August 1969
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.
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.
Indeed it was Forest on the stroke of half time that broke through for a third goal, this time by Hilley.
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.