Peter Vincenti the toast of Rochdale as penalty puts out Nottingham Forest

This is becoming something of a habit for Rochdale. Last year it was Leeds United’s fans who watched disconsolately from a stand advertising Clayton Park Bakery and this time the same ignominy was attached to the supporters of a Nottingham Forest side whose season appears to be stuck in decline. Forest’s miserable run now stretches to two wins in 19 matches and, with a trigger-happy owner in charge, the nature of the industry means there have to be legitimate doubts about what it might mean for Stuart Pearce.

Fawaz al-Hasawi was not at this match, having returned to Kuwait over Christmas, but the bulletins from Spotland will leave him cold, particularly bearing in mind the triumphant way that Forest started the season. Rochdale played with all the ingredients of the classic giantkiller, quick to the ball, strong in the tackle and giving everything to hold on to Peter Vincenti’s 12th-minute penalty.

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