Monday, 12 August 2013

Kelvin Wilson's Delight At Nottingham Forest Test

Kelvin Wilson

Kelvin Wilson finally got a sweat on after years of playing with a cigar out at Celtic - and he loved every minute of it.

The defender returned to Forest on Friday in a £2.5m deal two years after heading to the SPL.

And after being a member of a team that cruises to wins north of the border, he was forced to battle at the back as Forest beat Blackburn 1-0 with a stoppage time winner.

Hitman Darius Henderson was the hero after firing the ball home from the edge of the box following a gaffe by Rovers keeper Jake Kean.

But Wilson played his part - keeping Blackburn's £8m striker Jordan Rhodes quiet.

And the rigorous test he was put through left him purring about being back in a competitive league once more.

The defender said: "It was a tough return. It's nice to get one out of the way. It was a good result and a clean sheet as well.

"I enjoyed it and it was certainly different. Having been at Celtic we constantly dominated every game because,'s Celtic.

"Here it is more even and you have top quality players and top quality teams and every game is going to be a battle."

Wilson might be considered barmy for giving up a life of easy games, regular medals and Champions League action to drop back into Championship football.

But home is where the heart is for the strapping stopper.

"It was a personal thing with my family being here. I certainly wouldn’t have left Celtic for just anyone, it had to be the right club.

"And no club fitted the bill better than Nottingham Forest.

“I’ve been at Notts County, Preston and Celtic but looking back and trying to pick a spell I enjoyed the most, even though I played in the Champions League with Celtic, I would have to say it was here.”

Forest left it late to snatch the points with Jamie Mackie's presence forcing Kean into a fumble.

Mackie was up quickly to feed Henderson who powered his finish past two defenders to keep Forest's 100 per cent record intact.

But after matching their rivals throughout the ninety minutes Blackburn midfielder Alan Judge was left devastated by the late winner.

 He said: “It was cruel to see that happen – a real blow. I couldn’t see us losing the game, we’d done okay.

“Talking to Scott Dann and Grant Hanley afterwards they were saying they’d hardly anything to do in the second half – that’s how much pressure we had put on Forest.

“We didn’t really get going before half-time, but we got amongst them in the second period, creating  a lot more chances.”

Judge, who switched to Ewood Park from Notts County in the summer, is one of several new faces in the Rovers line-up and he pleaded with home fans to show patience.

“The spirit in the camp is superb, but this is a new team and it is going to need time to adapt," he added.

“When we forge that understanding I think we can do well this season.”

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