N Forest 3-1 Millwall: Daily Mirror match report
Published 21:00 11/03/12 By Ian Baker
Forest hero Andy Reid was Saturday’s match winner – despite playing the game with a heartbreaking secret.
The Irishman’s three-week-old son Oscar is seriously ill in hospital and the ex-Spurs and Sunderland star raced from the City Ground to his bedside.
Reid made first-half goals for Garath McCleary and Danny Higginbotham, before sealing the win with a 20-yard stunner 10 minutes from the end after Darius Henderson had pulled one back.
And he revealed his man-of-the-match performance was for his boy.
He said: “Oscar’s not been too well. He’s got some breathing problems and he’s been in hospital since Wednesday.
“It’s been a tough week, so it’s nice to be able to put in a performance for him and get a goal for him.
“Some things are more important than football. It puts things in perspective, but at the same time it helps to get on the pitch and clear your mind a bit.
“Sometimes it gives you an extra edge and a bit of extra will to put in a performance for your family and kids.”
Reid’s brave display was certainly inspired and prompted manager Steve Cotterill to declare it “Premier League quality”.
Reid was rested for the midweek defeat to Doncaster, but his outstanding performance helped Forest move five points away from the drop zone.
Cotterill said: “I thought all three goals were fantastic. Garath was brave for the first and kept his eyes open and Danny’s volley was great as well.
“And then the third one we really needed. Millwall got a goal and we were under pressure. But we held firm and that’s the pleasing thing.”
Spirited Millwall were unfortunate with James Henry twice hitting the crossbar.
Defender Jack Smith said: “We’re a battling team. But we can play too, and hopefully we can find that balance next week.”