Nottingham Forest 3 Walsall 3

Last updated : 14 February 2004 By Footymad Previewer

This is normally a day for roses and chocolate but after 45 minutes new Forest boss Joe Kinnear thought he was witnessing a St Valentines Day massacre.

It all started so well for the new man. Forest were ahead after just 90 seconds with on loan signing Andy Impey scoring on his debut.

Andy Reid was the mastermind behind it all. His neat work on the wing and eventual cross was met by Impey who slid his shot past a diving James Walker in the visitors goal.

However, Colin Lee's side were not going to stand on ceremony and after just four minutes they equalised with what was a carbon copy of Forest's opening goal.

This time it was Jorge Leitao who slid his shot past a diving Darren Ward.

Lee made a substitution on 18 minutes bringing on Jamie Lawrence, and he took just five minutes to give his side the lead.

Some slack marking left Lawrence unmarked and his shot left Ward helpless.

It looked like Forest were going to fold after just 39 minutes when Gary Wales danced passed John Thompson and Des Walker in the Forest defence to make it 3 1 to the visitors.

Kinnear's side were booed off at half time as they left the pitch and the new boss must have given a fine team talk because we witnessed the birth of a new Forest in the second half.

On 55 minutes Marlon King pulled it back to 3 2 with a header in the box - his first goal in open play since his move from Gillingham.

After that goal it was all one-way traffic. Michael Chopra went close with an overhead kick as did Eoin Jess with a close-range shot in the 88th minute.

A stroke of genius from the new manager brought about the equaliser. He took off Gareth Williams and brought on Gareth Taylor.

There were just 90 seconds on the clock when Taylor headed home the equaliser to make it 3 3.