The second period opened with Forest probably having their one small period of domination, albeit without doing anything that would particularly concern Steve Mildenhall, whose only serious work in the first half was to claim a few crosses and pick the ball out of the net from the penalty. Kris Commons put a ball across the face of the box that Lester and Perch were close to getting on the end of before a Yeovil boot thumped the ball away. Commons then had a drive that was deflected out for a corner. Then a Scott Dobie shot went narrowly wide of the pot.
But that was about as good as it got for Forest as they gradually got sucked into their own half, and the Glovers, kicking towards their favoured Westland Stand end got themselves back on top. Anthony Barry's long range drive was deflected by James Perch for a corner. Then an excellent cross by Marcus Stewart found the head of Wayne Gray, but he got under the ball a little too much, and his header sliced narrowly wide of the target when anything on target would surely have scored.
Marcus Stewart was the next to head wide as he failed to convert an Andy Lindegaard cross. Forest were by this time being upset by Yeovil's running at pace at their back line, with Arron Davies in particular the tormentor in chief, causing their defence to back off every time he surged forward. Chris Cohen was also one for a forward run or two, but one of his runs was blocked by Forest youngster Lewis McGugan - one of the lesser names in their side, but one of the best for the visitors on the night. A Lee Morris cross was met by Wayne Gray at the back post, but he was a little too wide of goal to justify shooting, and his pull-back missed his team-mates as the ball flashed across the goal. Gray then forced keeper Paul Smith into a sharp parry, with the Forest defence being forced to hack the ball away as the home crowd roared, willing the ball into the back of the net for an equaliser that just felt imminent under the pressure that was being forced.
With under 20 minutes left, Yeovil found just the width of a goalpost separating them from an equaliser as they turned the screw on Forest. Anthony Barry's excellent cross to the back post saw Marcus Stewart find himself some room in the box but his downward glancing header bounced off the base of the post, with Forest keeper Paul Smith caught entirely flatfooted, and the visiting defence were able to hack the loose ball away. It couldn't get much closer than that though.
Forest's desperation to keep the Glovers away from their goal gradually began to use illegal means that saw them pick up three bookings in quick succession. John Curtis was the first for a foul on Nathan Jones after the left-back was pulled back. Wes Morgan came on as a substitute to try and tighten up the Forest defence even further, and his first contribution to the game was to land in the book for a foul on Chris Cohen. Then Kris Commons continued the Forest trend of kicking a lump out of the Yeovil midfielder and he joined Curtis and Morgan in the book, with Commons leaving the field immediately afterwards for Forest's second substitution.
It has been a running trend for Yeovil to struggle to get penalties awarded for themselves this season. Should they go down doing crocodile rolls? Should they surround the match officials in order to try and force the issue home? Whatever it is, it is extraordinary that yet another cast iron penalty should have been awarded nine minutes from time. Right in front of the Westland Stand, Lee Morris gained possession inside the penalty box, and with his back to goal, threatened to turn before the boot of Wes Morgan clearly kicked clumsily at the back of his calf. Absolutely no doubt that referee Nigel Miller should have blown for a spot kick that would have put Yeovil back in the game, and the match official even had a second bite of the cherry when Morris scrambled to his feet in an attempt to regain his momentum, only to find Morgan leaning on him and sending him to the deck a second time. The second challenge was debatable, but the first just left you scratching your head, as well as throwing a few more expletives at the match official. Precisely what did he see that suggested that a defender kicking someone on the calf isn't a foul?
If a 1-0 scoreline didn't do justice to the attacking efforts of Russell Slade's side across the whole 90 minutes, then the doubling of that scoreline in the final couple of minutes was nothing short of soul-destroying. That said, it was self-inflicted. The usually impeccable Terrell Forbes, who was about to pick up a handful of end of season player awards, slid in on a loose ball that Jack Lester was racing in on and the Forest striker got their first, knocking the ball sideways and then going down under the challenge. If the first spot kick had been controversial, this one was not at all, and after a lengthy delay involving unrelated treatment to Forest's Gary Holt, James PERCH stepped up to the plate in the absence of the substituted Kris Commons and again Steve Mildenhall went the wrong way, giving Forest a priceless 2-0 lead as injury time approached.
Unsurprisingly, a shellshocked Glovers side didn't create an awful lot in the closing minutes of play, and they will certainly need to keep their chins up for the second leg if they are to maintain their self-belief for the second leg. It says rather a lot that Forest's only two shots on target in the entire 90 minutes were the two spot kicks. Steve Mildenhall wasn't forced into a save, whilst Forest keeper Paul Smith had to deal with close to a dozen Yeovil efforts at the other end. If the Glovers can maintain that ratio in the second leg, then they will stand a chance - provided they can give Forest a scare with a fairly early goal. The playoffs are not entirely out of Yeovil's reach, but the two penalties at Huish Park could well prove costly to their ambitions in the end.