Nottingham Forest End Of Term Report
The ‘I f*cking love this game’ highlight of the season?
It’s been a rough old season this year, one filled with melancholy and disappointment, one with little to choose from in the way of true stand out moments. Saying that, that 3-7 demolition of Leeds United at Elland Road was a really something wasn’t it?
The season ticket shredding moment?
Helplessly watching as Steve McClaren single handedly reduced a team capable of promotion to passionless relegation fodder.
Got the right manager?
If you’d have asked me this question in late December when we hadn't won, or scored a solitary goal in 7 games I would have sided with the majority by categorically saying no. However Steve Cotterill has done well in the face of increased adversity and in all fairness to the gaffer, he has fulfilled his brief by keeping us in the league. With so much uncertainty surrounding the club in the off season and no clear buyer as yet, I think keeping Cotterill for continuity sake if nothing else, is the best course of action for the club.
Player of the season?
Though Garath McCleary’s rapid improvement is not to be ignored, and Adlene Guedioura’s dominating midfield displays were dearly appreciated – no player has been more pivotal to our turn around in fortunes for me, than Andy Reid. In his second stint at the club, Reid took the team by the scruff of the neck in the absence of any real direction from captain Luke Chambers. His vision and passing, plus the odd goal from his potent left peg has been the catalyst to a much improved second half of the season.
What would you change next term if you were the gaffer?
With all the issues surrounding player contracts and whether or not we’ll even have any funding next season it’s hard to say. My main point of focus would be to make Andy Reid captain and try as hard as possible to tie down out of contract players McCleary and Joel Lynch. Aside from that, finding a natural goalscorer whilst getting rid of the 5 or 6 who don’t appear to know what a goal is would be nice.
With so much uncertainty surrounding the club in the off season and no clear buyer as yet, I think keeping Cotterill for continuity sake if nothing else, is the best course of action for the club.
Which player would you like to sign?
Someone along the lines of Nikica Jelavic. A player who knows where the goal is, and will grab you a goal from even the smallest opportunity.
Andy Reid vs Millwall at the City Ground sticks in the mind. We’re up 2-1, Reid setting up both goals for McCleary and Higginbotham before Millwall grab one back. Reid picks the ball up just past half way, looks for a cross, sees no available options so proceeds to drive a left foot shot straight past the keeper into the top right corner from a mere 25 yards out.
Lee Camp has to take this for me. Following a solid performance last season, he was publicly courted by Premier League new boys Swansea. It was not to be, but Camp just couldn’t let it go, even saying how disappointing it was not to get the move in a TV interview prior to a game (extremely unprofessional). And it went onto to effect his performances. He has played all of Nottingham Forest’s games this season and has conceded a total of 75 goals. Says it all really.
There’s no matching a Chicken Balti pie from the City Ground. Though my lack of away travels this season gives me little to compare it to, I'm well informed there are better pies out there.
Player’s tweet of the season?
Our player of the season last year Luke Chambers has come under a lot of stick this year - some warranted, some not. So it was nice to see Joel Lynch tweeting for people to get off his back. Despite the horrendous use of ‘ppl’ it’s refreshing to see a little bit of team togetherness, even if it is on Twitter.
How do you plan to get through the summer without football?
By begrudgingly watching Euro 2012 (being Scottish means I involuntary hate international football) and buying copious amounts of clothing to cheer myself up.
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