September had started to see form improve and coming into October it looked a relatively easier month to score points from and continue our ascendancy up the table to takeour rightful place towards the top. It didn't quite work out that way.
It did start with an away draw against Doncaster, in a game where we had taken the lead and quickly lost it again. The fact is we also clung on to this point, to make another triumphant away draw. It took our unbeaten run to nine, even if most of them were draws just like this. Blackstock had again been the scorer, his was a good start to the season. Seeing as Doncaster had been somewhat of a bogey team fans were satisfied with the point
Forest 7 said
Will take that after bar being whacked and Sharp missing in 94th min. We aren't a million miles away if we start winning home games
IntotheForest view was
Was a good game yesterday but we have to start taking our chances. There doesn't really seem much predatory instinct up front with Earnshaw out and while Dexter is chipping in with the goals, we need that bit more threat.
Good performance though from most on the team although Moussi was once again utter garbage. The guy is a liability and almost gifted them a goal late on when in typical Moussi fashion he panicked and passed it straight to one of their players who forced Camp into a good save.
We then after a 2 week break went to an away game against Barnsley that is best forgotten, save for a good McGugan goal. We lost 3-1 to the Tykes. As a consequence we were back in the lower half the table lying in 15th place. This game was notable in so far as Billy absent with illness and Ned Kelly took charge. Of course with the disarray surrounding the managership at the time all sort of conspiracy theories were flying around. Many fans were deeply unhappy with this result and rightly so.
Pathetic performance and I guess without Billy's presence it just showed how average this team really was.
Poor team selection by Billy it has to be said though. 2 DMs, 2 CMs and your wingers on the bench, woeful stuff. While I can see why Dele got a start he was utter garbage and Moussi continues to become one of the worst players I have ever seen in a red shirt.
Only plus point was Mcgugan looking as good as normal and McGoldrick looking brilliantly lively when he come on.
Very worrying result. Really strikes of a squad with no confidence or togetherness.
Worried that all the poison from Davies has ****ed this season up. A good manager, who has the clubs interests at heart rather than his own would have rallied troops ahead of the season and pushed on with a squad very smilar to the one who nearly got promoted last season.
See where we are at christmas - But I can see Doughty turning the pressure up on him.
So it was good with morale falling again to go into two very winnable home games against Middlesbrough and Ipswich. These would be the tale of two free kicks.
Forest stretched the unbeaten home run to 25 games by beating Boro 1-0(their 5th away defeat in a row) when McGugan blasted a free kick from out wide across the area and straight into the net. Majewski had hit the bar earlier also. Boro had never threatened much and showed why they were struggling. Lita had wasted a wonderful opportunity however.
Thefans views were as followed
very pleasing win. not a great game, but it was vital to get back on winning form
Michael 123 said
I guess with it being such a dire game, with two sides lacking confidence and knowing that had we played anyone with a bit about them we would have been beat...I do think it is time to bring Wilson back in, not because Chambers was poor as he had an alright game, but because i think we miss Wilsons distribution from the back, especially when at home with teams sitting off us.
This was quickly followed by a 2-0 win against Ipswich which will be long remember for one thing. Goal of the season by Lewis McGugan. But that is jumping the gun. McGoldrick had already(just)scored the first when netting a cross from the left, the ball squeezed just below the bar and inside the post. Just before half time,Cohen was fouled 35 yards from goal,and McGugan as I am sure we all remember did the rest. The win raised Forest up to 10th in the Table and life was looking good again Trentside. The second half was largely a non event save for a penalty appeal turned down.
The fans views were as follows
Best performance since the Swansea game a few weeks back. Finally put in a credible performance that warranted a win although Ipswich had their chances.
McGugan once again was fantastic, it's a huge shame that some fans seem to want him to slip up just so they can say told you so. Gonna be difficult for any other goals we score this year to top that one today. I am delighted Lewis' performances have finally made Raddy get his arse into gear who has been great these past two home games
McGoldrick got a start which I was calling for and I'm delighted he got a goal. David should of started on Tuesday in all honesty as he looked promising vs Barnsley last weekend.
Im still amazed by McGugan's goal.
out of this world
We next went away to Portsmouth, and our poor away form looked to be back making it back to back away defeats against teams ultimately that would be middle of the table also rans. Pompey won 2-1, we had gone 1 down and equalised only for Liam Lawrence, rejected by Forest as a kid,to net a winner not long after the hour mark.
The match report on 24-7 read as follows
Its not defeat that is as deflating as some. Forest are failing to put together a run of form though consistently home and away to move forward and up the league. Stuttering by winning home and losing away will mean we merely flounder in mid table. The turn from away draws to defeats now is somewhat of a worry. It may be too late to catch the leaders before this away form is sorted out, whether a change of outlook, a bit of form and a rise in confidence or fresh blood into the mix is open for debate, probably a combination of all.
The win saw Pompey go above us into 10th,and the inconsistency was seeing us bob up and down mid table. We had finished the month as we had started it. Top half, but lacking the consistent performances and results to push on into the play offs and really challenge the big boys