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Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Month by Month 2010/11 Season Review: November

November would be the month where the season started coming together, and we motored up the table into contention for the top spots.

It started with a 1-1 draw away at Watford. McGugan scored yet another wonder goal, with an effort from range that looped in. We were in an away slump before hand pretty much save for the Preston game so hopes hadn't been too high. Mutch had put the Hornets into an early lead before McGugans strike saved a point. Watford had been on bad form so really should have been there for the taking, but confidence was still being constructed with Forest.
The views on the forum were as such
Michael 123 said
A very poor return from two away games now heaps the pressure on us to win our two forthcoming home games against good opposition, especially as two tough away games follow that. November really could decide if we are capable of mounting a serious assault on this league. Why didn't Wilson play yesterday?

Manic Loop said
pleased with a point in a game i had down down as a defeat.


Between this game and the Coventry home game next though came another revelation. Billy was reportedly only working 3 days a week and commuting up to Scotland for much of the time to see his family. It would be also the first time that Billys lawyer would start to enter the fray as a character in the season, with Billy saying anyone who has any complaints or questions should contact his lawyer. Sounds familiar.

And so we into a game against Coventry with a lot of disarray. Again fans divided, again questions being off the field rather than on field matters. And it really was an unhappy atmosphere when Coventry took the lead against the run of play. An own goal by Chambers. However Forest hit back with a wonderful Majewski strike, which made the goal of the season short-list, and then in the second half an in swinging Cohen free kick went past everyone into the goal. Not the first or last time this will occur. Coventry would try and fail to equalise, and the song of "she said no Marlon,she said no." echoed around the ground (being directed at ex Forest striker Marlon King and his jail time served for punching a woman who refused his advances)



The next game was a big one, QPR at home Both teams attempting to keep their records, Forests unbeaten home record and QPRs excellent run of of form. So it was hardly a surprising goalless draw. It wasn't a classic, but it showed Forest were the equal of the top team in the division on their day.
The fans views were as follows.
Forest008 said
As for Forest, Gunter, Cohen and Anderson were really poor.
Team lacks any cutting edge, we just don't seem to go for it, Anderson has been dire this season.

IntotheForest said
Don't get why folk were moaning around me and for that matter why any fan is moaning. We were playing top of the league, kept a clean sheet and got a cracking point. Not as if we were playing Scunthorpe or Barnsley and just sat back. We gave them as good as they got and in the end a point was a fair result.


We then scored one of arguably our best results of the season, going to Cardiff with indifferent away form, when they were one of the most fancied teams in the division and coming away with 3 points was magnificent. I think most fans would have taken a draw pre-game, but a triumphant 2-0 was unexpected and welcome even if it did come at a heavy cost.
McGugan scored a great goal to put us ahead. He scored a trademark range effort after good work from Adebola. Blackstock would follow this up by putting us two up. And it was deserved. This wasn't a smash and grab win, we went there and took them out.
This great win was marred however by a season ending injury to Dexter Blackstock. At the time I don't think we quite gauged the effect this would have long term, as Blackstock really could have been a vital player in the latter stages for us, but that's Football, you take what comes to you. What else was galling was Dave Jones complete lack of sympathy, merely suggesting it was something else for Billy Davies to moan about. One manager I am pleased to see the back off.



Between this game and the next Forest pulled off what looked like a wonderful coup in signing Aaron Ramsey on loan from Arsenal. Looking back, it could and should have been so much more, but the early December weather stopped using him how we might have hoped. On the same day we also initially loaned Tudgay which would become a permanent deal, as Blackstocks replacement.



We then went to local rivals Leicester. In front of the Sky camera's we lost 1-0, probably deserved to as well. However the manner of the goal made it hard to take, a rebounded Darius Vassell effort tucked in by Andy King. We had cleared efforts off the line, the game was notable for Forest as Ramseys debut.
The fans views were as such
Forest7 said
I just don't see how our tactic of playing it head height to earnshaw was ever going to work. Our wingers, Anderson, tyson and McCleary just don't make the right decisions and give away possession cheaply. I think January needs to see a replacement for the Moose (ideally Pratley), a genuine replacement for tyson (e.g. Hamill or Coppinger) and a new target man on loan to replace Blackstock (unless Tudgay can do the job).

forestforever32 said
it was drab .......Too much atsnding around watching the opponents instead of getting tackles in....if it weren't for camp and chambers we would have been hammered ....how embarrassing .....


So November still saw slightly indifferent form, but we picked up big points against big teams and had ourselves up near the top. We had picked up a couple more players, although one admittedly on limited loan time so optimism amongst ans was picking up. The slow start was slowly starting to build pace.

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