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Friday, 24 June 2011

Month by Month 2010/11 Season Review: December

So December was nearly a washout, games being postponed all over following the worst snow we have seen in a generation.

And to illustrate the snow I have taken this brilliant shot of Market Square in the snow. I applaud the genius behind this charade.


We did start the month with other news, namely that England didn't get the World Cup, and therefore Forest wouldn't be getting a new stadium. I personally have mixed views on this. The Main Stand is starting to show its age badly, and a new stadium would be lovely as an environment to watch football in, BUT no doubt for a while like most new stadia the atmosphere would be stale. Pockets of crowd that have organically grown for years would be separated, and no doubt prices would rise also.

Matches against Scunthorpe, Bristol City and Middlesbrough fell foul of the weather. It also left us with a lot of games in hand against teams above us. Which would start to become key as the next few months progressed.

When we did finally get to play again on December 18th against Crystal Palace it had been 3 weeks or so since we last kicked a ball competitively. Chambers opened scoring, as he does with a header froma Lewis McGugan corner. Tudgay would extend the lead with a long range lob when he was set clear with the ball bouncing up and Speroni rushing to him, he looped it over him and into the net, and ultimately this goal made its way on to our goals of the season shortlist. It was also Tudgays first Forest goal. McCleary would finish the romp with a well taken goal after work down the left by Tyson.
Fans reactions were upbeat
Forest7 on the forum said
Good win, job done. Really pleased with Tudgay, took his goal superbly and has good intelligence and awareness. Think Earnie will enjoy playing with him. Earnie was poor though, he was involved, but his touch has gone at the moment, which is worrying and that's why he isn't scoring.

IntotheForest said
Perfect return. Everyone played well and Palace were woeful.


Then just before Christmas broke the news from Scotland that Billy Davies was implicated in the Tommy Sheridan sex scandal. Apparently being involved in orgies, it lead to many a joke about just being there to advise and recommend. I don't think too many Forest were angry at the news, just raising an eyebrow at possibly one of the more bizarre Forest related stories to break in recent times.

Which all lead us to the next and final game of 2010. A little match against some team called Derby at the City Ground on December 28th. Needless to say I think we all remember what happened, but for the sheer pleasure it gives me lets go through it all again.
5-2. yeah, 5. The A5-2 joke started getting tired quick didn't after the game, but, nonetheless 5-2. We took the lead via a Chambers header again,only for Moore to cancel it out. There wasn't the need to worry though, Tudgay then stuck twice to put us in front. The first was a header that barely crossed the line, and his second and our third came from a good cross from Tyson, this one having no doubt whatsoever about its quality.

After half time, we made it 4-1, Tyson,who had one his best ever games in the Red of Forest, before now going to Derby, floated across a ball right across the edge of the 6 yard box, Earnshaw poking it home to send Forest fans into raptures. Commons briefly made things jittery when he scored a long range free kick that completely bamboozled Camp, and then the "Forest fan" celebrated in front of Forest fans (though notably the quieter less vociferous fans) No need to worry because after Leacock absolutely screwed up clearing a ball, Earnshaw raced clear and netted our fifth and consigned Derby to one hell of a beating.

It also left us in a very strong position, on form, free scoring, and flying up the league. Things were looking good. None of the in fighting of previous months, no dissenting voices, just pure unadulterated pleasure (especially for Billy when Tommy was around). Good stuff Forest.

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