I have been fairly busy these past few days and have barely had a chance to be able to collect my thoughts, let alone put them down on page, so for that I am sorry and only now I can begin to talk about two very dour games. This should be easy, because there isn't that much to talk about.
The Hull game could have gone either way to be honest. Both teams not exactly playing at their best. Hull had a game plan to strangle the game and that they did. The chances were few are far between.
Hull of course ended our unbeaten run last season, and with two members of that squad on their bench in Adebola and McKenna it was possibly unsurprising that it was them that ended Cotterills admittedly short but pleasurable unbeaten start to Forest managership.
When of course those two came off the bench for the second half the fear is that either will score. In fact McKenna would set up the goal for Hull, after a particular unpleasurable bout of head tennis he nodded through for McLean to score for Hull, not long someone near me said that how rubbish he is compared to how he was at Peterborough, thanks for jinxing it.
That came after our best effort of the game which was a medium range left footed Majewski drive which the keeper saved. Probably our best effort of the game.
All in all not a classic but I have seen far worse games.
Which leads neatly on to Tuesdays night events, which really push that mantle of worst game ever close (which goes to Forest v Stoke on New Year’s Day a few years ago) it just had a feel of the both sides, both fans and even the officials not really being arsed to try. It would explain the ref’s inability to punish Reading for taking so long over throw ins early on.
Miller had of course mad way through injury for Findley to make a start, I hoped to see more use of his supposed pace, but I have yet to really see him outpace any defender in the way that Tyson and Darcheville used to.
This game as said was largely horrendous, with bad passing, especially from Moussi being a key component of both teams abject performance. We did have the ball in the net early through Tudgay, which was disallowed for offside, and McAnuff had a dipping cross that hit the bar, and that was largely that, with the crowd fairly disgruntled but no unhappy enough to boo at half time.
The second half saw Reid replace Majewski and it created new options, for one the ability of someone to cross which had been missing. Tudgay had one shot on target from range in the second half of note, and not else much else sticks out till Tudgay scored. McGugan fed Chambers, who crossed for Tudgay to take it down swivel and finish.
Reading at the death, and let’s remember that Reading and at the death are phrases that nearly haunted us last season when they came back and nicked a game last season in that particularly ropey run in early spring when our playoff hopes looked to be imploding) Hunt had a close range header which Camp parried well away from goal to maintain our win. Three wins in four is a commendable record regardless for any manager, but when we were so poor before it speaks volumes for the way Cotterill has silenced early critics.
All in all two forgettable games, but progress is visible for all to see.