One Step Back After Steps Forward

Well after all the euphoria of the hard fought win on Tuesday, Forest fans were bought back to earth with a bump with what looks in result as a thrashing by Portsmouth, 3-0 at Fratton Park,that no doubt will have hurt Steve Cotterill as much if not more than Forest fans.

The scoreline of course doesn't always tell the full story,and had chances fallen differently we might have seen more out of this game , like the late points we have snatched against Pompey before.

Steve summed it best post match when he said "How on earth did we lose 3-0? We've dominated and lost 3-0. I'm lost for words." Although maybe not fully accurate the truth is that we were not 3 goals worse.

But how many times have we seen Forest do the same? These games exist, remember Doncaster in League One walking all over us and losing 4-1? Jonathan Forte was majestic that day, yet they got thumped, well it looked like they did. History remembers the result not the performance.

Also an irony is that one of Cotterill's last signings got both goals. Erik Huseklepp netted two goals to help defeat the Reds. Dave Kitson in between netted in between for Portsmouth.

Forests bright points came from a great effort by Findley that was very well saved. Morgan too went close when it was still a one goal arrears.

To believe the BBC highlights it all looked Pompey, but it just seems lazy editing.

The truth is Forest are a changed team under Cotterill. Confidence appears to be back. The game against Reading for instance, under McClaren we'd have lost our way and probably lot it.

Interesting comments have surfaced this week about players being frozen out, like Marcus Tudgay,told he had no future and then dragged in to play. It hardly inspires a player to play well when he knows the manager doesn't rate him, and maybe this was half the problem. Players really not being focused on anything because McClaren frankly wanted to replace them come what may after proving themselves before.

I've said it once, I'll say it again, I bore all the hall marks of Roy Hodgeson at Liverpool.