The back to back draws that Forest had just achieved in the past week show a new edge to the team, games we may have lost some weeks ago, but now with a new edge we have suddenly started performing. This is an illustration of how we are slowly improving.
However I accept I have written similar things before only for us to slump back to bad form, or follow it up with a poor result. Let’s hope I have no not just cursed the Palace game.
A couple of months ago we would never have kept going and got the point we did against Brighton, that said it was deserved. We hit the woodwork 3 times which just goes to show how well did, but each time we hit it looked like it would be our day, till Lynch popped up to score against his former employers.
What was frustrating was the goal we conceded was classic Forest. Free header for an unmarked player in the area from a set piece. Happens all too often.
The Leicester game may have been dull for periods, notably the second half, but Dexter clipping the top of the bar we went closer. Since we lost 4-0 last time we played there that shows we have made strides toward improvement.
It was frustrating that twice we were breaking away on the counter and the ball got to Reidy, had it got to McCleary or anyone with a modicum of pace we may well have been in a chance to get clear and set up a great chance. However Reid has no pace and so was caught extremely quickly. That was one certain dampener for me, for all his creative qualities, sometimes those physical constraints still can hamper us.
The defence is stronger, and more rigid, however that was only our first clean sheet since the Coventry win, which hasn’t been good enough. Hopefully it is a step in the right direction.
We still sit there slightly away points wise from relegation but it’s one bad week away from being on the edge of crisis again. But we are showing enough to keep ourselves further up.
What is alarming though was how much we missed G Mac as a creative outlay. We needed him; also let’s hope his injury isn’t long term.
Games we would have lost now though are now being drawn. And those draws will be now wins hopefully. Confidence must be higher and I hark back to the Leeds win and the boost that would haven. 5 points from the past 3 games is a wonderful success we would all have taken. However there is an element of thinking could we have got more?