The headlines screamed about the controversy leading up to Forest’s equaliser, and the potential penalties, but from a Forest perspective there was much to feel encouraged by, as the Reds showed real steel to gain a point against a strong Leeds team.Read More
It’s a new season at The City Ground and Rich Ferraro is joined by Steven Toplis, Baz and the Maradona of the Midlands to review the opening day defeat against West Bromwich Albion - the overall feeling seems to be disappointed but not despondent.
Talking points include Aro Mujic, Alfa Semedo and Ben Watson, Rafa Mir’s impressive cameo, and how Sabri Lamouchi responded both during and after the match.Read More
In the second part of this podcast special, Rich Ferraro, Steven Toplis and the Maradona of the Midlands look back over the 20-something managers to grace the City Ground over the last 25 years. Part 1 covered the years from Frank Clark through to Joe Kinnear; now it is the turn of the last fifteen years’ worth of managers. There have been a lot of them, with the longest serving incumbent being Billy Davies (over two spells); but can you think of a worse place to start than Gary Bloody Megson?Read More
In this podcast special (recorded before the departure of Martin O’Neill), Rich Ferraro, Steven Toplis and the Maradona of the Midlands look back over the 20-something managers to grace the City Ground over the last 25 years. Starting with Frank Clark, incorporating DaveHarryBassett, David Platt, Paul Hart and Joe Flippin’ Kinnear, your intrepid podcasters explore their methods, demeanour, and most crucially, how successful they were.
Part 2 coming soon…Read More
Friday 28th June 2019 brought the shock sacking of Martin O’Neill, with his replacement swiftly being announced as Sabri Lamouchi.
In this bonus podcast, Rich Ferraro is joined by Baz, Steven Toplis and the Maradona Of The Midlands to discuss what went wrong for O’Neill, what to expect from Lamouchi, as well as the bigger issues of player power and the Marinakis Method of running a football club.Read More
In a bumper end-of-season podcast, Rich Ferraro is joined by Baz, Steven and the Maradona Of The Midlands to review and digest a turbulent season with a bland end. We look at tactics, points totals, referees, Karanka v MON (obviously), which players are likely to go, and which positions we might need to fill in the summer.
In addition, Jeremy Davies joins us for the last Forest Ramble Sketch before the break.Read More
After much stuttering, grumbling and threats of mutiny, the Forest fans were lifted by a Joao Carvalho masterclass to end a run of four straight defeats and dent Middlesbrough’s play-off hopes. Baz reports on a new formation, strong performances at the back and upfront, and how the tactics enabled Forest to get the best out of the Portuguese wizard.Read More
In this opinion piece, our regular contributor Steven Toplis shares his thoughts on the Martin O’Neill situation, and how it is being played out amongst the fans, press and on social media.Read More
It wasn’t pretty, but to the surprise of just about everyone, Forest managed to get three points with two late goals against a Swansea team who pretty, if not effective. Baz reviews the outcome, the tactics and decodes Martin O’Neill’s pre-match press conferences - although at this stage of the season, isn’t it just the points that count?Read More
In March’s Forest Ramble Podcast, Rich Ferraro and Steven Toplis explore the importance of midfield, which won us the Derby game, but lost us the fixture against Villa. The podcast team also mention the officials (do Premier League referees ever do well in the Championship?), and the odd disconnect between the positivity at the City Ground, and the doom and gloom on social media and comments pages.Read More
A disappointing night at the City Ground, as Forest once again failed to win two matches in a row, and simultaneously surrendered their strong recent home record. Steven Toplis reflects on Villa’s strengths, Forest’s areas for improvement, and saves some special words for the performances of Celebrity Ref Mike Dean and the Villains’ role as… well, villains.Read More
In the end it seemed quite comfortable, but it took seventy minutes and two attacking substitutions to get there. Rich Ferraro and Baz review Forest’s victory over Hull City.Read More
After a gritty, hard-fought but excellent win over our woolly rivals from down the road, Rich Ferraro is joined by Baz, Steven Toplis and the Maradona Of The Midlands to review the match, the tactics and the Reds’ playoff prospects. There are kind words for the manager, the midfield and the massive pair of beasts at centre-half, not forgetting the mammoth contribution from Forza Garibaldi and the Forest supporters.Read More
In February’s Forest Ramble, Rich Ferraro, Steven Toplis and the Maradona Of The Midlands discuss the circumstances that have clearly cost the Reds six points this season, making the difference between the play-off places and mid-table obscurity; do these things really even themselves out over the course of a season?Read More
Another win for Forest at home under Martin O'Neill, and another missed penalty for Lewis Grabban. With transfer business concluded. Baz reviews the personnel and tactics used by MON, with particular mentions for Leo Bonatini, Alex Milosevic, Ryan Yates and Lewis Grabban, and a prediction about Forest's style of play under the new manager.Read More
In this Forest Ramble Podcast Extra, your intrepid reporters consider the romantic appointment of Martin O’Neill, and his prospects of being the Reds manager this time next year (don’t say you hadn’t thought about it).Read More
After an encouraging, if not earth-shattering first win for Martin O'Neill, Baz reviews the match. Although he didn’t think Wigan had much to offer, he had good words to say about the midfield (in particular the return of club captain Ben Watson), and the gaffer’s tactical tweaks. He also praises the fans for singing Pants’ name despite his potentially costly first-half error.
What a difference a win makes!Read More
After a disappointing first match in charge for Martin O'Neill, Baz looks at the tactics employed against Bristol City and what went wrong on the day.Read More
In January’s Forest Ramble Podcast, we reel from the news of Aitor Karanka’s departure and look at the effect it had on the team (not a good one, if the last few weeks’ results have been anything to go by). Rich Ferraro, Steven Toplis, the Maradona Of The Midlands and Baz review recent results, digest defensive deficiencies and contemplate the club’s contingency plans.Read More
With speculation about the manager seemingly on the backburner (although now firing again, at the time of writing), Forest took their makeshift defence to Chelsea, who put out a strong team, exemplified by a misfiring £60m striker getting two goals, a World Cup winning Spaniard seeing his penalty saved, and Eden Hazard coming on as a substitute. Although the Premier League team’s power and guile proved too much for Forest, there was some pride in the Reds’ resilience.Read More
A 4-2 victory over Leeds United just after Christmas, Forest one place outside the play-offs in a season that hasn’t been smooth but has shown promise - surely not another managerial departure?
Rich Ferraro and Baz review an entertaining encounter at the City Ground, where the players seemingly responded to the situation surrounding Aitor Karanka, and apparently put paid to the rumours that the Spaniard had lost the dressing room.Read More
This month Rich Ferraro is joined by Steven Toplis, the Maradona Of The Midlands and Baz, to look back at a tricky set of fixtures for the Reds. There were two frustrating home defeats to Preston North End and Queen’s Park Rangers, but also encouraging away displays (for entirely different reasons) at Aston Villa and Derby County. We review the defensive difficulties of losing three of your centre-halves, and the knock-on effect at full-back, discuss the importance of the holding midfield roles, and whether Aitor Karanka’s tactical shuffles have been (and can be) effective.Read More
Rich Ferraro and Baz review a disappointing afternoon at the City Ground, where the players seemed a bit flat, incurring the wrath of Aitor Karanka. We discuss the visitors’ tactics, the contribution of the referee (did he actually affect the outcome of the game?) and the weaknesses in a performance where no Forest player stood out, despite Karanka’s change of formation and tactics via an unexpected double substitution.Read More