Nottingham Forest 2-1 Swansea City: mini match report
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?
Martin's midfield matters: Forest Ramble Podcast, March 2019 (video version)
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.
Nottingham Forest 1-3 Aston Villa: mini match report (video version)
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.
Nottingham Forest 1-0 Derby County: Forza Garibaldi! Forest Ramble Podcast EXTRA, February 2019 (video version)
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.
Six points off the play-offs - thanks ref! Forest Ramble Podcast, February 2019 (video version)
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?
Nottingham Forest 2-1 Brentford: mini match report (with Soundcloud and Youtube links)
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.
Martin O'Neill: one loss, one win, one season? Forest Ramble Podcast EXTRA, January 2019
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).
Nottingham Forest 3-1 Wigan Athletic: mini match report
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!
Martin O'Neill to become #nffc manager - you heard it here first!
It looks like Martin O'Neill for #nffc manager - you heard it here first last night, when The Maradona Of The Midlands had this to say...
Another new year, another new manager - Aitor Karanka departs #nffc: Forest Ramble Podcast, January 2019
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.
Chelsea 2-0 Nottingham Forest: mini match report
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.
Notttingham Forest 4-2 Leeds United: mini match report
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.
Home discomforts and squad strengthening: Forest Ramble Podcast, December 2018
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.
Nottingham Forest 0-1 QPR: mini match report
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.
Derby County 0-0 Nottingham Forest: mini match report
Steven Toplis shares his thoughts following Monday night’s hard-fought encounter with our woolly friends from down the road. Steven discusses whether or not Forest should have won, the Darikwa-Lawrence “penalty” incident, and potential red cards for Derby’s defenders.
"The marriage can be over...the love can be over" - remembering Pierre van Hooijdonk's strike: Forest Ramble Podcast EXTRA, December 2018
Rich Ferraro is joined by Steven Toplis and the Maradona of the Midlands to debate the lead-up, the fallout and the consequences for Forest’s team and Dave Bassett. We also look at whether Pierre’s actions were justified, and the effect that his strike had on the football world and player power.
Grabban the goals: Forest Ramble Podcast, November 2018
This month’s podcast discusses the ups and downs of a month which started with home defeat to a strong Norwich team, saw victory over top-of-the-table Sheffield United, but also saw Carabao Cup catastrophe at Burton, and the Roofe fall in at Leeds.
Nottingham Forest 0-0 Stoke City: (mini) mini match report
Steven Toplis shares his thoughts following Saturday’s stalemate against Stoke. Although there were no goals, Steven finds much to whet the appetite against a team with a Premier League back four and an international goalkeeper. He also has good words to say about the Forest defence, which kept another clean sheet and saw the best performance yet from Zimbabwe’s finest, Tendayi Darikwa.
Nottingham Forest 1-0 Sheffield United: mini match report
Rich Ferraro and the Maradona Of The Midlands have a post-match debrief after the excellent result against the top-of-the-table Blades. Kudos to the Reds for their game management after taking the lead, and special mentions to Claudio Yacob, and both keepers, for not having much to do.
Along with the rest of the football fan community, we send our condolences to everyone affected by Saturday night’s helicopter crash.
Nottingham Forest supporters know what it is like to prematurely lose a chairman and owner who deeply cared about his club…. We stand with you.
Nottingham Forest 1-2 Norwich City: mini match report
In this mini match report following the home defeat to Norwich, Baz talks about the performance, the substitutions, the goalkeeper and THAT post-match interview by the manager. Was it a deflecting tactic? Was it just plain wrong? Either way, it was a dangerous game.