Ben Watson: the Ginger Fernandinho! #nffc Forest Ramble Podcast, September 2019

After an action-packed August, Rich Ferraro is joined by Steven Toplis and the Maradona of the Midlands to discuss the excellent start to Sabri Lamouchi’s tenure and how Ben Watson has become the Fernandinho of the Forest.

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Pride of Nottingham: Nottingham Forest 3-0 Derby County mini match report

This was a night where Forest’s Head Coach and foreign players showed that they really understood the meaning of the occasion. Sure, it was only the Carabao Cup, but it was against Derby, and a young Forest team showed to a man that they wanted it more than their woolly counterparts.

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Pep in your step: Fulham 1-2 Nottingham Forest mini match report

The Reds may not have had the possession, but they certainly knew what to do with it, as they took the lead in a manner that Pep Guardiola would have admired, with all eleven men playing a part.

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Smashed it: Nottingham Forest 3-0 Birmingham City mini match report

A dominant performance from the Reds after two early goals from Lolley and Grabban, and a wonderful moment as skipper Michael Dawson scored his first Reds goal in fifteen years. In truth, the Reds could have scored twice as many, with Sow, Ameobi and Grabban all guilty of missing when it looked easier to score. Sabri Lamouchi again showed his ability to pick a team for the occasion, and to use his substitutions well.

Match report by Steven Toplis.

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Smash and Grabban: Leeds United 1-1 Nottingham Forest mini match report

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.

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"Is that a French thing?" Forest Ramble Podcast, August 2019

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.

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Forest Ramble Podcast EXTRA: What makes a Forest manager? Part 2: Gary Megson to Aitor Karanka

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?

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Forest Ramble Podcast EXTRA: What makes a Forest manager? Part 1: Frank Clark to Joe Kinnear

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…

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Au revoir O'Neill, bienvenue Lamouchi: Rich Ferraro's Forest Ramble Podcast, July 2019 (video version)

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.

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#nffc 2018-19 Season Review: Forest Ramble Podcast, May 2019

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.

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Nottingham Forest 3-0 Middlesbrough: mini match report (video version)

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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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Nottingham Forest 3-0 Hull City: mini match report (video version)

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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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).

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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!

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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.

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