In a specially extended match report, Rich Ferraro and Baz discuss Forest’s excellent and rather pleasing win over Derby County. In a match notable for perspiration, rather than inspiration, Tiago Silva really caught the eye with arguably his best performance yet for the Reds.Read More
In a bonus podcast, Rich Ferraro and Baz discuss the modern football manager - with new structures in place, how much power does he have, does he choose his own players, and what difference does it actually make to Sabri Lamouchi?Read More
Some Forest fans will blame the ref for this one, but the Reds’ were the architects of their own downfall. Sloppy defending cost us two goals, and Hull’s excellent wingers showed up their red-shirted counterparts. Unfortunately poor team play, a lack of drive and a poor final ball meant that Forest simply did not do enough to threaten Hull, despite the visitors being reduced to ten men.Read More
This month’s podcast is brought to you with a nasty cough and the benefit of hindsight: an undefeated (in the league) month sees Forest sitting in second place, including a few hours at the top of the tree.
Rich Ferraro, Steven Toplis and the Maradona of the Midlands heap praise upon Sabri Lamouchi in the wake of his Manager of the Month award, and keep something aside for man of the moment Brice Samba.Read More
To round off a good month for the Reds, Forest bagged a deserved victory over Brentford, leaving them second in the table going into October’s international break. As Baz reports, this was another great team performance.Read More
It probably won’t last long (and no-one won the league in September anyway), but a hard-fought victory away to Stoke City enabled Forest to sit at the top of the league, if only for one night. Rich Ferraro once again praises Ben Watson, and has some words for the strength of the squad enabling Sabri’s substitutions.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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