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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?

Nottingham Forest 2-1 Swansea City: mini match report

Martin's midfield matters: Forest Ramble Podcast, March 2019

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.

Martin's midfield matters: Forest Ramble Podcast, March 2019

Nottingham Forest 1-3 Aston Villa: mini match report

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 1-3 Aston Villa: mini match report

Nottingham Forest 3-0 Hull City: mini match report

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.

Nottingham Forest 3-0 Hull City: mini match report

Nottingham Forest 1-0 Derby County: Forza Garibaldi! Forest Ramble Podcast EXTRA, February 2019

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.

Nottingham Forest 1-0 Derby County: Forza Garibaldi! Forest Ramble Podcast EXTRA, February 2019

Six points off the play-offs - thanks ref! Forest Ramble Podcast, February 2019

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?

Six points off the play-offs - thanks ref! Forest Ramble Podcast, February 2019

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).

Martin O'Neill: one loss, one win, one season? Forest Ramble Podcast EXTRA, January 2019

Another new year, another new manager - Aitor Karanka leaves #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.

Another new year, another new manager - Aitor Karanka leaves #nffc: Forest Ramble Podcast, January 2019

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.

Chelsea 2-0 Nottingham Forest: mini match report

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.

Notttingham Forest 4-2 Leeds United: mini match report

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.

Nottingham Forest 0-1 QPR: mini match report

Dancing in the dark: Forest Ramble Podcast, October 2018

This month’s podcast debates the Reds’ positive form since the last international break, with Forest finding different ways to get results. We lavish praise on Lolley, show gratitude for the goals of Grabban and Murphy, discuss our Deutsch defender and whether Pants is (ahem) pants, but we barely mention the floodlight failure against Millwall.

Dancing in the dark: Forest Ramble Podcast, October 2018

The end of season wives and girlfriends edition: Forest Ramble Podcast, May 2018

In May's end of season Forest Ramble, we look back on a season of two halves; have a Chewy over the prospect of a new hope for next season; and consider likely ins and outs, with the help of the Forest WAGS.

The end of season wives and girlfriends edition: Forest Ramble Podcast, May 2018

Is Evangelos Marinakis a magnate for trouble? Forest Ramble Podcast, April 2018

In April's Forest Ramble podcast, we discuss whether Aitor Karanka can bring success to the City Ground, we look at whether we can learn any lessons from the good old days, and we wonder whether our shipping magnate is merely attracting trouble.

Is Evangelos Marinakis a magnate for trouble? Forest Ramble Podcast, April 2018

The 2017 Forest Ramble Awards: Forest Ramble Podcast EXTRA, January 2018

After yet another turbulent year at the City Ground ends with the sacking of Mark Warburton and his management team, we look back at 2017 and choose our award winners in the following categories:

  1. Most important #nffc moment of the year
  2. Forest manager of the year (there were three to choose from!)
  3. Best signing of 2017
  4. Young player of the year
  5. Forest player of 2017
The 2017 Forest Ramble Awards: Forest Ramble Podcast EXTRA, January 2018

Diff'rent Strokes: Forest Ramble Podcast, November 2017

A Hallowe'en horror show saw the Royals rip the Reds apart, ending a mixed month for Mark Warburton, and adding to the fears of the fickle Forest fans. We also have reaction as the Kings of Nottingham take apart Queen's Park Rangers in November's Forest Ramble Podcast. 

Diff'rent Strokes: Forest Ramble Podcast, November 2017

The case for the defence: Forest Ramble, October 2017

October's Forest Ramble podcast sees Rich Ferraro, Steven Toplis and the Maradona Of The Midlands discuss Forest's continuing problems at the back, in the middle, and the issue of balance up front. Plus Jeremy Davies returns with the Forest Ramble Sketch.

The case for the defence: Forest Ramble, October 2017

Ahead of schedule: Forest Ramble, September 2017

The podders discuss the last month's goings-on at The City Ground - talking tactics, team selections and transfers, and looking at the questions of performances v results. In a break with tradition, we don't really need to talk about off-pitch matters.

Ahead of schedule: Forest Ramble, September 2017

We are top of the league (for a bit): Forest Ramble EXTRA, August 2017

In this extra podcast, Steven, Baz and special guest opinion Mark offer their views on the Reds' start to the season - does the performance matter when the result is good?

We are top of the league (for a bit): Forest Ramble EXTRA, August 2017

It's been a busy old summer: Forest Ramble Pre-Season Preview

In the first podcast of the season, Rich Ferraro is joined by the Maradona Of The Midlands and Steven Toplis to discuss Forest's new signings, new club structure and the feelgood factor that seems to be spreading around the City Ground.

It's been a busy old summer: Forest Ramble Pre-Season Preview