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
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 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 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 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
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
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
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.Read More
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.Read More