Posts tagged joao carvalho
"It couldn't have gone much better": #nffc Forest Ramble Podcast, October 2019

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.

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Bees feel Forest sting: Nottingham Forest 1-0 Brentford mini match report

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.

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Top of the tree: Stoke City 2-3 Nottingham Forest mini match report

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.

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Sabri-ball! Nottingham Forest 1-0 Barnsley: mini match report

In this extended mini match report, Baz takes the time to explore Sabri-ball - what has Lamouchi asked his players to do, what does this look like to the fans, and is it actually working?

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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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#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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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