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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

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

Home discomforts and squad strengthening: Forest Ramble Podcast, December 2018

This month saw 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.

Home discomforts and squad strengthening: Forest Ramble Podcast, December 2018

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

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.

Derby County 0-0 Nottingham Forest: mini match report

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.

Grabban the goals: Forest Ramble Podcast, November 2018

Nottingham Forest 0-0 Stoke City: mini match report

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.

Nottingham Forest 0-0 Stoke City: mini match report

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.

Nottingham Forest 1-0 Sheffield United: mini match report

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

Cash Converters: Forest Ramble Podcast, March 2018

What a difference a month (and a manager) can make. If we thought it was going to be like turning an oil tanker, Aitor Karanka makes it look easy, with Cash and Lolley getting rich pickings.

Rich Ferraro is joined by Steven Toplis and the Maradona of the Midlands to discuss the last month's action on and off the pitch (hello Macron), with contributions from Baz eighteensixtyfive and the Forest Ramble Sketch from Jeremy Davies.

Cash Converters: Forest Ramble Podcast, March 2018