October we managed to address the in-consistency of the month before and grind out some important wins. The whipping boys of the league Blackpool were disposed of comfortably between two difficult wins either side against Reading and Wigan respectively. A draw at the Den (Millwall)
was all that denied maximum points for the month.
Chris Martin was cementing his role of lone striker with five of the eleven goals scored that month, with summer signing Billy Mckay
growing more frustrated with the lack of first team opportunities. Craig Bryson
topped the Opta stats charts for performances with Lampard-esque influences on games.
On paper it was going to be a tough month with four promotion candidates to play, but November can only be described as disappointing. One win from five games and consistency conceding a couple of goals a game makes it much tougher to win. Every one of the previously stable back five had a bad game this month and it showed in the performance of the team.
Thankfully again the team responded by following up with a strong month in the hectic December schedule. Revenge on Leeds was topped by fantastic wins against a strong Norwich and Brighton. Youngster Jordan Ibe
was growing into a shoe-in in the first XI and Chris Martin
continued his fine form with another five goals in the month. I was under no illusions that some strengthening would need to take place in January if we were to continue our promotion push.
January, and the return of the FA Cup for our level. Barnet gave us a huge scare taking a two goal lead, but we rallied and found ourselves in the fourth round and a trip to the Etihad to face Manchester City. What followed was a game we should have won. A strong City XI missing only Aguero and Nasri labored and struggled to a draw, with Will Hughes
hitting the post in the last minute in front of a stunned City crowd. The replay to be played at the iPro stadium on the 4th of February.
Continued leaking of goals in the championship was a worry, as well as letting a two goal lead slip in the East Midlands derby, Britt Assombalonga
missing for a Forest side that really, we should have beat. Heads do of course turn to the replay with Manchester City however and hopefully, a piece of history for the club.