I’m not sure how mad you can get at the players with a performance like the one on Saturday.
Personally I’d just put it down to ‘one of those days’, where things just didn’t go right as we were just missing that one final piece of the puzzle. If you look at the statistics, 32 shots with just two on target and 69% possession, on any other day that can be three or four in the back of the net.
It’s aggressive, just like I’ve been calling for, it just wasn’t meant to be. That’s perhaps why Matty Cash wasn’t necessarily angry with the result, instead just disappointed, as he said in his post-match interview to the club website:
“They were really solid at the back and we tried to create something but couldn’t. That’s what you do when you’re one down, you keep trying to create chances and have shots and tonight it just didn’t pay off. There are a few positives we can take because we played some really good football in the second half and we were on top massively, but overall it was disappointing.”
Given Forest’s start to the season, I think we can allow them the odd blip every now and again, when they can play incredibly well but not get the result, and so long as it doesn’t become too regular an occurrence, then things should be OK.
And how do the club go about making sure it doesn’t happen again? By doubling their efforts when it comes to the January transfer window. With reports coming in that they are likely to sign Dwight Gayle, a display like that will really act as a bit of a warning to the club that it can’t be allowed to happen again.
Was Saturday's game simply
Just 'one of those days' where things don't go right
An example of a much bigger problem
If they can just keep up this level of performance on a weekly basis, and then add that one player who can round it all off, and given his Championship record there shouldn’t be any reason why he can’t, then Forest can really think about challenging the top two in the division, rather than just the top 6.