SWD is off to the Silkmen

Forest youngster Spencer Weir-Daley is another last minute loanee to leave Forest on deadline day – he’s heading to Macclesfield to get some league experience for an as-yet unconfirmed length of time.

Spencer’s been very prolific at academy and reserve level, but with the arrival of Junior Agogo in the Forest first team ranks his chances of breaking into the first team look limited, so sending the youngster out on loan seems like a sensible course of action to get him some more experience and give us a chance to see how he performs in competitive action.

Good luck Spence!

Calderwood picks up manager of the month

Colin Calderwood has deservedly picked up manager of the month for August, after guiding the mighty reds to the top of League One in an undefeated month – if we ignore the not inconsiderable blemish of a first round cup exit at the hands of Accrington Stanley.

He beat competition particularly from Martin Foyle at Port Vale, but their defeat at the weekend enabled unbeaten Forest to take the top spot after a hard fought draw away at Huddersfield.

Certainly the great start we wanted this season from the new gaffer, so fingers crossed the ‘curse’ associated with these awards isn’t too obvious as we go into a match-packed September!  Well done Colin, fully deserved – now keep up the good work!

The Imps Eaden project

Nicky EadenMuch-maligned fullback Nicky Eaden has signed a month’s loan deal with League Two outfit Lincoln City.  Certainly the former-Wigan man has fallen considerably out of favour at Forest, so will be hoping to reignite his career elsewhere.

I don’t have quite so much vitriol as some fans for Eaden, certainly I’ve uttered a few curses toward him during games, but I always got the impression that under Megson he was acting under orders rather than playing his natural game – certainly from speaking to Wigan fans they were surprised at how poor he sounded.

But for whatever reason, certainly his performances in a red shirt were well below what we’d expect even at this low level, so I reckon it’s best for both parties if he moves on – even if only for a month initially.

Still, if he was feeling left out at missing the chance to play Accrington Stanley, he might get his chance afterall – since they are Lincoln’s opponents at the weekend!

Fernandez off to Wycombe..

vincent.jpg19 year defender Vincent Fernandez has joined Wycombe on loan for 3 months. It makes good sense given the depth we currently have in defence, I’ve seen Fernandez play a couple of times and he looks like a decent prospect – so a great move to get him some first team experience rather than constantly turning out for our reserves.

He may have a chance to impress immediately with a debut against our neighbours Mansfield on friday – best of luck, Vincent!

All systems Agogo!

Agogo signs!

He’s finally signed – for an undisclosed fee (thought to be around £150k), on a 3 year deal. Junior’s been given the number 23 shirt and hopefully we’ll get to see him in action on saturday banging a few goals in against rival-wannabes Chesterfield!

Now we just have to hope the Forest fans take up a Wham! inspired chant for the new boy!

Midfielder rumours

The Sun are suggesting we’re after Stephen Clemence from Birmingham, I don’t know much about him, although apparently he’s been having a rough time at the hands Brum fans with high expectations. He has links with Colin Calderwood from his days at Spurs, so he’ll certainly be aware of the 28 year old’s credentials.

More spurious are the rumours linking us with a loan move for Stephen Ireland from Manchester City – I’ve not seen this confirmed anywhere other than via fan’s gossip on internet forums, so it would be a surprise (albeit a pleasant one!) if this one turned out to be true – it’s about time Psycho loaned us some decent young players to get some experience too!

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We are top of the league..

… probably only for a couple of hours or so, but still!

Huddersfield Town – 1
Nottingham Forest – 1

Grant Holt scored in the first half, in the aftermath of a melee caused by a Sammy Clingan freekick getting deflected into the danger area by Julian Bennett, and Forest were looking comfortably on course to continue their 100% start to the campaign.

Unfortunately the second half didn’t pan out like that, with increased possession and danger from the home side, ultimately resulting in them hitting the bar after a great save from Paul Smith, only for the ball to fall kindly for Taylor-Fletcher to put into the onion bag.

Whilst obviously I’d like the win, if you’d asked me at the start of the season whether I thought 13 points from the first 15 available was good enough, I would have probably collapsed in hysterics before snapping off the proverbial hand. So ultimately, I’m still pretty chipper – 5 games in, unbeaten, and top of the league, pending Port Vale’s result against Yeovil later today.

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