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.

Will he, won’t he?

agogo.jpgPopular rumours suggest the chase for Junior Agogo is soon to be over for Nottingham Forest – largely driven from the numerous forums online, on one somebody claimed to have been asked to print up a shirt with ‘Agogo 23’ on the back for use in a press conference.

Frustratingly the press conference hasn’t happened as yet – which would suggest if there are legs in the rumours doing the rounds, he won’t be signed in time to feature in tomorrow’s trip to Huddersfield, Forest’s chance to make it five wins in five.

So really it’s where we were – a very protracted and tiresome chase for a player who really we couldn’t say for sure whether or not will add a great deal to the team.  Nathan Tyson will be fit again by the time he signs at this rate!!

Accrington Stanley? Who are they?

Accrington Stanley – 1
Nottingham Forest – 0

accrington.jpgWe can still hear the whining Scouse tones of the pinch-faced lad justifying his drinking milk to his mate all the way back from the eighties.. perhaps. Whilst it’s caused much mirth around the footballing world to see ‘sleeping giants’ or ‘former European champions’ humbled by a team that was the epitome of shite for so many of us in the 1980’s, to be honest, I’m not that bothered.

I didn’t venture to the game, but by all accounts it wasn’t inspiring – but frankly, are we ever likely to win the Carling Cup? No. So why worry about taking it seriously or not – sure, a cup run can be lucrative, but it can also create injury problems, tiredness and all that goes with it – the most important thing for us right now is to get our arses out of League One. So bollocks to the Carling Cup, the FA Cup, and definitely the LDV Vans trophy (or whatever it’s called now) and let’s keep our league run intact!

1-0, and you f**ked it up!

Nottingham Forest – 2
Brighton and Hove Albion – 1

Well who would have thought it? 4 games, 4 penalties, 4 wins! The only blemish on our record being a goal conceded finally, after an uncharactistic howler from goalkeeper Paul Smith.

An odd game, where we were frankly awful for the first 60 minutes. Brighton clearly came with the aim of breaking up the game and snatching a goal, which they did after Smith came for a cross he really had no need to, and gifted them an early goal in the first half. In a way we were unlucky not to go in level when Grant Holt did well to fire a goalkeeping error goalward, only for a very impressive goal line clearance to keep it out.

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