DJ denies retirement rumours

Forgotten man David Johnson has spoken out in the face of persistent rumours of his impending retirement from the game.  The injury-prone striker is currently recuperating from a back operation, and is apparently not planning on jacking it in just yet.

Among Forest fans there seems to be a polarity in attitude toward the diminutive striker, with sections still offering him hero worship (presumably they have long memories from his one decent season with us!), to those who see him as a high-waged freeloader who was a ringleader in the alleged conspiracy between certain players to play poorly to reflect badly on Gary Megson.

Whatever your opinion of him, it’s hard to see an easy route back into first team football for him, with Grant Holt defying all expectations currently, Neil Harris champing at the bit now he’s opened his account, Jack Lester with a decent start to the season and the new signing of Junior Agogo, we’re rather well represented in striking options.  Did I mention we have Scott Dobie and Nathan Tyson also to come back from injury?  Personally I’d be amazed if DJ made a first team appearance again for Forest.

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Kev James is back from the Glovers…

Yeovil Town have sent Kevin James back a couple of days early following his month long loan stint with the Glovers, so any worries about him playing against us on saturday can now be considered quelled, not that his performances in a red shirt would suggest that him facing us would be a worry!

The feedback from Russell Slade is positive, with him reportedly “delighted” with the contribution Kevin has made down south, but the acquisition of Marcus Stewart from Bristol City has made James’ services no longer required by Yeovil.  With a bit of luck Calderwood will be able to work his magic and get him pushing for a first team place, although perhaps not!

Yeovil tickets selling well…

According to the Official Forest site, only 350 tickets remain for saturday’s fixture at wonderful Yeovil.  I’m not sure what the allocation is, but certainly it should make for a good atmosphere if plenty of trickies make the trip down to deepest darkest Dorset to see the reds hopefully continue their impressive run of results.

This’ll be my first away trip of the season and I must say I’m looking forward to it – sure, it’s a long trek, it’s a crap ground, and we have terrible memories of what happened there last season, but under the guiding light of Colin Calderwood surely we have more grounds for optimism than negativity?

Rumour has it Kris Commons will be fit and pushing for a place in the squad, which can only be good news, if I had to be critical of performances so far, it would be that we’ve been a tad lightweight in midfield, and Commons could give us that creative spark we’ve sometimes been lacking, having said that, Jack Lester looked very accomplished in the linking-midfield-and-attack role against Chesterfield, as did Harris in his stint in the position.

Could it be that we actually do have cause for optimism? Whatever next!

Why are some Forest fans’ glasses half empty?!

Sometimes Forest fans never cease to amaze me, sometimes in good ways, but in this case in bad ways – of course, it’s only a minority of them, but after 5 league wins and a draw, 3 points clear after six games at the top of the league, there are still people having a moan about things!  Unbelievable!  Most critics of Calderwood’s appointment said things like “well we’ll see how he does after half a dozen games”, now apparently you can’t judge anything until at least 12 games… and so it goes on.

The personnel in the team, the formation – it’s all up for criticism.  I don’t really like the 3-5-2 system Colin’s been playing, but if it returns us 16 points from every 18 available then who the hell am I to suggest it’s a bad thing!  People are talking of rushing Commons into the team when he may not be fully fit – again, why?  I’m all for discussion, conjecture and a bit of “if I were manager” type conversations, but people seem to be forgetting that for the first time in ages, we might actually be in a position to have a bit of faith in the chap who actually IS manager!

Colin Calderwood’s Red ‘n’ White Army!