Thoughts on the Everton friendly..

Jason Lee in action in Forest/Everton matches of yesteryear..

Jason Lee in action in Forest/Everton matches of yesteryear..

As I mentioned yesterday, I was unable to make it down to the Everton preseason friendly in person – however picked up an email this morning from a friend who did venture down to Trentside to take in the game.  His comments seem to tally with those I’ve read around the forums and other match reports, but it’s heartening reading, and does make me a wee bit more exciting about the season which is so close to thrusting itself upon us…

… also, whilst searching for an image, I couldn’t resist using this one of Jason Lee playing against Everton for us, despite it having the most tenuous of relevance to the story!

Alright mate,

Did you go down last night?

I thought although it was a friendly and played at a slow pace we knocked the ball around well.

I was impressed with Stephen Hughes. He is a good player at Championship level and is capable of doing what we bought Lennon for except he is several years younger and more mobile.

I liked Moussi as well. I thought first half he looked a little lost and appeared clumsy but as the game went on he seemed to get more into it and he is very strong.

Earnshaw looked bright and eager but I thought Lewis was the star. He ran the show for me. He still tends to over do things on occasions but he has got talent there is no doubt about that. I just wonder how long we can keep him for.

Great news that we have signed Joe Garner. It was no coincidence that Carlisle’s better form started towards the end of the 2006/07 season when he signed then their promotion push went off the rails a bit when he got injured in the second half of last season.

From what I have seen of him he not only has pace, skill and can finish but he has that aggressive streak in him that some of our players sometimes lack. I just hope he isn’t going to be cursed with injury.

The concerns I do have is that Smoulds may feel that he has to play Andy Cole, big name player and all that, when his best days are behind him. I’m not saying that he hasn’t a role to play but at his age it should be coming off the bench and not as first choice striker.

My other worry is that Smoulds still sees Chambers as a right back when his best position is centre half despite his early season form last year. I think he would get found out at Championship level. Last night when he came on for Brecks, he went to right back and Perch who is probably the more natural fullback went into the middle. Now it may have been to give Perchy a bit of a breather as he had been up and down the wing all night as there was no winger in front of him due to the 4-3-3 system but we’ll have to wait and see.

I must say it was great to be back at Fortress City Ground and I can’t wait for the season to start properly now!!

Heartening stuff; it certainly echoes the sentiments I’ve heard from lots of Forest fans that Stephen Hughes has demonstrated he’s worth offering a contract to – as well as general levels of impressedness about the new signings and players from last season alike…. tick, tock, tick, tock… not long left, I wonder whether there will be any more signings out of left field?  Rumours around Ben Watson are fairly unsubstantiated as yet – Hughes of course is a probably addition… I just want the season to start!

6 Responses

  1. i hope we sign hughes, he is a useful player to have

  2. Probably won’t go for Hughes if we get Watson,which seems unfair on Hughes.I would rather keep Hughes and lose possibly brecken . Can’t wait for aug 10th now…. Alan

  3. Looking Forward to the season, Nigel’s put his money where his mouth is and CC (appears) to have spent it well.

  4. I could regret offering this if the bandwidth won’t cope but other than Setanta, Forest vs. Sunderland should also watch-able (just) on:-

  5. Good morning all,

    Part posted from the “What 2 to do…” & further thoughts added.

    On topic – EP reports Commons was told to wait until the end of the season for a new contract and was never offered in the end – So who’s lying CC, ND or KC? Someone is that’s for sure and ths does not look good on Forest. KC also states he believed they were waiting 2 see which league they were in.

    Now I’m goona comment here further, y has he taken this long to say something? Is he trying to transfer the blame? Is he trying to be the not so Judas? Are CC & ND in union at the club or do we have a split? Are the players with CC or is there a lack of belief in his abilities? We’ve replaced the depatures adequetly but I still feel we need another player with CCC experience. 10th August is the big KO but we’ll see if there’s any more incomings. That’s y I believe we should go & get Best as he fits CC’s criterias perfectly & also has CCC experience.

    Now if he’s good enough for us is a diff. matter, he could turn out to be a flop with CC in charge (that’s not taking anything away from CC) but unless he comes, we’ll never know for real.

    B4 anyone jumps on the bandwaggon & says I’m critsing the manager – I’m not. These are thoughts based on what we hear & questions I have open & opened. CC’s signings have been good & from what I here from you fans & my cousins all’s good 4 now. The time is coming soon when the real test will start & after the first few months (ie mid Oct) we can see what sort of season we’ll have. I’ll be more than happy to be mid table – that’s my minimum requirement for this season. Promotion will be brill but it’s still early to talk realisticly about it.

    Aug 10 1.15, UK time is the match o nSky & I’ll be @ a bar somewhere watching it with my cousin @ least.

  6. Easy there on Andy Cole. Let’s see the bloke play and then make a judgment. Just because he is “experienced” does not mean he cannot cut it for 90 minutes. And dont you pick players based on their experience – of which he has plenty. I think he’ll prove a great signing for the dressing room too.

    From Eliot ( aged 37)

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