The joy of Dex..

Since I’ve had no football to watch I’ve naturally been mentally reviewing the season so far (as in reviewing it in my mind, rather than doing so with a mental illness!).  Early though it is, I must admit I’ve got to concur with one of Billy’s post-Peterborough comments.  I couldn’t find the quote, but he commented on Forest’s unsung heroes, and he named a few of them.

Dex and Chambo celebrate after the second goal against Scunthorpe

Dex and Chambo celebrate after the second goal against Scunthorpe

Paul McKenna was one – and whilst I think his last couple of games have been disappointing from a use-of-the-ball point of view – his workrate and positioning has been great, and his breaking up of play.  Not to mention his much needed leadership of some of our younger players.  However the other name he listed I can very much agree with – Dexter Blackstock, what a signing he looks to be.

It’s unusual to describe your current top scorer as an unsung hero – indeed, most of our players are literally unsung as only about three of our first team squad seem to actually have chants from the supporters.  Dex is so much more than just your archetypal striker – he grafts, usually for the full ninety minutes, and he’s rapidly becoming my favourite player by far.

Not only does the frontman have an eye for goal, he has an eye on the team picture – and without being disrespectful to his striking colleagues – that’s unusual for a striker.  Dele is in a similar position, I think, but we’ve seen less of him because Dex’s on the pitch performances have made him difficult to leave out in a very competitive position in the Forest squad.

Dexter is walking the walk on the pitch – and after the Peterborough game he was talking the talk in the Evening Post.  Whilst the ‘fighting talk’ and making the City Ground a fortress might be considered a bit naive, our players must have a winning mentality to stand a hope in hell of making it reality – but the best comments of all, which underpins why I rate Dex so highly:

“It has been nice to get goals, it is always good to score goals, but it is more about the team and how the team is getting on.  It is not about personal glory, it is about the team winning promotion.

“We have quality throughout the strike force and when games are coming Saturday and Tuesday, it is demanding on the legs.  It is difficult to play back-to-back matches at the tempo we do, with the way that the manager wants us to play.

“I can see why the manager does rotate the team.  You want to play in every game, that goes without saying.  But if the manager chooses to rotate, so be it.”

Keep up the good work Dex, and City Ground/away travelling songsmiths – get this guy, and indeed the rest of our team, some songs sorted out – I long for the days when I started watching Forest when every player had their own song, and generally they were all reeled off whilst they warmed up.

Whilst looking for a suitable picture, I also discovered Dex has his name to a Soccer School for kids!

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25 Responses

  1. him and earnie up front is my prefered partnership but i’m not billy davis – after reading your latest ramblings nffc i must agree he is very much the unsung hero and if he goes close to twenty goals this season and the ones around him chip in we’ll go close and he’ll be simply a hero……….

  2. Totally agree about Dex, bloke at work is a QPR fan and didnt rate him, questioned his work rate of all things! As well as his aerial strength and work rate, his short passes or one two’s have paid dividend, tyson’s goal against the sheep and Gunter against the pilgrims, has the making of a Forest legend and the least he deserves is an imaginative song from the terraces.

    Mc Kenna we knew would be a good buy, what CC hoped to get from Lennon and Cole but failed, my only concern is an apparent inability to play with Cohen in the middle of the park, too similar perhaps but so long as Cohen gets a game somewhere, even at left back, we’ll be happy (sic)

    Dare i say Chambers is coming good too?

  3. An excellent signing who thoroughly deserves his own chant, whilst attending away games I have heard a few people chant:

    To the tune (No,No,No,No,No,No,No,No,No,No,No there’s no limit)

    Dexter
    Dexter Blackstock
    Dexter Blackstock
    Dexter Blackstock Baby

  4. “Dex Bomb, Dex Bomb, he’s the Dex Bomb, baby you can turn me on.”

    Or hot chocolate – “He believes in nottingham, where you from, you Dexy thing.”

    Yea, I’m not a songwriter by trade.

  5. Here’s one for Lewis – not that ever gets a game these days (it’s probably be better to some up with one for Raddy!):

    All we need is Lewis McGugan
    Lewis McGugan
    Lewis McGugan

    rpt until bored

    To finish:

    Lewis we love you – he’s For-est, through and through

    (admittedly not many fans would say they loved him right now, but I’m sure he’ll come back strong!)

  6. * stupid spelling mistakes in first post

    Here’s one for Lewis – not that he ever gets a game these days (it’d probably be better to come up with one for Raddy!):

    All we need is Lewis McGugan (clap clap)
    Lewis McGugan (clap clap)
    Lewis McGugan (clap clap)

    rpt until bored

    To finish:

    Lewis we love you – he’s For-est, through and through (clap clap)

    (admittedly not many fans would say they loved him right now, but I’m sure he’ll come back strong!)

    • To the tune of ‘Radio Ga-Ga’? Could work!

      Could work for Raddy too.

      All we need is, Raddy Ma-yoo-skii..

      🙂

  7. Dave comment is interesting about his Rangers mate’s comment.

    When we made the deal permanent for Dex I went into a QPR webblog to get some feedback and I’d say it was a 50/50 split on whether we were getting a good player or not so its obvious he wasn’t everyones favourite.

    Certainly Billy seems to get the best out of him and he works his nuts off for the team. Up front it appears to Dex plus An Other and I dont have a problem with that.

    As for the songs….. !!

  8. Footballer songs aren’t what they used to be. They used to be witty but the biggest think that seems to get the crowd going these days is when asked to express your hatred of your nearest rivals or to ask the opposition fans who they are!

    As for Dexter, I also looked at what the QPR fans thought of him when we first got him and the majority said he was lazy and would be happy to sell him. Perhaps he just didnt perform for them like he has for us – although he was their top scorer!!!

  9. Here’s one to the tune of Blitzkrieg Bop by the Ramones.

    He’ll get you from the East side
    He’ll get you from the West side
    He’ll get you from Trent side
    DEX-BLACK-STOCK

    or

    They’re forming in straight line
    Theyre going through a tight wind
    The REDS are losing their minds
    The DEX-BLACK-STOCK

  10. I was delighted when we signed him and he has been my MoM for the last few games. Dex Bomb for me! As for McKenna, he’s not John McG but he is in the same mould and has been good value showing just the leadership I kept banging on about last season. Lets keep positive and keep iit going.

  11. nffc – I am a little surprised that you didn’t call this article “Let’s talk about Dex, baby”

  12. I always wanted Dex, or at least from that moment against Bristol City!!!!
    The emotion on his face said it all, playing for Forest MEANT SOMETHING to him.
    That day he became little legend in my eyes, a bit like Tys, you can just see it in his work rate, they love our club, and that is why we love them
    Super, super Dex,
    Super, super dex,
    Super, super Dex,
    Super Dexter Blackstock.
    Not very original i know, but it does work!!!
    YOU RRREEEDDDSSS

  13. Salt n Pepa, The Ramones, Colour Me Badd???

    Im still coming to terms with the fact the New Seekers have split up!!! 🙂

  14. wooooooooooooooooooooo The Dex is on fire!

  15. Some of you might like to see your comments in print – this article and some of your comments features in the latest issue of Ballsmania, which can be picked up at numerous places around Nottingham or viewed online here:

    http://www.mpldigital.com/ballsmania/newspaper/99

  16. I think the Tears for Fears track should be “Billy Davies wants to rule the World”. Seems kind of apt.

    • I thought of some additional words…

      F**k of Arthur,
      You’re a w*nker.
      And you Pleaty,
      We don’t need you.
      Billy Davies wants to rule the World.

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