I’ve not had an expansive ramble about nothing in particular, well, I suppose the play-offs are rather a hot topic amongst Forest fans. A sub-tournament enough to bring a Forest fan out in hives, isn’t it? Sheffield United, Des Walker own goal, Yeovil Town, an embarrassing collapse.. there’d be no surprise if Reds fans were looking on our bonus mini-extension-of-a-season with abject fear and dread.
I’m not, though.
Of course, if any of the above scenarios are repeated against our eventual opponents it will be gut-wrenching and heart-breaking, but with the knowledge that this season has shown us dramatic progression in the right direction. Unlike in League One, where promotion was – frankly – something we desperately felt we needed (if not necessarily expected), this season it is most definitely a bonus.
Whilst I may have jumped at the chance to get a free season ticket from Victor Chandler in exchange for the Reds winning the league, I had some empathy with the West Brom fans who laughed when the announcement was made over the City Ground public address system at the start of the season. Even though we’ve come some way short of that achievement, I’d have laughed almost as much at seriously considering a top six finish.
The hard work that Billy and his team have put in, and the work of the maligned transfer panel (in the summer at least) can’t – for me – be over-praised. The players too deserve enormous credit for applying themselves to their new training and instructions – a real team effort from top to bottom. I’m sure even Terry the Kitman has had his part of play in our dramatic change in fortunes too.
There have been moments this season when I’ve almost fallen into that fickle trap of thinking “Argh, we’ve thrown away automatic“, and I imagine as the season draws to a close and we enter the play-offs the mood will switch to what we have to lose. But I’m going to try and be more positive – we have nothing to lose, and everything to gain – because surely nobody really expected to be right here, right now?
It’s brilliant, and as such I’m going to set out to enjoy it. As I’m sure Billy is telling the team, we have nobody to fear in this league on our day – if anyone, maybe West Brom – who we comprehensively dismantled at their place, and were unlucky to lose to at home, and Newcastle – who we beat at least once! Well we don’t need to worry about those, both ascend automatically.
So I’m going to try to keep a positive attitude about it all, and hope that the mood around the City Ground both in the stands and in the dressing room match. If we get through them then hell, we’re in the money – if we don’t succeed, then my God we’re in a lot better place than we were this time last year!
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