After a seemingly interminable summer of torrential rain and a bit of sport in various forms, it's time to say hello and welcome back to another season of, well, what does this one have in store?With the ink barely dry on the paperwork heralding our beloved club's new ownership and all the anticipation that's followed, it's all been something of a whirlwind.
This is the twelfth season I've been doing this, and in an attempt to focus more on the fan's eye view and the whole matchday experience I've added one or two new features and tried a more systematic approach to the usual stuff, so hopefully to make it a little more to the point.
We'll see how it goes, and whether or not the new Mr Web Editor will be able to load it along with keeping up to speed with the club's new web format.
Here's to a season of plenty of high's!
Capital One Cup, First Round – Monday 13 Aug 2012 - 1945|
Fleetwood Town 0 – 1 Nottingham Forest
|Weather/Conditions||Warm & cloudy, heavy rain showers 2nd half|
|Away fan experience||One of the most delightful small grounds visited, hidden behind houses in ordinary residential area. Seating on side of pitch and terracing behind goal for visiting fans means that you can see the whole game seated without your view affected by the persistent standing brigade whilst they get to stand to their heart’s content.|
|Facilities||State of the art with modern bar serving Peroni on tap, good refreshment facilities in away end, clean toilets (rumours of piped music in ladies’!). Friendly home fans.|
|Programme||£3 – Good quality and interesting|
|The Match||Game of two halves: Fleetwood were excellent in denying us space and we were poor dealing with it. Allowing for fact we’re not the finished article yet with so many recent additions, if we play as badly as Fleetwood played well in first half we’ll be in same league this time next year. Much better 2nd half, more open game and scoring only a matter of time – 12 minutes it took Dexter Blackstock to convert a blocked shot from a set piece and we looked comfortable from there on. A late burst from home side but nothing too scary. Ex PNE Youl Mawene and Jon ‘The Beast’ Parkin Fleetwood’s main threat.|
|Highlights||Blackstock’s goal and the 10 minutes leading up to it when we finally settled down and starting passing the ball properly.|
|Lowlights||Disjointed first half and too many chances going begging. All the same, this was to be expected since half the players in Forest colours weren’t even with us a month ago. The improved second half gave much more cause for optimism.|
|Hero||Good debut start by Karl Darlow; Dan Harding looking impressive at LB going forward.|
|Zero||Alaya looked very tentative, though injury could have played a part. Give him time and he’ll be right.|
Although this game could hardly be described as a priority, those of us who couldn’t wait for a sneak preview of the new-look Forest in a competitive game would have been reasonably satisfied ahead of Saturday’s curtain raiser to the campaign proper. For yours truly there could be no excuse for not attending the luxury of a local fixture and a new ground visited to boot.|
Lee Camp on international duty.
Danny Collins new skipper.