Date:Thursday February 17 2011
Forest went into the game at Glanford Park last night as nailed on certs to take all 3 points. That's not arrogance or a lack of respect for the opposition, but merely what the form guide would have told any willing punter hoping to make a few quid from the game.
Scunny were on a losing streak, that had seen them lose 12 of their last 14 games and they had only won once at home all season prior to last nights' match. With Forest going into the game as the form team in the division, it's not hard to see why many bookies were slamming the doors shut on anyone wanting to put money on a Forest win.
Just to prove what a 'funny old game' football can be, Scunthorpe to their credit, did what every bookie in the land (and every Forest fan) assumed as impossible and went on to win the game 1-0. Not bloody funny at all really.
Billy Davies took it on the chin, unlike many Forest fans on the message boards today, who have been venting their spleen over this catastrophe on Humberside. It's not so long ago I'd have been doing exactly the same. However, it's all too easy in defeat to forget just how far this scruffy wee Scott has brought NFFC in the past 2 years and the turnaround in fortunes that he and his backroom staff have made. Speaking to the official site after the game, Davies said. 'We controlled possession and had many chances, but it was one of those nights where things didn't go for us. But it won't be the only strange result between now and the end of the season and every game is going to be a battle.'
Despite the devastation at losing the game, we do still sit rather handsomely placed in the table in 4th. We're just 2 points off an automatic spot and still have a game in hand. It's hard to see what the fuss is about really, but I think it stems from the fact that our recent past suggests that we're about to capitulate and bottle it again. That's exactly what the Forest of old would have done under the likes of Calderwood and Co, but this bunch of lads are made of sterner stuff. We also have the best manager outside of the Prem at the helm and we seem to forget that he's been here before, he's seen it all, bought the T-Shirt and won the prize. In Billy we must trust.
And it's not only the fans that have to trust him to do the right thing by the club. Chairman Nigel Doughty has to as well. The manager has gone on record in the past week saying. 'Give me 3 quality loan signings and I'll deliver promotion.' He's put his balls on the block saying that. Will the Chairman do the same and back his manager by sanctioning the loans? Only time will tell. The ball is in your court now Mr. Doughty. It's all up to you.
Date:Thursday February 17 2011
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