As Nottingham Forest entered the last ten minutes against a strong Hull City leading 2-1, under major pressure, fans could be forgiven for biting a fingernail or two.
But instead, the Forest contingent who packed the away end at the KC Stadium, were as vocal as they have been for many months. From row to row the belief in the team echoed, transcending into vocal support that saw the team home.
Whilst the warm feeling of sixth consecutive victory satisfied the masses, it felt like a whole lot more than that. It was a realisation that Forest were a force to be reckoned with once again, and the magnificent run the team were on was no fluke, against lesser opposition.
Approaching games as a Nottingham Forest supporters can now be done with an element of certainty. No cockiness, nor ignorance to the opposition. Just travelling to games knowing the team they invest towards has the quality to overcome the best in the league, and an unrivalled competitiveness that tires out oppositions.
The strength of the squad, and more particularly the midfield, underlined by the international call-ups of Raddy Majewski, Henri Lansbury and Adlene Guedioura. The formidable trio making up the midfield quartet that includes Andy Reid. A quartet many believe is too good for the Championship, as they continue to glide through the opposition on a weekly basis, ensuring the reliance doesn’t rest too heavily on the strikers.
As the momentum continues to build with every win, the only fault identified in the ever-improving squad, is the form of summer signing Simon Cox. Whilst he may escape criticism because of his brilliant work-rate and passion for the cause, his goal-drought is becoming an annoyance. With the possible fatigue of the returning international midfielders, it’s crucial for Cox to find his scoring boots, and fast.
With Billy Davies having a previous history of transforming good Championship players to great ones, the recent form of Elliott Ward, and the much criticised Danny Collins comes as no surprise. As Cohen becomes more accustomed to the role of left back, Jara continues to be Mr Consistent.
When Abdulaziz Al-Hasawi, in his introductory press conference warned “Look out everyone”, the room laughed, as did onlookers. They continued to laugh as the owners made some bizarre and laughable decisions in recent months, making themselves easy targets for national newspapers. They are probably still laughing, as the Al-Hasawis state they aim for a third star on the Forest shirt.
Championship clubs at the moment, will not be laughing. Six wins in a row is something no team has managed this season, and as the likes of Leicester City are anxious over their playoff place, the likes of Hull, Crystal Palace and Watford may be looking with a stern eye over their shoulder, as Forest continue to plough through on the way to a possible second place.
The ruthless duo of Fawaz Al-Hasawi and Billy Davies may not have had a transfer window together yet, but as they continue to stress, they have a shared drive and ambition to get the club into the Premier League.
All Forest fans can do is watch on, in excitement and anticipation. The mood surrounding the club can be matched by nobody in the league, and that may be just what sees us through to eventual glory.
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