Despite a goalless draw away to Swansea City, an improved performance by Nottingham Forest offers promise for the games ahead. Justin Heaton was at the Liberty Stadium

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“João Carvalho chips a lovely ball over the Swansea defence and Lewis Grabban volleys home from eight yards to put the visitors ahead with just a few minutes remaining.”

This is what we should have heard and seen and read about, but Grabban, showing all the signs of a striker with a confidence crisis, hesitated and the chance was gone along with the three points.

Let’s hope he scores soon as he looks a shadow of the player that has scored regularly for various teams.

As an overall spectacle, the game started brightly and both teams looked to have attacking intent but as the minutes rolled by the game slowed and both defences were on top.


Every half-chance seemed to fall to Ben Osborn and, as much as he brings to the team, his finishing often lets him down at vital times. On another day he could easily have been taking the match ball on the 200-mile journey home.

Swansea are another team hell bent on playing out from the back, despite not having the players to feel comfortable with that system. At times they resembled Mark Warburton’s Forest defence last season and were a whisker away from playing themselves into trouble. Unfortunately they got away with it in this game, but won’t every week.

Forest were the most likely to win this game and will be frustrated not to take all the points. Swansea were there for the taking and only a lack of composure in front of goal cost us.

So not a lot to report from 90 minutes of football but here’s a few observations:

  • Grabban: in desperate need of a goal and some confidence to avoid joining the long line of strikers in the Forest graveyard.
  • Janko: impressive debut at right-back and worked really well with Cash.
  • Osborn: proving to yet another manager that he warrants a place in the team, and back to his wide-left role. If only he could keep his head in front of goal.
  • The Championship: a lot of very average teams and whoever gets some momentum behind them will get promoted like wolves last season. Got to be Forest’s turn hasn’t it?
  • Fans: I always find it odd that people travel four hours to stand in a concourse drinking overpriced beer while the match is on?
  • Players: would it really be a hardship to sign a few autographs when you get off the bus for people who have given up a whole day to support you?

Come on you Reds!