The 2018/19 campaign has started in satisfying fashion for those of a Nottingham Forest persuasion, who had become accustomed to years of struggle.
The Reds currently sit in seventh place in the Championship table, with Aitor Karanka’s men losing just twice all season.
Forest spent heavily during the summer months and it was always going to take a little while to find a degree of consistency within their play.
That togetherness is starting to become more evident and at the back, the Reds are now looking much more solid than they have in previous years.
With another international break now upon us, Seat Pitch looked back at three standout moments from the 2018/19 season so far…
Victory at Middlesbrough
Forest ended their away hoodoo for the season by securing a vital three points in a 2-0 win at the Riverside Stadium.
Joe Lolley became the first player to score against Boro at home in the league, whilst Lewis Grabban later wrapped up the three points.
The Reds showed resilience in defeating an in-form Tony Pulis team and this has given the team confidence on their travels in games since.
Joao Carvalho gets of the mark
Forest’s record signing had to wait until September to notch his first goal for his new club – but it was well worth the wait!
A neat interchange with Ben Osborn led to the Portuguese attacker curling an unstoppable effort beyond Cameron Dawson in the visitors’ goal.
The 21-year-old’s second effort against Millwall was also a peach. His free-kick sailed into the top corner of the net to leave the City Ground in raptures.
Watching the £13 million man thus far has been a joy to behold and the more he adapts to the Championship the better he gets.
Magpies mauled in EFL Cup
Forest ensured a passage into round three of the EFL Cup after disposing of Premier League outfit Newcastle United.
When Salomon Rondon cancelled out Daryl Murphy’s opener in the 89th minute, a penalty shoot-out loomed large.
A stoppage time double salvo from Matty Cash and Gil Dias edged the Reds home, however, in what proved to be a classic cup night on Trentside.
The Reds would defeat Stoke in the next round before succumbing to Burton Albion in the last 16.