With the 2018/19 now consigned to the record books, Nottingham Forest must look forwards rather than backwards.
As usual at the City Ground, the campaign didn’t go without incident and lots of stories emerged from the rollercoaster ride of a season.
Seat Pitch continues with a new feature called ‘Stories of the Season’ which will encapsulate the highs and lows of the campaign just gone…
September 2018 – £6 million man breaks scoring duck
It wasn’t really a month for many incidents as Forest looked to stamp their authority on the division.
The Reds tasted defeat for the first time, losing at Brentford, but did get back on track with a decent point on the road at Swansea City.
It was the first home game of the month that created the best story. Lewis Grabban signed for £6 million from Bournemouth and under pressure to start scoring, finally broke his duck.
The 31-year-old was signed with a superb goalscoring reputation. Having spent the previous season banging them in on loan at Aston Villa, his arrival was seen as a coup.
A 2-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday was a game of firsts. Grabban nodded in Ben Osborn’s cross to put Forest in the lead. Then with Wednesday coming back into the contest, Joao Carvalho curled in a stunning maiden goal, following more good work from Osborn.
It was two wins, two draws and a loss for the Reds in the month of September.
The Reds also progressed into the last 16 of the EFL Cup following a 3-2 win over Stoke at the City Ground.
Forest looked in decent form and were competitive in each fixture. Even the defeat at Brentford saw the Reds waste a host of chances to get themselves back into the contest.
Grabban couldn’t stop scoring following his Wednesday opener. The winner against Rotherham followed and two more in a 2-2 draw with Blackburn – a game in which he also missed a penalty.