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…
October – Away fortunes take a turn for the better
Visits to Middlesbrough, Bolton and Leeds United looked daunting for the Reds after failure to win at Blackburn, Wigan and Brentford.
Under Aitor Karanka, the Reds were made of sterner stuff, however. They went into each game looking to be competitive and the majority of the time they were.
The story from the month of October was a stunning away win at Middlesbrough which broke the away duck.
Boro had not conceded a goal at home as the Reds made the trip north. Tony Pulis had his side well positioned for a push at automatic promotion during the early stages of the campaign.
Joe Lolley kicked off his own goal of the season collection with a beauty of a strike that left Darren Randolph all ends up in the Boro goal. Lewis Grabban capped the win with a neat finish later on.
Winning at the Riverside Stadium gave Forest hope that this season could be different away. We would later find out that it wasn’t to be the case, but this felt like a monumental moment.
Forest went and beat Bolton away later in the month – Lolley with another stunning left-foot goal from distance; whilst they should have defeated Leeds at Elland Road and would have done but for a Kemar Roofe goal that was clearly bundled in with his arm.
It wasn’t all sweetness and light for the Reds in the month of October.
The Reds suffered the embarrassment of being knocked out of the EFL Cup by Burton Albion of League One.
Karanka made 10 changes to his starting line-up and it backfired with serious consequences. Forest lost 3-2, whilst Burton would reach the semi-finals before being thrashed by Manchester City over two legs.