Friday, 8 March 2013

In the middle of the table

Dear blog readers,

It’s a Nottingham Forest story update. I am in six fixtures till the end of the season 4. Forest has just one tournament to play: Premier League. Yes, we are at the 10th table line currently which is quite disappointing. As you remember I promised the club board to repeat success of the next season and take a place in Euro Cup zone. However, won League Cup allows Forest to participate in Europa League and it does eases our middle-table location in the PL.

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Forest matches

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Those who missed my report about League Cup final against Chelsea please read the distinct article here: Forest – Chelsea 2:0. It was interesting game that resulted in the first trophy for Nottingham Forest under my rule.

Firstly, let’s take a look why Nottm Forest lost so many points during the reported period. The problem is in weakened attacking force after the big sale of Mattia Destro. Ademilson scores but not much. Hopefully, he will be able to become a more efficient goal scorer next season. Mason Bennett is still starting to develop himself and can’t be considered as serious replacement for the Italian forward. Zlatan Ibrahimovich is too slow for all my tactics having Pace=10, Acceleration=7.

Due to the forwards’ poor efficiency we lost points in matches against Southampton, Sunderland, Aston Villa. It seemed we should crush all weaker and equal opponents after getting League Cup. But strikers are just not so good and stable as I need…

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Nottingham Forest players

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I have some impressions regarding the latest performances by my boys. OK, the strikers were already criticized in the previous post’s paragraphs. And I have nobody else to blame. Other Forest players satisfy me completely. Even substitution full back Adam Smith improved his football and got MoM award against Arsenal.

Newbie Jonjo Shelvey has no adaptation issues at first sight. He managed to make 2 assists in 7(3) games and earn 7.13 average rating. It was a right decision to buy him during winter transfer window despite high competition between other central Forest midfielders: Selnaes, Cleverley, Hughes, Lansbury…

Mitchell Hewitt – future best centre back in the world?

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Well, well, well… You see what I mean! Hewitt has fantastic attribute values at his 19 year old age! Moreover, he has the highest average rating in the team of 7.68 which is the second in the whole Premier League.

I feel this English wonderkid will become the best world’s central defender in 3-4 years! It’s my modest merit because I paid only $650K for him and arranged fine training process.

Career history of Hewitt

Will Hughes

Will Hughes has been turning into Nottingham Forest leader this season. It’s not accidently that he gained Young Player of the Month award three times in row. His attributes don’t stop to grow and the boy is going to become a world class level attacking midfielder as far as I see.

By the way, Will scored a double in the game against arch-rival Derby County, his former club!

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Last matches of season 4

Last matches

There will be a very good set of opponents in the end of the season. No grand-clubs. Liverpool doesn’t scare me much, especially when playing against them at home. Nottm Forest has 6 matches and 4 of them are played at home. It’s also the plus. The most tough game is going to be against Stoke as far as I see.

So in prospect, my team should earn 15-18 points after all. It should be enough to climb up to the 7th table line. Let’s look at the shortened version of PL table standing:

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Matches against Stoke and Liverpool are the matches for 6 points each!

Another target I set to myself is to escape using Ibrahimovic, Defoe, Pazienza during these last fixtures. You may be surprized but it’s only for giving some first team experience to young Mason Bennett and Eneko Navarro.

Excited to blog for you,

Vitaliy Mokosiy

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Author: Vitaliy Mokosiy

Playing Football Manager since 1996. Blogging about it since 2007.