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Left Brian: February

2 February 07 words: NFFC Blog
"To say the mood of the fans is frustrated is somewhat of an understatement, having squandered our seven point lead at the top"
Well, what a busy January - I'll have to suggest a weekly column if Forest are going to cram so much discussion-worthy antics into a single month!  My tenure as a Left Lion columnist continues to bring, on balance, bad fortune to the Reds, if you'll remember. I left you last time with a New Years day humiliation at the hands of Oldham Athletic, to pick up from there, Sammy Clingan's red card appeal was not successful, despite it being a baffling decision.
Not reported since the dark days of Kinnear and Megson, the Forest players went out on the piss - which initially seemed quite over-scandalised, but later appeared to be a little more naughty than was allowed to be reported openly in the media. Shortly after this Gardner and Harris (both present at aforementioned piss up) were released, joining Port Vale and Millwall respectively.  Gino Padula was also released, hardly causing any great upset!
It was billed as a giant-killing, but beating
Charlton in the FA Cup was more like kicking
a terminally-ill tall person - a deserved win
course, you might have noticed Forest were
were in short supply, and fans queueing up
from 6am were to end up getting no ticket -
rumours that Forest staff had been given four
News that former-Red Marlon King was
mirth and merriment, and rumours started
circulating that David Prutton may be up for 
a shock return to the Reds - a rumour that Smoulderwood was quick to label as evidence of "silly season".  In the meantime, Julian Bennett revealed to the national press that he'd got Chelsea sussed, because he'd played against them on his Playstation!
Back in the league, Forest overcame Yeovil Town at home with a scrappy 1-0 win thanks to a bit of dodgy goalkeeping, and drew away with Swansea City.  Meanwhile the rumour-mill was going into overdrive as no transfers inward were forthcoming.  Then of course, came our humbling at Chelsea, who only really needed to play in the first half - the highlight of the day being the tremendous non-stop atmosphere provided by the travelling Forest fans.  Julian Bennett obviously learned from his Playstation practice that attempting to snap Shevchenko in half would be a sure way to get us a result!
Hot on the heels of this disappointment, Forest quickly announced signing David Prutton and Luke Chambers, making us all feel rather upbeat - then on deadline day got rid of Nicky Eaden (no problem there!), John Thompson, Danny Cullip and finally Nicky Southall - which left us poised awaiting an amazing loan signing, since Trigger has been such a key figure for us -but as the deadline closed, Forest had lost 1-0 at Carlisle playing a mentalistic formation, and we officially have no fully fit wingers - has Smoulderwood lost the plot?
Shitty-arsed Neil HarrisDespite my best efforts I've not seen the crazy man with his dog outside the ground since my last missive, so I'm unable to provide a photo.  Forest are, as I write, fourth in the table - 3 points off top (with a game in hand), and face Bradford away tomorrow.  To say the mood of the fans is frustrated is somewhat of an understatement, having squandered our seven point lead at the top - the squad now looks very light in numbers for the forthcoming challenge - here's hoping for a couple of sparkling loan signings...

For up-to-the-minute Forestness, check out NFFC Blog, because it's right mint.

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