February 17, 2016 by notjustpumpkinbread
I thought I’d let the dust settle before sticking my head above the parapet this week. It seems there’s all sorts of “stuff” going on in the dark and murky world of Social Media following our first league defeat since 28th November 2015.
Yes folks, that’s right. A whole 2 months and 16 days. 13 league games. An ascension into the top half of the Championship in a season when a transfer embargo has not allowed us to buy anyone to “improve” our squad. I’ll say that again. We haven’t spent anything on transfers this season…
…just let that sink in for a minute. If you have a penchant for further reading, why not head on over to http://www.tbrfootball.com and read this article about Forest and their transfer embargo issue. You should find it informative and hopefully interesting.
So, following a scoreline that equals our worst result of the season – a loss by 2 goals – a fair few jötnar made their merry way from dwelling under the bridges of Lady Bay and Trent, managed to turn on a computer and let rip. It’s all so very disappointing. As Stephen Fry found out on Sunday – but that’s another story. We won’t dwell on peeing in a secret bathing-pool or whether you would be persuaded to drink from a reservoir with a turd in it. But why such an outpouring of dissent?
Was it because we were defeated by Huddersfield Town? Possibly.
But if Leicester can be top of the Premier League, why can’t Huddersfield outplay us at our own ground? We wouldn’t like it, of course we wouldn’t. But Huddersfield have the right to try and beat us just as any other team in our league have. Lest we forget they did the double over us last season.
Was it the manner of the defeat? Possibly.
But Huddersfield played Gegenpress football better than Liverpool have this season. And yes, I’m including they 0-6 win over Aston Villa, because Villa are a poor outfit at the moment. I reckon we’d put at least 3 past them right now, I truly do! Huddersfield didn’t allow us to play our own game. Gegenpress isn’t just about playing counter-attacking football. It’s about what you do when you lose the ball. The speed at which you regain possession after you’ve lost possession. Those precious seconds when the opposition have the ball and are wondering what to do with it. Press, press, press. Do not allow the player the time and space on the ball to make the right decision. That’s how Huddersfield played and that’s how they beat us. Credit where credit is due. As far as I’m concerned, that was the best display of football by an opposition team I’ve seen at the City Ground this season. And I’ve been to every game, just in case you were wondering.
Was it because a fair few “fans” don’t like our current manager? Probably.
John Lydgate wrote “You can please some of the people all of the time, you can please all of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time.” That 13 game spell kept the nay-sayers at bay. There’s very little to be gained in posting negative statements about the club when we’re unbeaten, or so it seems to me. I don’t think it really matters about the manner of the defeat either, but that didn’t help, I suppose. But that’s all “they” needed for the floodgates to open. Was there anything to take from the game? Well…
…it was Ben Osborn’s 50th start for the club. Nothing to be sniffed at and a great achievement for the Academy graduate at the ripe old age of 21. Let’s not forget he’s the same age as Jorge Grant and he’s only had 1 start for the club. There was also a moment in the game that I knew would be forgotten come the denouement. David Vaughan made a few uncharacteristic errors during the course of the match, but he did make one tackle that quite simply was the best tackle I’ve seen this season. I’d thought he’d lost the ball, but he went to ground, somehow tackled the player who looked for all the world like he was too far beyond him and came away with the ball. He has been by far and away our best player this season and that moment encapsulated his endeavours in the Garibaldi so far this season. We also went 441 minutes without conceding a goal in one of the toughest leagues in Europe. I don’t know about you, but I don’t think that’s too bad.
As for the goals, well Nahki Wells was on hand to poke home had Matt Mills not already directed it into his own net and Huddersfield’s very own Danish Fellaini look-alike Philip Billing hit a wordly to beat Dorus from all of 30 yards! Our two best chances fell to the feet of Lord Nelson, the first a carbon-copy of the goal he always looked like scoring against Reading, but this time he didn’t. As for the second, it was a shot from nothing outside the opposition penalty area that curled away from the top left corner of the goal, missing by mere centimetres. There were other shots, but generally they were straight at the keeper. It just wasn’t our day.
The post-match Social Media reaction smacks of a backlash against the club, who’ve come so far in a season of embargo. Once again, we’ve been allowed to dream of the (outside) possibility of making the play-offs and at the first sign of a slowing down of our ascent, the best way to express disappointment is to lash out. I’ve written this before, but sometimes we have to be reminded of the bigger picture. It’s Burnley away on Tuesday. I can’t see us playing at that sort a level again.
COME ON YOU REDS!!!