Field Notes

January 2, 2014

  • After scoring a sensational winner against Leeds, Matt Derbyshire was sadly back to previous form against Reading yesterday, wasting a couple of late chances to settle the match, although he did redeem himself slightly by clearing off the line when the score was still 1-0.
  • Greg Halford may now have three goals in three games, but all of those have been headers. The team’s failure to take more chances cost us against Reading and if it wasn’t for Derbyshire’s wonder-goal, it would have cost us against Leeds too. Greg’s efforts over the last week or so have been sterling, but he is not the lesser spotted 20-goals-a-season striker and the message from Billy about new firepower remains loud and clear.
  • Forest might also need to invest in another defender as Hull City are reportedly pondering exercising their right to re-call Jack Hobbs. Billy Davies addressed the issue in his post-match press conference, saying the re-call clause could only be activated in case of an ’emergency’ at Hull, also confirming the intention is to sign him permanently. When Hobbs joined Forest in July it was announced that a pre-agreed contract had been prepared, though the post-Bosman transfer laws would prevent Hobbs from having signed anything formal at the time.
  • Former Forest youngster Patrick Bamford could be joining Derby on loan from Chelsea. The highly rated striker joined Chelsea for a £1.5 million fee in January 2012 after a decade in the Forest youth academy.
  • Former (as far as we know) club general manager, adviser to the board and de facto spokesman Jim Price is back on Twitter after a near three-month absence, though he claims he ‘never went away’. We’ve just asked him if he can clarify his role at the club, but aren’t holding our breath.