Field Notes

January 6, 2014

  • When you play an FA Cup tie on the telly, the nation’s press seem to suddenly remember your non-Premier League club actually exists – when you win 5-0, they are positively falling over themselves to write about you. The comprehensive demolition of West Ham on proper telly was a proud moment for all Forest fans, making John Percy’s comment in the Telegraph that the game was a ‘mere sideshow’ to Billy Davies’ siege mentality seem a bit silly. There is little talk of behind-the-scenes antics when you win 5-0 on the box!

    The unusual media interest in the game has allowed us to wallow in the victory in great detail, and there were plenty of talking points, from Abdoun’s penalty to Paterson’s magic touch, proving that the match was very much the main event.

    But if it’s sideshows you want, there were plenty of them too, with Billy Davies offering a journalist out for a pork pie race, while West Ham try to make it up to a crying fan. Meanwhile, as the London club’s owners offer their support to Sam Allardyce, at least one Hammer is not so sincere in his backing of the manager. Not so much ‘Fergie magic’ then, Sam?

  • One very welcome sideshow of yesterday was the news, shortly after the final whistle, of a new contract for Andy Reid. Reidy says he is absolutely delighted to have landed the new deal and that probably sums up how most Forest fans feel about it as well.
  • Oh, and Derby lost too. Even if today was supposed to be Blue Monday, the ‘most depressing day of the year’, we don’t think many Forest fans were feeling glum this morning…