Cotterill Creates Confidence

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Thursday, October 27th, 2011
 

By Lee Clarke

New Nottingham Forest manager Steve Cotterill has barely got his feet under the table at The City Ground and already Forest look to be on the up.

The former Portsmouth manager has been at the club a week and half and has already won as many league games as manager than a certain former England manager did on Trentside.

The fact that Forest have taken six points from a possible six with wins against high flying Middlesbrough, and inconsistent Blackpool is nothing short of fascinating considering that Cotterill is working with exactly the same players as former boss McClaren.

It is quite remarkable what an arm around the shoulder can do to some players to give them that little bit of confidence to go out and perform on a football pitch.

Against Middlesbrough, football betting pundits will agree that Forest looked like a different side completely. Not in personnel but in showing some passion and playing with confidence.

They passed the ball, they moved, they defended like warriors and created chances galore against a very good Boro side. In fact some of the stuff Forest played against the Teesiders was I would say better than the majority of the football we played last year under Billy Davies.

On to Blackpool and any Forest fan will back me up when I say that to win at Bloomfield Road is nothing short of spectacular for The Reds. As those looking at football bets will note, not many teams will win there this year.

Not only did Blackpool beat Forest in the play-offs two seasons ago but we quite simply never beat Blackpool. Enter Steve Cotterill.

After a full week of training he must have been cursing his luck to have to take on bogey side Blackpool. Not super Steve, ‘Lets go and have a go and win’ he said on a Radio Nottingham interview, the fact we did win was simply breath taking to us Forest supporters.

I must say that Blackpool don’t look to be the same side this season minus the largely influential Charlie Adam and DJ Campbell but for us to go and win there still left me astonished on Saturday evening.

I called in another column when Cotterill was appointed, that I felt Forest fans would enjoy the new managers era and after only a week I for one cannot wait to see us take on Hull City at the City Ground this Saturday.

Cotterill has put a smile back on everyone associated with Nottingham Forest’s face already and whilst we must not get too carried away with the good start our prospects seem to be on the up, and with back to back home games to come now is the time of the season where a little run of form could go a very long way.

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