Tenth place finish in the league, simply not good enough. Our league form faltered away by Mid January and we never recovered to pull together enough of a run to climb up the table, far too many draws as you can see, the losses column actually isn’t that bad considering, and to finish with a positive GD in tenth shows we had no trouble scoring, it was just the conceding that bit our arses.
Coupled with the fact that we were actively participating in the final stages of the League Cup, FA Cup and also Europa League, stamina was a factor and our players simply didn’t have enough to be consistent in the Premier league, cup competition was a priority.
After already securing the Carabao cup, and crashing out in the quarters of the Europa league, the season ended with a Wembley date against Everton in the FA Cup final, extended highlights are shown below:
Victory!! Another trophy added to the cabinet and nice to bag the most illustrious domestic cup competition in world football, the last time Forest won the FA Cup was the 58/59 season so our time was due.
Emmanuel Dennis, who was the league’s top scorer last season, has been in poor form for the last few months, not only going multiple games without a goal, but generally not playing very well either, I was in two minds whether to start him for the final or go with Youth promotee Price, who has developed into a 82 rated very competent CF, I went with Dennis and he came up trumps, bagging both goals to sink Everton and help us lift the cup.
As you can see, Dennis is only 9th in the top scorers list this year with just 13 goals from 30 appearances, just glad he stepped his game up when it mattered.
I was also complimented for steering the club to superb growth and profits, and as a result of the cup wins and league placing, was hand a £140 million transfer budget by the board.
I spent £120 million of the budget with ease, signing 4 new players, in the form of a new LB, RB, CDM and CF, shown below:
The board have also been very harsh with their season 8 objectives:
- Reach the Europa League Final
- Reach the FA Cup Semi-Final
- Seal a UEFA Champions League position
No pressure then.
I’ve also tweaked my team shape and formation/tactics, with more in-depth player instructions for each scenario, and setup multiple team sheets for varying situations, a new season, new hope, new optimism, 8 seasons in and this CM just gets deeper and richer and more enjoyable.