Nottingham Forest 1 - West Bromwich Albion 2
Well that was a lot better than I feared or expected!
Bilic made a big call at right back giving Ferguson his debut. Looking at the starting 11 the big positive was the pace and power we seemed to have all over the pitch. I was also encouraged by the formation and system.
However, we were very slow out of the traps with a few loose touches and some passive retreating.
The goal we conceded was really poor - Edwards didn’t track hard enough, Bartley didn’t block well enough and SJ really should’ve done better. It’s a big season for SJ and I do think we need to dip into the market for another keeper.
The goal sparked us into life and we equalised quickly through Edward’s quick feet. Our second goal was also a bit of a fluke and it’s probably better to talk about the rest of the game in general terms.
Sometimes Phillips and Gibbs walked through the opposition- they stand out so much at this level that I’d be amazed if we don’t get serious offers.
I loved the way we controlled possession for long periods with sharp and intelligent passing.
We defended set pieces quite well and generally had a sensible and pragmatic approach on our own defensive third.
Zohore is a strange one - his presence made the pitch massive for us and made so much room for the 3 attackers behind him but his touch was really sloppy. It’s a big IF but if he can pull that pace and power together with sharper play then he’s going to cause huge problems at this level. I thought we struggled to keep the ball after he went off even more than he struggled to keep the ball when he was on.
There were very positive debuts all round and we should’ve scored more on the break.
Overall I think we’ve got to be happy - we obviously need 3 more quality players who can impact the first team because, as well as the starting 11 did, the bench looked weak and it’s a long tough season. I was disappointed Field didn’t make the squad- he’s got to go out on loan and play 30+ games this season.
Well done Slav and the boys!
Can’t wait for the next game!
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