Another international break, players sent out on loan and the defeat of Leicester… but here’s five things you might have missed last month.

1. Seasonal Affective Disorder — LTLF
“I think the real seasonal affective disorder afflicting Forest fans could be to do with the football season rather than the season of winter. November marks three months into any season and the campaign is roughly a third of the way through. It seems like a natural point to pause and review the season so far and, if you have any, the perfect time to start venting your grievances. Any sooner and you haven’t really given the manager and players chance to establish themselves, but by November the air of patient optimism you started with in August has just about faded away.”

2. Are Nottingham Forest’s players now too good for Billy Davies? – FootballFanCast
“The January transfer window is approaching and the next two months are crucial to the future of Billy Davies and Forest. Approach the games in a similar manner, leaving yourself susceptible because of players being held back, and it may just be those players knocking on the door of their agents, wanting to be elsewhere. Ten months ago Fawaz Al-Hasawi pulled the trigger on Sean O’Driscoll for being in a similar positon to the one Billy Davies is now. Millions spent since, hardly much progress made and seeds of doubt may be in the mind of the owner.”

3. End of term assessment: The defenders – Forest Boffin
“Forest have assembled one of the strongest squads since their relegation from The Premiership. There have been mixed fortunes during various changing systems employed, but how have the players done through the first third of the season, starting with the defenders?”

4. DÉJÀ VU BORG 0 FOREST 2 – Stress & Pie
“The “s**t football” that Forest played was, to us, a joy to behold. Only since Vaughan’s arrival has the team been capable of such defensive resolution. The bad old days of charging about leaving gaping holes in midfield seem to have gone. Here is a defensive sternness and a team spirit that can be built on. We loved every minute of it. We loved the way Leicester were frustrated into weary resignation. A last flurry, involving the Enormous Threat called Taylor Fletcher, came to nothing.”

 

5. English Championship: attacking effectiveness – MatchStory
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