No wins in October yet Nottingham Forest remain only four points off the top… here’s five things you might have missed this month

1. The importance of Andy Reid — Forest Boffin
“Some may take issue with my labelling of Reidy as the main creative force; he has scored no goals this season, and contributed only one assist. Other players have taken up the role of putting teams to the sword in the attacking third, but while the likes of Michael Antonio and Britt Assombalonga are the cutting edge, when on the pitch Reid has been the creative hand wielding the blade.”

2. Growing expectation cannot crush the sense of reality at Nottingham Forest – Nottingham Post
“The sight – and the accompanying, incredible noise – of Pearce walking out the tunnel, on the opening day of the campaign, had even the hairs on the most neutral of necks standing on end. Forest have been unified by his return and strengthened by the decisions he and his coaching staff have made since. But they will not win every game. There will be setbacks, poor performances, ground out results on the way.”

3. Who Are We? – A Supporter Consultation Evening – Mist Rolling In From The Trent
“Last night I joined a small group of other season ticket holders for a consultation meeting. The idea behind the meeting was to build bridges with season ticket holders and discuss ways in which this particular group could be valued and encouraged. It was, rightly, stressed that this was not about claiming one group of supporters is somehow better than another but acknowledging that season ticket holders make a big commitment in money, time and emotional investment and the club would like to recognise this.”

4. The state of the Nottingham Forest nation – In The Top One
“And so, with nearly a quarter of the season gone, Forest are joint-top of the table, haven’t lost a game and Stuart Pearce is back. All good, right? Well, yes, but it still feels a bit strange. Can we all agree that the performances have not been quite as good as the results suggest…?”

5. Which Championship clubs can expect to receive a Transfer Embargo? – Financial Fair Play
“With Championship clubs due to submit their Fair Play information to the Football League by 1 December, it is worth considering which clubs are likely to have breached the rules and the likely impact. Looking at the Championship clubs, 9 are viewed as being ‘Likely’ or ‘Very Likely’ to receive a Transfer Embargo from January.”

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