With the 2018/19 now consigned to the record books, Nottingham Forest must look forwards rather than backwards.
As usual at the City Ground, the campaign didn’t go without incident and lots of stories emerged from the rollercoaster ride of a season.
Seat Pitch continues with a new feature called ‘Stories of the Season’ which will encapsulate the highs and lows of the campaign just gone…
December 2018 – Beginning of the end for Aitor Karanka
Forest entered December with things ticking along nicely. Typically on Trentside, however, the Reds hit a bump in the road.
A 2-0 win over Ipswich Town kicked off the month. Forest’s second goal was a stunning team goal which saw every member of the team touch the ball at least once.
It was to be Forest’s only win in the month, however. Home defeats against Preston North End and QPR came either side of a credible point away at Derby.
It was a trip to Norwich City that finally saw reports of unrest in the camp emerge. Forest went 3-0 up against the Canaries but were pegged back to draw 3-3 – Daniel Farke’s men scoring twice in seven minutes of time added on.
The Telegraph then ran a story about Karanka’s future; stating that he was on the brink. He did last a couple more weeks but the writing was on the wall since the Boxing Day contest.
Matty Cash scored twice and Jack Robinson scored a rare goal as Forest raced into a three-goal lead. Mario Vrancic and an injury-time brace from Onel Hernandez left the Reds cruelly denied a massive three points.
It wasn’t really a month that will live fond in the memory of Forest supporters.
Queens Park Rangers secured their first win at the City Ground in history. Forest went behind just prior to half-time and never recovered.
Other than the Ipswich win, Forest’s best performance was probably in the derby at Pride Park. The Reds never looked like losing the game and Joe Lolley crashed an effort against the crossbar late on.