The Sabri Lamouchi revolution at Nottingham Forest remains in full swing, with spirits as high as ever on the back of a 1-0 victory over Derby.

Bragging rights in the East Midlands remain on Trentside after Saturday’s dogged display at the City Ground.

The latest silencing of the Rams encapsulated what Forest are all about in 2019-20.

Lamouchi’s men will not roll over for anybody.

Success is being built on the sturdiest of foundations, with another clean sheet added to the collection.

Brice Samba is a reassuring presence between the sticks, with the back four in front of him prepared to head and kick anything that moves.

Ben Watson steers the ship, while Ryan Yates looks in the mood to make up for lost time.

There is then the graft and guile of Joe Lolley, Tiago Silva and Sammy Ameobi, while Lewis Grabban continues to show that he will gobble up any sight of goal.

It is, however, not just the XI on the field that are buying into Sabri-ball.


A new mindset is being embraced by everybody associated with the club.

From those in the stands to those in the directors’ box, the mood really couldn’t be any better.

Which is some feat given where we all were at the end of 2018-19.

Three wins may have carried the Reds over the finishing line last season, but dreams of a promotion push felt as distant as they have been for some time.

What a difference a few months makes.

With the mood in the Forest camp encapsulated by the response of those on the bench to Grabban’s glorious winner against Derby.


Chema could not have been more happy had he found the back of the net himself.

Those alongside him are as quick to get off their seats as the 20-odd thousand supporters packed in around them.

Yes, it was a derby.

And yes, you would expect goals to be acknowledged by those on the bench.

There will, however, have been a sense of disappointment among some at not landing a starting berth.

Lamouchi’s class of 2019-20 are, however, fully united and all pulling in the same direction.

There have been no grumbles of discontent, even from those firmly frozen out or struggling for regular game time.

The power of the collective, rather than individual, is guiding Forest forward – with Lamouchi calling the shots.


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