Half-time at the City Ground on Saturday and thousands of Nottingham Forest supporters headed for the exits – they had seen enough!

Who could blame them!

Regardless of your views on leaving games early – be that five minutes or 45 – the mass exodus was not all that surprising.

A meeting with Sheffield Wednesday was over.

Not technically, but definitely figuratively.

Forest had conspired to produce their worst first-half performance for some considerable time.

In living memory for some!

As the whistle blew and bums lifted off seats, with some already on their way over Trent Bridge, the scoreline read 0-4.

Jordan Rhodes had a hat-trick to his name before the Reds had even got going.

Plenty decided a return to the pub or a spot of Christmas shopping was preferable to staying put.


Original Image: Nottingham Forest/Graphic Design: Beth Davenport

Emotions were running high, as is to be expected.

That was not due to any sense of entitlement, it was merely down to what had just played out.

With the points long gone, attention started to drift elsewhere.

In a season which has delivered plenty of positivity, there was always going to be the odd bump in the road.

December has proved problematic in recent times, and history has a habit of repeating itself.

Saturday is also not the first time in which Forest have found themselves four goals down at the interval.

Back in the 1996-97 it happened twice in a single campaign!

That was a forgettable season for all sorts of reasons, with relegation once again suffered out of the Premier League.

A first outing on home soil delivered a 4-1 defeat to Sunderland, with the Black Cats out of sight by the break – with Niall Quinn bagging a brace.

Forest then bowed out of the top tier on a low as they were crushed 5-0 at Newcastle on the final day.


Faustino Asprilla, Les Ferdinand (twice) and Alan Shearer all found the target during the first half at St James’ Park.

Fast forward to August 30, 2008 and you find another entry on the roll of shame.

Wolves were the opponents on that occasion, with the Reds blown out of the water 5-1 at Molineux – having been four behind at the interval.

Then, in September 2011, a similar experience was taken in at Burnley.

The final outcome was the same, with Jay Rodriguez recording two efforts inside the opening 15 minutes.

What happened against Wednesday is, therefore, nothing new.

Unpleasant, yes, but we have been here before.

It is, however, worth noting that the Reds finished no higher than 19th in all of the previous campaigns in which they hit such a notable low.

Survival was secured by the skin of collective teeth on a couple of occasions in the Championship, while also bowing out of the Premier League.

Targets have been set considerably higher this term, which makes it all the more imperative that a positive response is offered at Huddersfield on Saturday.

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