Nottingham Forest were defeated once again and as the East Midlands rain poured down on Sabri Lamouchi, one of his substitutes could have been forgiven for feeling down in the dumps.

To Forest fans of a certain age, Michael Dawson will be considered as their favourite player of all time. The man with 118 appearances to his name across two spells quite simply deserves a bit more respect than he’s currently being shown.

Following a £4 million transfer to Tottenham in 2005 he enjoyed a long-standing career in the top-flight, playing 286 games across spells in North London and with Hull City.

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Dawson also collected four England caps and had he not been around during an era when John Terry, Rio Ferdinand, Jamie Carragher and Ledley King were in their pomp, he may have won more.

Since arriving back at the club in 2018, the 36-year-old has played 32 times for the club and has largely been seen as a backup option.

This season he has been an unused substitute in all five of Forest’s game and yesterday highlighted the job he could still be doing for the Reds.

Tyler Blackett might well be left-footed but in no way should be starting games over Dawson.


Yesterday Bristol City had Nahki Wells, Andreas Weimann, Chris Martin and Jamie Paterson in their attack; all four with a pedigree in Championship football.

Forest chose to partner the young Loic Mbe Soh with Blackett, who has spent his career switching between centre-back and left-back, ahead of the experienced Dawson.

The centre-back isn’t still the defender who once played for his country but there is still enough to suggest that he could still be doing a job for Forest.


Following the departure of Ben Watson, the Reds are desperately short of leaders and that is one reason to suggest that Dawson could be doing a job right now.

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Lamouchi hasn’t shown a great deal of respect to the Forest favourite by giving pretty much every other centre half at the club a chance ahead of him.

As Forest slipped two goals behind yesterday, Dawson was sent to warm up it seemed. It later transpired he was asked to give instructions to Mbe Soh and Blackett from the touchline.

He’d have been forgiven for telling his boss where to go; of course, he wouldn’t, the experienced defender has built a career as a model professional and respected individual.

Quite simply though, he should have been giving instructions from the pitch and not as a makeshift coach asked to put a kit on and act as a substitute.

Whether the Frenchman is in charge for the trip to Blackburn remains to be seen.

Whoever is overseeing things would be very wise to put some respect on Dawson’s name and give him more of a starring role in the team.

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