Six competitive games played and we have four wins, two draws and four clean sheets – the comparison and contrast with last season is so marked that no one could have expected it.
I really don’t want to tempt fate in the run up to the game against Forest but equally it’s right to acknowledge what has been achieved and to celebrate it.
I have seen five out of the six competitive games and we have looked solid at the back so far, with Tom Lees being a revelation, and Joe Mattock looking like a new player.
Other than Millwall the midfield has been good, whoever has played and in whatever formation, the work rate has been exceptional.
Up front Stevie May looks to be hardworking and to have a striker’s instincts, and what can be said about Nuhiu – a handful for defenders in every game, he works tirelessly and is beginning to add finishing to his repertoire.
Injuries and the departure of Antonio stretched tight resources even further and it is of enormous credit to SG and Bully that the team spirit has absorbed those blows. We need a bit more luck on that front and SG needs the scope to re-enforce numbers.
A winger, a striker and creative midfielder are the slots remaining for me. We’ll see whether that can be accomplished and we will hope that SG can continue to extract the individual and collective performances from the players he has.
A nice repeat of the 3-0 beating of Forest when we were promoted 30 years ago would do nicely – Nuhiu has a vague facial resemblance to Imre Varadi!