Another weekend in the Premier League has passed as clubs continue to recover from the winter break. One particularly intriguing clash took place last night at the City Ground when Nottingham Forest hosted Chelsea.
In the end, Forest and the Blues shared the points – and these are the main conclusions that we got from the game.
No confidence or cohesion
Other than luck or one-time magic, there is nothing about Chelsea’s style of play that inspires confidence. They lack a natural strike link at the top, keep letting their guard down at inopportune moments, and never seem to come together the way players of this quality should. Ultimately, hosts would probably be disappointed if they didn’t take advantage of this.
Home spirit of the forest
Nottingham Forest are unbeaten in six home matches in all competitions. While this alone is not enough to save them, it is a testament to the work done by Steve Cooper and his behind-the-scenes staff. They never stopped fighting here and probably should have even got three points, but as a base to try to get out of the relegation zone, this was exactly the exit they needed.
Potter needs time
Many fans are already starting to put pressure on Graham Potter’s shoulders. To some extent, we understand that football fans can be quite reactionary. Unfortunately for them, this still doesn’t fit the logical train of thought. This club needs time to start working on the system Potter wants to use, and for that they have to give him at least until the start of next season – unless things start to go horribly wrong.