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  1. 'After last season's highs, lows this season are jarring'published at 12:33 4 October

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    It wasn’t the Reds’ night last night, after a 4-0 defeat by Leicester City. It leaves us in the least desirable position in the table and the rumour mill working over time.

    On the bright side, it is still very much the start of the season. With seven games to go until the World Cup break, perhaps a re-assessment would be necessary then. This does, however, place immense pressure on the upcoming games.

    Low confidence and concentration was evident yesterday as an avalanche of goals were conceded. This is becoming a painfully regular occurrence and, understandably, the cause of frustration.

    At this point, the basics are fundamental; with that, squad identity, cohesion and results will follow.

    Last season’s victory appears to be fuelling many of the expectations of this season. After the consistent highs of last season, the current lows are jarring. Steve Cooper has dealt with two completely different teams in an unreasonably short space of time.

    It’s inevitable that the spirit and strength of last year will be missed. With so many ‘what ifs’, it’s important to focus on the here and now, and what we have in front of us. Let’s hope time is on our side.

  2. 'It does take time to gel, no question about that'published at 11:03 4 October

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    Nottingham Forest legend Martin O'Neill says recent form is a "concern" given the money spent in the transfer window, but he added that it will take time for players to gel.

    Speaking after Monday's 4-0 loss at Leicester City, he told 5 Live Breakfast: "They started off very brightly - they lost their opening game to Newcastle, but then picked up a really good win against West Ham, got a creditable draw after that, and then it’s been really tough since.

    "The expectation, remarkably, for a side that has just come up will be very high, considering the amount of money that has been spent.

    "There are players who have arrived for substantial amounts of money who will be expecting to walk straight into the team. He [Steve Cooper] has had a really terrific time of it getting a side together and getting promotion last year, then suddenly the supposedly better players have arrived.

    "You would have expected Forest to go into the market because the side that went up may not have been strong enough on its own to survive the season. It does take time to gel, no question about that.

    "There has been a lot of goodwill there from last season, and there certainly will be among the fans."

  3. Is Cooper still the man for Forest?published at 09:51 4 October

    Following Nottingham Forest's 4-0 defeat at Leicester, Steve Cooper responded to questions over his future by saying: "I am not thinking about my personal situation."

    BBC Sport's Simon Stone says the key question is not about Cooper, but rather about what owner Evangelos Marinakis is thinking - and what his response will be to seeing a team he invested so much in, emotionally and financially, on their top-flight return drop to the foot of the table after eight games.

    There is no hiding the fact Cooper is in a difficult position.

    So, Forest fans, is he still the man for the job? Can he get the new squad gelling and turn things around? What does he need to change?

    Let us know here

  4. 'In critical moments, we're not the team you have to be at this level'published at 08:02 4 October

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  5. Analysis: Leicester 4-0 Nottingham Forestpublished at 07:00 4 October

    Simon Stone, BBC Sport

    Nottingham Forest boss Steve Cooper's reaction as James Maddison's free-kick hit the net to put Leicester City three in front told its own story.

    He watched Maddison line up his effort with his hands on his knees. They slipped off and he hung his head as the Leicester man ran away to celebrate.

    Cooper knew Taiwo Awoniyi should have given Forest the lead and also that Jesse Lingard, signed amid much fanfare after the ex-Manchester United man was courted by so many clubs, needs to have a different kind of impact than the one that set Maddison up for the opener, which deceived Dean Henderson as it struck Scott McKenna and flew into the corner.

    But his side are so obviously a work in progress. With so many new faces, the combinations required to be effective are absent. Cooper is trying to find answers in an unforgiving environment.

    Add in the touch of quality that saw Harvey Barnes and Maddison give Henderson no chance of keeping out shots that found the corner of his goal and it is easy to understand how, of these two sides, the Foxes are the ones who have the ingredients to get out of trouble.

    Patson Daka's well-taken fourth meant Cooper was experiencing his biggest loss as Forest manager since his first, another four-goal defeat by Fulham in October 2021. Only Leicester have conceded more than Forest's 21 goals so far this season.

    Cooper largely found positive answers to the questions posed of him after that Fulham loss. Even if Evangelos Marinakis stands by him, the problems facing the Welshman now appear far bigger.

  6. Sutton's predictions: Leicester City v Nottingham Forestpublished at 14:11 3 October

    Chris Sutton is taking on Sports Team drummer Al Greenwood to pick his winners and losers for the latest round of Premier League fixtures.

    Sutton's prediction: 2-1

    These are the bottom two teams and really anything could happen here. It's hard to back either side to win it, because we know about their flaws.

    Leicester actually played quite well at times against Tottenham in their last game, but they just cannot defend - whether it is from set-pieces or open play.

    There was a lot of talk about Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers losing his job during the international break on the back of that 6-2 defeat - but he survived, and I can't see them sacking him even if Leicester lose this game too.

    It wouldn't make any sense to get rid of him now, rather than during a break in the campaign when a new coach has got a bit of time to bed things in, but things need to improve before the season stops for the World Cup in mid-November, because that is an obvious time for struggling clubs to change their manager.

    Forest keep losing too, but I have massive sympathy for manager Steve Cooper because of the amount of change there has been to his squad.

    Cooper is going to need time for his new-look team to gel and, in the meantime, they are going to find it tough.

    I do think Forest will score here - Leicester just can't keep a clean sheet - but I think the Foxes will edge it, and get a much-needed win.

    Al's prediction: 2-0

    We know Leicester are a good team but they have been really poor so far. Sometimes it takes a derby game like this to kickstart your season. King Power Stadium will be rocking and if any game is going to get their squad focused again, you would think it would be this one.

    Find out how Chris and Al got on predicting Saturday and Sunday's matches

  7. Leicester City v Nottingham Forest: Team newspublished at 12:57 3 October

    Leicester City expect Wilfred Ndidi to recover in time from the minor injury that cut short his international duty with Nigeria.

    Dennis Praet has been nursing a foot problem but has been training during last week.

    Nottingham Forest will monitor Morgan Gibbs-White, who pulled out of England Under-21 duty.

    Scott McKenna is a doubt because of an injury that forced him to withdraw from Scotland's squad for their second match against Ukraine.

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  8. 'It's made me realise how much this job means to me' - Cooperpublished at 15:10 30 September

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    Nottingham Forest boss Steve Cooper says his side's poor run of form has only strengthened his conviction to be a success in the East Midlands.

    Since taking charge in September 2021 with the club languishing in the Championship, Cooper has masterminded an incredible rise to the Premier League - although four defeats in a row have stalled the feel-good factor at the City Ground.

    "It hasn't dented our spirit but instead made us even more motivated," said Cooper. "It's made me realise how important this job is to me and how much it means to me.

    "I'll always stand up and be counted and what's also good is the players are thinking internally, being collaborative and talking about how to improve."

    Forest play their first game in 17 days at Leicester on Monday and Cooper is relishing a chance to consign their bad run to history.

    "Our focus is on raising our levels," he said. "We're doing everything we can to get points and if we can start getting some positive results then things will look a bit different."

  9. Cooper on Forest progress, form and Leicester derbypublished at 14:43 30 September

    Joe Bradshaw, BBC Sport

    Steve Cooper has been speaking to the media before Nottingham Forest’s trip to Leicester on Monday.

    Here are the key lines from his news conference:

    • Scott McKenna is a doubt for the game after withdrawing early from the Scotland camp: “We’re still unsure. Everyone else is good to go as before apart from him.”

    • He has used the international break to assess where Forest are at: “It’s been a mix of disappointments and some really pleasing bits. It’s brilliant to be part of the Premier League but it’s ruthless. We’ve got to work really hard to put it right.”

    • On a disappointing run of form: “It’s not out of the norm for a promoted team to go on a difficult run and in some ways it’s expected. We don’t want to shy away from it – instead we’ll face up to it, talk about it and deal with it head on.”

    • He says he is only focussed on how Forest play rather than targeting picking up points against teams around them in the table: “It’s important we improve, prepare right and try to pick up points. Bad results haven’t dented our spirit, just more motivated.”

    • On a derby against Leicester: “It’s a big game because of the local side and that’s very important to us. It’ll be a brilliant atmosphere under the lights and we can’t wait to get over there. We’re honoured to be part of it and we’re determined to do well.”

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  10. 'Cooper’s job should not be questioned this year'published at 12:04 30 September

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    Former Nottingham Forest winger Paul Anderson believes Steve Cooper's job shouldn't be under threat this season, regardless of results.

    Speaking on this week's 'Shut up and show more football' podcast, he said: "From what I have seen from Forest fans they have been brilliant, but also football fans have very short memories.

    "A year ago Nottingham Forest were bottom of the Championship. If you look at that, Steve Cooper’s job should not be questioned this year. It’s not my decision and it’s a results-based business, but what he did last season is near enough a miracle. How he turned that round to get Forest promoted was unbelievable.

    "For me, he deserves the opportunity to have this season, regardless of how the season finishes. The fans should be behind him and realise we are back in the Premier League after 23 years, realise how fortunate the club are to be where they are and it’s a transition period.

    "There is a chance Forest are going to be near the bottom and that is realistic. If the club do get relegated, I still think Steve Cooper is the person to take those people to go again next year and you might be in a better position the following season.

    "I’m not sitting here all doom and gloom, I 100% believe that Forest have enough in that squad to survive relegation in the Premier League. I know that everyone around the club loves Steve Cooper and he is one person who should be the focal point of the club right now to keep Forest in this division."

    Should Steve Cooper's job be secure this season regardless of results? Have your say here

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  11. 'Right now, Forest are probably where they are supposed to be'published at 09:45 30 September

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    Nottingham Forest's aim at the start of the season was to avoid relegation and, as things stand, the club are where they should be in the table, says former Reds winger Paul Anderson.

    Seven games into the season, Forest are in the bottom three after one win, one draw and five defeats. But Anderson believes that the campaign will turn out positively.

    He told BBC Radio Nottingham: "If we’re going into the football side of it, from a Forest point of view, they have done OK.

    "We talk about bonding in a team and gelling and giving it time. Forest have just made a record number of signings in one transfer window - and it had to be done. I think everyone is open and honest about that.

    "I think the fans knew, and the club knew, that Forest were not in a position to compete with the lack of squad they had at the end of last season. It’s going to take time.

    "You have people coming from all over the world and Steve Cooper has got to bring them all together, get them on the same page. I think there has been some really positive performances at times.

    "What would expectations have been at the start of the season? As soon as we got promoted, it was: 'Can we avoid relegation?' They are going to be in a bit of a relegation scrap potentially but, right now, Forest are probably where they are supposed to be.

    "Given a little bit of time, it will hopefully be positive at the end of the season."

    Listen to the latest episode of 'Shut up and show more football' on BBC Sounds

  12. Listen to the latest 'Shut up and show more football'published at 18:33 29 September

    The latest episode of BBC Radio Nottingham's 'Shut up and show more football' podcast features special guest Paul Anderson.

    The former Forest winger joins David Jackson and Colin Fray to discuss a range of topics, including the abuse he got when signing for the Reds, and delighting in scoring against Leicester in a 5-1 win.

    Anderson also says he is jealous he didn't experience what Forest did last season - and doesn't think Steve Cooper’s job should be under threat.

    Listen here on BBC Sounds

  13. Which club is more likely to stay up?published at 17:00 29 September

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    We have a better chance of staying up, but only if Brendan Rodgers goes. The players have clearly downed tools and don't want to play under him any longer.

    It's very toxic at the moment being a Leicester fan. We know Rodgers can show us his quality, he's won two trophies and got to a European semi-final mostly with this squad of players but he doesn't look up to it anymore.

    As for Forest, they have just signed over 20 players who all have different styles. They've also been very good at dropping points this season. Then again so have we.

    At this rate, both East Midlands clubs look like they're going down, so it's a scrap of a match. Our problems though come from management unlike Forest who don't have a squad but a team of individuals.

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    I think the answer lies in which chairman keeps his nerve longer and backs the manager.

    Both are under pressure for failing to deliver results this campaign. The Foxes have expectations, they were Premier League champions and in Europe not so long ago; and Forest fans will always expect, especially after the miracle Steve Cooper achieved last season.

    My prediction, both teams stay up, but at least one of them will change manager. Whoever loses on Monday will lose their job but Rodgers is more in trouble than Cooper because of expectation at the start of the season.

    The Premier League is tough and the league table doesn't lie but I don't think Cooper should get sacked. He needs more time after the overhaul of players in the summer.

    Despite the position we are in, I believe we can stay up with the players we have.

    Check out the full piece here

  14. 'Forest will survive'published at 15:38 29 September

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    Former Nottingham Forest manager Frank Clark says he is convinced the Reds can avoid relegation if “everyone keeps their heads” at the City ground.

    The 79-year-old, who won the European Cup with Forest as a player, went on to succeed the late, great Brian Clough following the club’s top-flight relegation in 1993.

    He took Forest back to the Premier League in his first season in charge, then led them to a third-place finish, which earned Forest a place in Europe the following year.

    Forest’s latest Premier League absence lasted 23 years, and while they sit second from bottom after seven games with just four points, Clark says manager Steve Cooper has the players to ensure they stay up.

    When asked on BBC Radio Nottingham’s In the Game programme if Forest could avoid relegation, Clark said: “Yes, I have no doubt about that.

    “It will be a struggle, but we will definitely stay up if everybody keeps their head.

    “We have signed some very good players, we can argue about the numbers, but we lost seven that needed to be replaced to start with.

    “It will take Steve a while, it would take any manager a while, to gel that them together and to find out what his best team is.

    “The problem is Forest have very good players, but the cohesion isn’t there. And that’s understandable. You can’t snap your fingers and bring a group of players together and expect it be cohesive against a team that has maybe played together for two years.

    “Once things settle down and Steve gets a better idea of what his best team is, we will be alright. We will survive.”

    You can listen to move from Clark on BBC Sounds here