The curtain has come down on the 2015-2016 season with us being promoted as Champions to the Premier League.
We ended the season 23 games undefeated in The Championship as we marched on to the title and a record points tally of 113 points and 28 clean sheets from our 46 league games. We did not lose a league game since December. The City Ground was a fortress with only 4 league goals being scored against us in Nottingham. Nelson Oliveira scored a total of 45 goals in all competitions including a club record 41 in the league out of a league record 123 total goals for us. We also managed to reach the FA Cup Semi Final were we lost 0-1 against Manchester City. On the way to the Semi Final we knocked both North London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspurs out of the competion.
When I set out on this save I never imagined the success that we were to have in our first season, I said I wanted to push for a playoff spot but never thought we would dominate the league like we have by winning it by 29 points. Below are a few screen shots of our season.
We were on fire in January with big wins against both Birmingham and Middlesbrough plus we knocked Spurs out of the cup in their own back garden.
Four wins and 1 draw cemented us firmly on to the top of the table
A perfect month ended with 2 big wins against rivals Sheffield Wednesday and Derby County ensuring promotion to the Premier League.
April / May 2016
We secured the title with a 4-0 win at home to Brentford in the opening match of the month with record breaking Oliveira netting an hat-trick.
FA Cup Semi Final
Championship Player Stats
Championship Team Stats
Nottingham Forest Squad Statistics 15/16
Nottingham Forest Club News
With the transfer embargo lifted in January the board made £11m available so I made 3 of our loan signings permanent Nelson Oliveira signed for £5m from Benfica, Ryan Mendes signed for £3.1m from Lille and Kyle Ebicillo signed for £2.5m rising to £4m with add ons from FC Twente.
Players departing the club are Chris Cohen who asked to be released along with Matty Fryatt, Andy Reid and Dexter Blackstock who are all surplus to requirement at the City Ground.
The squad are now enjoying the end of season break before we travel to Holland for our pre season training camp were I hope to have made additions to our squad. I am looking at a few key positions to strengthen the squad as I await the boards expectations and the budgets for the coming season.
I am also on the lookout for a new assistant manager after Lennie Lawrence announced his retirement from the game.
A special mention to Britt Assombalonga who after a long spell out injured returned and made 6 substitute appearances before picking up an injury that will keep him side lined for a further 5 months.
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