Kenny Burns: Nottingham Forest's display was disastrous, I wish I'd stayed at home
AFTER waking up to horrendous overnight snow, I did not think I would make the Nottingham Forest v Watford match.
The side and back roads where inches deep but I tried my luck, after digging out the car. Though the car was all over the place at the start of the journey, I managed to reach the main carriageways.
But, on reaching the city, there was hardly any sign of snow. It was quite unbelievable.
However, having been delighted to make it to the City Ground, I was to suffer another nightmare as the performance that unfolded made me wish I had stayed at home.
Forest were simply awful, a formation that worked well against Derby proved totally flawed against Gianfranco Zola's Watford side.
The best way for me to describe it was it felt like watching a game of firsts. It was like the Forest players had only just met for the first time; only just played a professional game for the first time; passed the ball for the first time.
It was a disastrous performance throughout the team. Watford totally ripped the Reds to pieces every time they went forward. Talk about a bad day at the office.
The biggest problem was all three goals were soft and unavoidable and, once again for me, Danny Collins needs to be better at the heart of the defence.
He needs to be meaner, more of a leader and his performance at the weekend was simply not good enough.
He was not on his own. The only person to come out with any credit was Karl Darlow, who was not at fault for the goals and made a fantastic save in the first half.
Andy Reid coming back from injury, returning as a second-half substitute, is also a big bonus but in terms of Saturday, that is about all I can draw from it, in terms of positives, I am afraid.
Simon Cox played in the hole and for me it just does not work for him. His opening two games showed so much promise but since then, I don't think he has looked anywhere near the same threat.
Playing in the hole certainly does not help him and he just could not get the ball under control on Saturday. However, I do think there is a lot more to come and he can be a great player for Forest if he finds his role and his true form.
Dexter Blackstock has just penned a new long-term deal and the lad is as honest as they come, he will fight for the cause all day long. But he did not have the best game and there are a lot of aspects of his game – his finishing and heading – he can work on and improve.
He had a glorious chance just before the break, at 2-0 down, to pull a goal back but missed the target from a few yards out when he should have scored.
Yes, we all miss chances and Blackstock will be kicking himself, because they are the ones you need to put away.
Birmingham is up next, away from home, and it will be hostile for boss Alex McLeish returning to his old club.
I expect a few changes after what we witnessed on Saturday because it simply was not good enough. It just all seems a bit inconsistent.
However, despite the horror show, I still believe if Forest turn up and play how they are capable of, they can win against the Blues.