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  1. 'A decent workout' but 'we are clearly short of strikers'published at 14:13 20 July

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    We asked for your views on Nottingham Forest's 1-1 draw with Sunderland on Friday.

    Here are some of your responses:

    Carlton: A decent workout and plenty of attacking intent on display. We really do need a dynamic striker, though. It has been our Achilles heel for the past couple of seasons and still is.

    Andrea: Lots of one-touch passing down the left-hand side between Aina, Dominguez, Danilo, Gibbs-White and Hudson-Odoi, giving Forest most of the possession in the first half and enabling them to create some good chances. Anderson looked at home in the second half.

    Kris: Sangare looked solid again and it was great to see Richards on the scoresheet after a nightmare start to his Forest career. We are clearly short of strikers, though, and hopefully we will see another quality addition in that position before the season starts.

  2. Full time: Nottingham Forest 1-1 Sunderlandpublished at 20:00 19 July

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    Nottingham Forest’s first pre-season friendly from their trip to Spain ended in a 1-1 draw against Sunderland.

    Omar Richards scored two minutes into his first appearance for the club with an impressive finish in off the crossbar.

    What did you learn from the performance, Forest fans?

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  3. 🎧 First pre-season friendly and Anderson talks Forest movepublished at 18:16 19 July

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    The latest Shut Up And Show More Football is available and on this weeks show, BBC Radio Nottingham's David Jackson and Colin Fray look back on the Reds' first pre-season friendly against Chesterfield.

    They catch up with boss Nuno Espirito Santo after the win and also speak to new recruit Elliot Anderson about his move to The City Ground.

    Listen to the full episode on BBC Sounds

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  4. Milenkovic a 'dominant force' and 'commanding presence'published at 13:09 19 July

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    Following the news of Nottingham Forest signing defender Nikola Milenkovic on Thursday from Fiorentina, we asked you to have your say on the new recruit.

    Here are a selection of your comments:

    Will: Having watched a lot of Serie A over the last few seasons, I'm delighted with the signing if I'm honest. Milenkovic has been a dominant force for La Viola over the last few campaigns. I'm certain that this will have ruffled a few feathers amongst the Fiorentina fanbase as it's a good price for a smart defender who will replace Niakhate well.

    Shaun: We have been conceding too many goal from set pieces for far too long, his record for headers won along with his strength and mobility he will make us a stronger team. He is not breaking the bank with his price either while being a decent age.

    Tim: Milenkovic for £12m is an amazing bit of business. He is an upgrade on Niakhate and the long term successor to Boly. Really excited to have signed him ahead of any other competition and will hopefully massively improve our attacking and defensive record from set pieces

    Peter: If he can adapt quickly, playing alongside Murillo at the back, it will be exciting to see what they can achieve. We've needed a commanding presence at the back since we were promoted - good to see that arriving now!

    Roland: Great signing for us, really loving the transfer approach so far - quality over quantity.

    Kris: At last, it feels like we've turned the corner with transfers this season. Milenkovic is exactly the sort of player we've needed in our shaky defence, often conceding from set pieces. He'll add much-needed steel and experience of top level football. Quietly confident we'll be singing his name.

  5. Do clubs actually play more games?published at 11:11 19 July

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    It seems inevitable a host of Premier League managers will point to fixture congestion in the months to come.

    When injuries mount, or when time on the training ground is squeezed, coaches often reference the intense nature of the calendar.

    But research conducted by the respected CIES Football Observatory has delivered data which shows clubs are - on average - not playing more competitive games than they have in the last couple of decades.

    The CIES looked at 677 clubs across 40 leagues. In looking at a period from 2012 to 2024, its findings show in 2023-24, the average club played 42.4 competitive matches. In 2014-15 that figure was 42.6 and in 2020-21 it hit 43.9.

    And if focus is placed on sides competing in the Champions League, data gathered between 2000 and 2024 also shows sides are not setting fixture records in the current game, as some managers may like to loosely imply.

    In looking at the five major European Leagues, the CIES claim Champions League competitors played an average of 50.8 matches last season.

    In 2020-21 they averaged 57.9 and in 2002-03 they contested 55.2.

    Manchester United played in 52 competitive games last season, down from highs of 71 in 2020-21 and 66 in 2008-09.

    Across all of the clubs analysed, only 4% played more than 60 games last season. In 2012-13, the figure stood at 5.1%.

    While clubs may play added friendlies and - it would be fair to say - individual matches tend to be longer given increased injury time in the current game, the data shows that competitive fixture numbers are flat or have in most cases fallen, even if disgruntled managers say otherwise.

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