I did something similar after we lost to Luton. Quite a few comments about a lack of a gameplan, Monk is clueless etc. So I wanted to analyse his plan for the Forest game.
Our gameplan against Forest was spot on and 1-1 is a disappointing result. We should have won by a couple at least. The dropped 2 points was down to poor execution.
Compare this to the Luton game where we lost because of bad tactics. The Forest draw is on the players, not Monk.
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Monk used 2 strikers and we played further up the pitch. This made Forest go long a lot and gave them few chances to pass out from the back.
Iorfa made a big difference, as did Palmer. Both operating in an unusual back 3, they cleared up most attacks from Nottingham. Forest lacked a dominating striker as Grabban lost out against Iorfa most times.
Harris dropped deep to help out Borner on the left hand side and all three centre mids played Box to Box. High energy, ensuring we were covered through the middle.
This defensive tactic wouldn't work without the Wednesday players putting big shifts in and getting back to help out. 3 at the back causes chaos at time when the ball broke to a Forest player but most of the time it worked.
Lolley scored the counter attacking goal that highlights the weakness of Monk's defensive approach. This tactic relies on us scoring a few because Championship teams will get at least one against you.
Attacking plan A was to go wide to Harris and Murphy who would deliver a cross into a crowded box. When closed down, the players were supported by Bannan who could whip it in.
We put 40 crosses into the box as Monk highlighted their weakness in the air at Centre Back. Execution was poor and many of these crosses went astray.
BUT - Monk's plan also worked. 40 crosses translated into 3 key chances: Wickham's goal, Wickham heading against this post with the ball falling to Lee and Wickham header being handballed on the line.
Clearly Monk thought Wickham could beat the Forest defence in the air and he was correct. Sadly so many of the crosses were poor and Harris was unable to beat Cash on the left.
When the wings broke down we worked the ball centrally. Luongo and Lee would try and fashion shots or slip Rhodes in.
This tactic worked and Luongo had 2 good chances. Rhodes was slipped in three times (one offside).
Playing through centrally goes up against Forest's formation and what they excel at so to create those chances was impressive.
Monk got the tactice spot on.
We had high possession and were able to work the balls into wide areas regularly. This translated to 40 crosses, 4 key chances and 1 goal.
When things broke down we worked the ball centrally for shots or to slip in Rhodes. This translated to 4 chances on the edge and 3 in the box.
Our wing players underperformed and failed to capiltalise. Too many crosses went astray. Monk changed this with Reach and De La Cruz. Cruz was the difference maker with his corner and several other good balls in.
We made 2 major defensive errors but Forest only capitalised on one.
We should have won 3-1.
Monk's tactics were spot on. The players failed to capitalise so we drew.