SEASON: 2021-22

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This Season: 2021-22
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Football League Championship (Tier 2)
Chris Hughton, Steven Reid, Steve Cooper
FA Cup:
Quarter Final (Liverpool (H) 0-1)
League Cup:
2nd Round (Wolverhampton Wanderers (H) 0-4)

Player Of The Year:
Scott McKenna
Top Goalscorer:
Brennan Johnson (19 goals)

We started 2021-22 with four league losses, exactly like we did last season. Before that, the previous time we lost the first four league games of the season was in 1954-55, when we lost the first five games (but still finished in 15th place and avoided relegation). So 2021 was our worst start to the season in 67 years. And then Steve Cooper joined.

Well, technically we fired Chris Hughton first. And then we asked first team coach Steven Reid to take over as caretaker manager, after only being at Forest for month. And then Derby were deducted 12 points for entering administration, to take us off the bottom of the league. But I digress, because then Steve Cooper joined.

We started great under the new manager with a draw and four wins before his first loss at champions-to-be Fulham. Then came an unbeaten streak of 9 games to lift us up to 7th place.
The FA Cup provided a lot of excitement as, after knocking out Arsenal in the 3rd Round, holders Leicester in the 4th Round and then Huddersfield Town in the 5th round we got the best tie possible for the Quarter Final. We were drawn at home to Liverpool, giving us our biggest home game for 20 years and, although we lost 1-0, we still played a tremendous game and Liverpool went on to win the trophy.

Back in the league, we briefly occupied a playoff spot for one game after beating Blackburn 2-0 away and then hovered just below it until we ended a 10-game unbeaten run in 3rd place and we stayed in the playoff zone until finally finishing 4th on the last day of the season. We met Sheffield United in the playoff semi finals and beat them on penalties in the second leg, before beating Huddersfield Town in the Playoff final at Wembley. That meant that after being bottom after 8 games, we had somehow made the Quarter Final of the FA Cup and are in the Premier League. Well not just somehow. Steve Cooper joined.


Click here for all tables for 2021-22
Competitive Games:
Competitive Goals:
Goals per game:

League Games:
League Points:
86 out of 147 (3 points per win)
Points Percentage:
Results when we, or opponent, scored first
Who Scored FirstGamesWonDrawnLostPoints won
Forest scored first27213366 out of 81
Opponent scored first20461018 out of 60

Results when leading and when behind
Leading or BehindGamesWonDrawnLostPoints won
We take a lead31253378 out of 93
We go behind23461318 out of 69

Goals scored, conceded and win and loss margins
Goal count:1 goal2 goals3 goals4 goals5+ goals
Scored18 times14 times5 times5 times1 time
Conceded25 times9 times2 times
Won By12 times8 times6 times3 times
Lost By11 times2 times2 times

Analysis of the league positions
This table shows:
(a) how many days we spent in each of the league positions
(b) how we did when we played teams in each of the league positions.

Position days Record against teams in each position
Num Days Opp
PWDLFAPointsResults (Green=win; Blue=draw; Red=loss)
1 111--103 Fulham (1-0)
2 221-1213 Blackburn Rovers (2-0), Bournemouth (0-1)
313 32-11041 Fulham (0-4), West Bromwich Albion (0-0), Huddersfield Town (1-0)
47 4-------
511 531-2333 Stoke City (0-1), Queens Park Rangers (3-1), Luton Town (0-1), Sheffield United (2-1), Sheffield United (1-2)
63 621-1213 Huddersfield Town (2-0), Huddersfield Town (0-1)
722 73-21342 Bournemouth (1-2), Queens Park Rangers (1-1), Sheffield United (1-1)
825 8-------
953 92--2140 Blackburn Rovers (1-2), Middlesbrough (0-2)
1013 101--1120 Cardiff City (1-2)
11 11642-11314 Bristol City (2-1), Luton Town (0-0), Millwall (1-0), Stoke City (2-2), Coventry City (2-0),
122 12211-214 Blackpool (2-1), Preston North End (0-0)
1327 1311--413 Blackpool (4-1)
144 14321-1037 Derby County (1-1), Swansea City (4-1), Swansea City (5-1)
157 1522--606 Birmingham City (3-0), Preston North End (3-0)
1610 1621-1323 Coventry City (1-2), Bristol City (2-0)
1718 172-2-222 Millwall (1-1), Sheffield United (1-1)
183 183111334 Middlesbrough (0-2), Birmingham City (2-0), Hull City (1-1)
191 19211-324 Reading (1-1), Hull City (2-1)
209 2021-1433 Barnsley (3-1), Cardiff City (1-2)
21 2111--403 Reading (4-0)
223 2222--306 Peterborough United (2-0), Peterborough United (1-0)
239 2311--213 Derby County (2-1)
2434 2411--303 Barnsley (3-0)

Highest League Attendance:
29,293 (Birmingham City)
Lowest League Attendance:
23,830 (Middlesbrough)
Average League Attendance:
Highest Cup Attendance:
28,762 (Leicester City)
Lowest Cup Attendance:
9,514 (Bradford City)

Clean Sheets:
Yellow cards:
Red cards:
Own goals (for):
3 (scored by opponents for us)
Own goals (against):
2 (scored by us for opponents)
Penalties scored:
Penalties conceded:
Penalties missed:
Penalties saved:

Manager: Chris Hughton
1Sun Aug 08, 2021Coventry CityA1-2Loss20,84320Taylor (36)
2Sat Aug 14, 2021BournemouthH1-2Loss25,03523McKenna (48)
3Wed Aug 18, 2021Blackburn RoversH1-2Loss23,96423Zinckernagel (69)
4Sat Aug 21, 2021Stoke CityA0-1Loss21,34624
5Sat Aug 28, 2021Derby CountyA1-1Draw22,99124Johnson (82)
6Sun Sep 12, 2021Cardiff CityH1-2Loss24,15324Grabban (23)
7Wed Sep 15, 2021MiddlesbroughH0-2Loss23,83024
Manager: Steven Reid
8Sat Sep 18, 2021Huddersfield TownA2-0Win17,46224Grabban (22), Lee Nicholls (48 OG)
Manager: Steve Cooper
9Sat Sep 25, 2021MillwallH1-1Draw25,58922Lowe (52)
10Wed Sep 29, 2021BarnsleyA3-1Win13,65720Zinckernagel (61), Johnson (68), Grabban (81)
11Sat Oct 02, 2021Birmingham CityA3-0Win15,14817Grabban (11), Yates (29), Spence (53)
12Sat Oct 16, 2021BlackpoolH2-1Win27,94616Johnson (22), Grabban (61)
13Tue Oct 19, 2021Bristol CityA2-1Win18,32512Taylor (90 pen, 91)
14Sun Oct 24, 2021FulhamH0-4Loss27,47015
15Fri Oct 29, 2021Queens Park RangersA1-1Draw15,08915Colback (91)
16Tue Nov 02, 2021Sheffield UnitedH1-1Draw25,23816Grabban (83)
17Sat Nov 06, 2021Preston North EndH3-0Win27,12913Grabban (32, 70), Colback (41)
18Sat Nov 20, 2021ReadingA1-1Draw14,90713Zinckernagel (4)
19Tue Nov 23, 2021Luton TownH0-0Draw25,71512
20Fri Nov 26, 2021West Bromwich AlbionA0-0Draw22,42413
21Sat Dec 04, 2021Peterborough UnitedH2-0Win28,30813Garner (72), Yates (84)
22Sat Dec 11, 2021Swansea CityA4-1Win17,6598Zinckernagel (48), Grabban (50), Johnson (68), Cafú (90)
23Sat Dec 18, 2021Hull CityH2-1Win26,5137Grabban (55 pen), Johnson (72)
24Sun Dec 26, 2021MiddlesbroughA0-2Loss29,8329
25Thu Dec 30, 2021Huddersfield TownH0-1Loss27,1599
26Sat Jan 15, 2022MillwallA1-0Win13,2979Grabban (92)
27Sat Jan 22, 2022Derby CountyH2-1Win29,2568Grabban (48), Johnson (82)
28Tue Jan 25, 2022BarnsleyH3-0Win27,5047Davis (15), Yates (38), Johnson (75)
29Sun Jan 30, 2022Cardiff CityA1-2Loss18,8668Davis (92)
30Wed Feb 09, 2022Blackburn RoversA2-0Win13,8696Garner (22), Johnson (90 pen)
31Sat Feb 12, 2022Stoke CityH2-2Draw28,9907Johnson (56), Yates (92)
32Tue Feb 22, 2022Preston North EndA0-0Draw12,5989
33Sat Feb 26, 2022Bristol CityH2-0Win28,5069Johnson (38), Garner (55)
34Fri Mar 04, 2022Sheffield UnitedA1-1Draw28,8418Yates (94)
35Sat Mar 12, 2022ReadingH4-0Win28,1829Davis (1, 62), Yates (75), Surridge (80)
36Wed Mar 16, 2022Queens Park RangersH3-1Win27,8728Spence (55), Yates (83), Johnson (87)
37Sat Apr 02, 2022BlackpoolA4-1Win13,9867Zinckernagel (11), Johnson (30, 36), Surridge (82)
38Wed Apr 06, 2022Coventry CityH2-0Win28,9775Johnson (25), Garner (61)
39Sat Apr 09, 2022Birmingham CityH2-0Win29,2933Davis (5), McKenna (79)
40Fri Apr 15, 2022Luton TownA0-1Loss10,0705
41Mon Apr 18, 2022West Bromwich AlbionH4-0Win28,9265Johnson (19 pen), Yates (23), Colback (45), Surridge (90)
42Sat Apr 23, 2022Peterborough UnitedA1-0Win12,8174Surridge (45)
43Tue Apr 26, 2022FulhamA1-0Win19,2183Zinckernagel (15)
44Sat Apr 30, 2022Swansea CityH5-1Win28,6593Christie (22 OG), Surridge (48, 53, 69), Mighten (84)
45Tue May 03, 2022BournemouthA0-1Loss10,5633
46Sat May 07, 2022Hull CityA1-1Draw18,3494Johnson (92)

Manager: Steve Cooper
Sat May 14, 2022Sheffield UnitedSemi1A2-1Win30,225Colback (10), Johnson (71)
Tue May 17, 2022Sheffield UnitedSemi2H1-2Loss29,015Johnson (19)
Sun May 29, 2022Huddersfield TownFinalN1-0Win80,019Levi Colwill (43 OG)

FA Cup
Manager: Steve Cooper
Sun Jan 09, 2022Arsenal3H1-0Win24,938Grabban (83)
Sun Feb 06, 2022Leicester City4H4-1Win28,762Zinckernagel (23), Johnson (24), Worrall (32), Spence (61)
Mon Mar 07, 2022Huddersfield Town5H2-1Win27,417Surridge (29), Yates (37)
Sun Mar 20, 2022LiverpoolQuarterH0-1Loss28,584

League Cup
Manager: Chris Hughton
Wed Aug 11, 2021Bradford City1H2-1Win9,514Carvalho (39, 41)
Tue Aug 24, 2021Wolverhampton Wanderers2H0-4Loss10,769

Pre-Season Friendly
Manager: Chris Hughton
Sat Jul 10, 2021Alfreton TownEnglandA2-1Win805Johnson (18), Swan (88)
Sat Jul 17, 2021Port ValeEnglandA2-0Win0Mighten (13), Colback (24)
Tue Jul 20, 2021Northampton TownEnglandA2-0Win2,526Taylor (48), Cafú (61)
Sat Jul 24, 2021Crewe AlexandraEnglandA2-2Draw1,813Johnson (30, 58)
Wed Jul 28, 2021Aston VillaEnglandA-Canc-
Sat Jul 31, 2021BurnleyEnglandH-Canc-

Transfers before, during and immediately after the season.
In (16) - £2,200,000 Out (25) - £0
Date Player Details Fee Date Player Details Fee
Baba FernandesBoughtJan 23, 2021Jordan WrightSold
Jul 13, 2021Ethan HorvathBoughtJun 25, 2021George ShelveyLoan Out
Aug 07, 2021Philip ZinckernagelLoan InJul 04, 2021Nicholas IoannouLoan Out
Aug 10, 2021Jordi Osei-TutuLoan InAug 16, 2021Fouad BachirouSold
Aug 22, 2021James GarnerLoan InAug 17, 2021Josh BarnesLoan Out
Aug 27, 2021Max LoweLoan InAug 31, 2021Harry ArterLoan Out
Aug 31, 2021Braian OjedaBoughtAug 31, 2021Jordan GabrielSold
Aug 31, 2021Djed SpenceLoan InAug 31, 2021Nuno Da CostaLoan Out
Aug 31, 2021Mohamed DrägerBoughtOct 05, 2021Jordan WrightLoan Out
Aug 31, 2021Xande SilvaBoughtDec 07, 2021Jayden RichardsonLoan Out
Sep 02, 2021Rodrigo ElyBoughtJan 23, 2022Joao CarvalhoSold
Jan 01, 2022Keinan DavisLoan InJan 27, 2022Lyle TaylorLoan Out
Jan 04, 2022Steve CookBoughtJan 31, 2022Carl JenkinsonLoan Out
Jan 08, 2022Richie LaryeaBoughtJan 31, 2022Rodrigo ElyReleased
Jan 31, 2022Jonathan PanzoBoughtJan 31, 2022Tyrese FornahLoan Out
Jan 31, 2022Sam SurridgeBought£2,200,000Feb 02, 2022Mohamed DrägerLoan Out
Mar 15, 2022Harry ArterLoan Out
Jun 08, 2022Baba FernandesReleased
Jun 08, 2022Carl JenkinsonReleased
Jun 08, 2022Gaëtan BongReleased
Jun 08, 2022Josh BarnesReleased
Jun 08, 2022Sam SandersReleased
Jun 08, 2022Tobias FigueiredoReleased
Jun 20, 2022Jayden RichardsonSold
Jul 05, 2022Brice SambaSold

Season Record (Competitive Games only)
Pos Num Country PlayerP W D L Goals Yellows Reds Went Off Came On Unused Sub Notes
GK1 USAEthan Horvath11623144Bought on free transfer at beginning of season
GK12 EnglandJordan Smith5
GK30 CongoBrice Samba45249126115Left to join Lens at the end of the season
GK47 EnglandJordan WrightLeft to join Lincoln City in January
GK EnglandGeorge Shelvey Loan OutOn loan to Mansfield United until January
D2 EnglandDjed Spence Loan In46281083621On loan from Middlesbrough until the end of the season
D3 PortugalTobias Figueiredo27137757426Left at the end of the season
D4 EnglandJoe Worrall462611919
D5 BrazilRodrigo ElyReleased by mutual consent
D6 FranceLoïc Mbe Soh2215
D13 CameroonGaëtan Bong7142318Left at the end of the season
D14 CanadaRichie Laryea53111411Bought from Toronto FC in the January window
D15 EnglandMax Lowe Loan In23145412221On loan from Sheff Utd until the end of the season
D16 EnglandCarl JenkinsonOn loan to Melbourne City since January; left at the end of the season
D24 EnglandJonathan Panzo111Bought from Dijon in the January window
D24 EnglandJordi Osei-Tutu Loan In42213On loan from Arsenal until January
D25 TunisiaMohamed Dräger Loan Out1Bought from Olympiakos in the August window
D26 ScotlandScott McKenna512810132741
D27 EnglandJordan Gabriel413112Left to join Blackpool
D27 EnglandSteve Cook2014331311Bought from Bournemouth in the January window
D43 PortugalBaba Fernandes2111
D45 EnglandJayden Richardson Loan Out42221Left to join Aberdeen at the end of the season
D46 EnglandRiley Harbottle21112
D N. IrelandAaron Donnelly
D EnglandDanny Preston
D EnglandEthan Stewart
D CyprusNicholas Ioannou Loan OutOn loan to Como 1907 until end of season
D AlbaniaRezart Rama
D EnglandTyler Blackett
M8 EnglandJack Colback462771241111145
M10 PortugalJoao Carvalho8215212516Left to join Olympiakos in January
M11 DenmarkPhilip Zinckernagel Loan In50261014773372On loan from Watford until the end of the season
M18 PortugalCafú201127111723
M21 ParaguayBraian Ojeda3111211Bought from Olimpia in the August window
M22 EnglandRyan Yates51299139723
M23 EnglandJoe Lolley30138919199
M37 EnglandJames Garner Loan In4928101149651On loan from Man Utd until the end of the season
M38 EnglandTyrese Fornah Loan Out31214On loan to Shrewsbury Town until the end of the season
M41 EnglandOllie Hammond1111
M42 FranceAteef Konaté3211
M44 EnglandFin Back51413
M49 EnglandJosh Barnes Loan OutOn loan to Truro City for one month
M Rep. of Ire.Harry Arter Loan OutOn loan to Notts County until the end of the season
F7 EnglandLewis Grabban341761113213101Left at the end of season after contract expired
F9 EnglandKeinan Davis Loan In22153455164On loan from Aston Villa until the end of the season
F16 EnglandSam Surridge23154482615Bought from Stoke City in the January window
F17 EnglandAlex Mighten271089142118
F19 PortugalXande Silva10415289Bought from West Ham in the August window
F20 WalesBrennan Johnson532811141931321
F29 Cape VerdeNuno da Costa Loan Out111On loan to Caen until the end of the season
F33 MontserratLyle Taylor Loan Out196583361110On loan to Birmingham City until the end of the season
F36 N. IrelandDale Taylor1
F48 EnglandWill Swan
F SwedenJulian Larsson
F EnglandSam Sanders


Competitive goals only
Goals (Pens)PlayerGames
19 (2)Brennan Johnson53
13 (1)Lewis Grabban34
9Ryan Yates51
8Sam Surridge23
7Philip Zinckernagel50
5Keinan Davis22
4Jack Colback46
4James Garner49
3Djed Spence46
3 (1)Lyle Taylor19
3Own Goals55
2Joao Carvalho8
2Scott McKenna51
1Alex Mighten27
1Joe Worrall46
1Max Lowe23

Home and away victories for the season
Game 1 Game 2
Opponent Date H/A Score Date H/A Score
BarnsleyWed Sep 29, 2021Away3-1Tue Jan 25, 2022Home3-0
Birmingham CitySat Oct 02, 2021Away3-0Sat Apr 09, 2022Home2-0
BlackpoolSat Oct 16, 2021Home2-1Sat Apr 02, 2022Away4-1
Bristol CityTue Oct 19, 2021Away2-1Sat Feb 26, 2022Home2-0
Peterborough UnitedSat Dec 04, 2021Home2-0Sat Apr 23, 2022Away1-0
Swansea CitySat Dec 11, 2021Away4-1Sat Apr 30, 2022Home5-1

Home and away losses for the season
Game 1 Game 2
Opponent Date H/A Score Date H/A Score
BournemouthSat Aug 14, 2021Home1-2Tue May 03, 2022Away0-1
Cardiff CitySun Sep 12, 2021Home1-2Sun Jan 30, 2022Away1-2
MiddlesbroughWed Sep 15, 2021Home0-2Sun Dec 26, 2021Away0-2