Forest release absurd club statement; Leeds, Derby prove promotion credentials

In our newest feature ‘at the end of the day’ Stephen Pickering gives his opinion on the big Championship news stories of the day. Leeds United, Nottingham Forest, and Derby County feature.

In this Football League focused ‘at the end of the day’ Stephen Pickering takes a look at the key stories mentioned around the league in the past 24 hours...

The biggest story of the day is Nottingham Forest releasing an absurd club statement regarding their managers loss of head with a local media photographer during their 1-1 draw with Millwall yesterday.

'Nottingham Forest can confirm that due to the unprofessional conduct by a Nottingham Post photographer during the Sky Bet Championship fixture between Millwall and Nottingham Forest, club officials had reason to take the matter further.

' The issue was raised with the steward and the fourth official and then a subsequent meeting between manager Billy Davies and the senior steward took place after the match regarding the incident.

'The club are aware that the Nottingham Post was represented at the match by Paul Taylor and photographer Dan Westwell.'

The treatment of the local media in the past few months has been nothing short of shocking, as they introduced a 'loose' media blackout on the newspapers privileges on the club back in the summer.

I was personally mortified (okay, a bit strong but you get the point) to hear this news back in the summer and it was implemented due to articles that were considered 'negative' by the clubs hierarchy.

A newspaper and any other local media involved with the club is to cater for the fans, not to act as a nodding dog for the club it reports on.

The latest altercation between the club and the media is another straw on the camel's back. How on earth you can make such a fuss over a bloke taking pictures for his job, is anyone's guess.

My advice would be to get a grip, get your head down and pull yourself out of the rut.


Elsewhere there were good wins for both Leeds United and Derby County as both sides carried on their assault up the league.

Leeds put themselves above Nottingham Forest in the standings and within touching distance of the play-offs. Whilst Derby put themselves in the top 4 after recording 4 straight wins on the bounce. I think both sides could end up in the play-off picture at the end of the season for very different reasons.

Leeds United have a good set-up currently with manager Brian McDermott using his know-how of the division, and looks to have finally found the trigger to unleash Ross McCormacks potential upon the league.

Derby County have fine tuned their defence and bulked their squad up since the arrival of Steve McClaren and it seems to be paying off  - only dropping points to QPR and Birmingham in their last 8 games. A team that scores that amount of goals will always have a good chance of being promoted at the end of the season, so could be one to watch.

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