SEASON: 2021-22

Prev Season: 2020-21
This Season: 2021-22
Next Season: 2022-23
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.


CHAMPIONSHIP (Tier 2) - 2021-22
Pos Team P W D L F A W D L F A W D L F A GD Pts ResultHomeAway
3Huddersfield Town46231310644713643523107629241782Playoff Final0-12-0
4Nottingham Forest46231112734013464322107630183380Promoted via the playoffs
5Sheffield United4621121363451355381587825301875Playoffs1-11-1
6Luton Town462112136355127437229592633875Playoffs0-00-1
8Blackburn Rovers4619121559501256362677923249691-22-0
10West Bromwich Albion46181315524512833316651219297674-00-0
11Queens Park Rangers4619918605910673025931130341663-11-1
12Coventry City4617131660591058322678828331642-01-2
13Preston North End4616161452569104332876101928-4643-00-0
14Stoke City46171118575210583023761027295622-20-1
15Swansea City461613175868986302775112841-10615-14-1
17Bristol City461510216277887332972142948-15552-02-1
18Cardiff City461582350687412222984112839-18531-21-2
19Hull City461492341547412222875111926-13512-11-1
20Birmingham City4611142150757610273348112342-25472-03-0
22Peterborough United469102743876710273333171654-4437Relegated2-01-0
23Derby County4614131945531175302236141531-834*Relegated2-11-1
*Reading deducted 6 points
*Derby County deducted a total of 21 points

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)
47 4-------
511 531-2333 Stoke City (0-1), Queens Park Rangers (3-1), Luton Town (0-1)
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:
3   (Jordan Gabriel, Jack Colback, Brice Samba)
Own goals (for):
3   (scored by opponents for us)
Own goals (against):
2   (scored by us for opponents)   (Djed Spence, Ryan Yates)
Penalties scored:
Penalties conceded:
Penalties missed:
Penalties saved:

Manager: Chris Hughton
1Sun Aug 08, 2021Coventry CityA1-220,84320Taylor (36')
2Sat Aug 14, 2021BournemouthH1-225,03523McKenna (48')
3Wed Aug 18, 2021Blackburn RoversH1-223,96423Zinckernagel (69')
4Sat Aug 21, 2021Stoke CityA0-121,34624
5Sat Aug 28, 2021Derby CountyA1-122,99124Johnson (82')
6Sun Sep 12, 2021Cardiff CityH1-224,15324Grabban (23')
7Wed Sep 15, 2021MiddlesbroughH0-223,83024
Manager: Steven Reid
8Sat Sep 18, 2021Huddersfield TownA2-017,46224Grabban (22'), Lee Nicholls (48' OG)
Manager: Steve Cooper
9Sat Sep 25, 2021MillwallH1-125,58922Lowe (52')
10Wed Sep 29, 2021BarnsleyA3-113,65720Zinckernagel (61'), Johnson (68'), Grabban (81')
11Sat Oct 02, 2021Birmingham CityA3-015,14817Grabban (11'), Yates (29'), Spence (53')
12Sat Oct 16, 2021BlackpoolH2-127,94616Johnson (22'), Grabban (61')
13Tue Oct 19, 2021Bristol CityA2-118,32512Taylor (90' pen, 90+1')
14Sun Oct 24, 2021FulhamH0-427,47015
15Fri Oct 29, 2021Queens Park RangersA1-115,08915Colback (90+1')
16Tue Nov 02, 2021Sheffield UnitedH1-125,23816Grabban (83')
17Sat Nov 06, 2021Preston North EndH3-027,12913Grabban (32', 70'), Colback (41')
18Sat Nov 20, 2021ReadingA1-114,90713Zinckernagel (4')
19Tue Nov 23, 2021Luton TownH0-025,71512
20Fri Nov 26, 2021West Bromwich AlbionA0-022,42413
21Sat Dec 04, 2021Peterborough UnitedH2-028,30813Garner (72'), Yates (84')
22Sat Dec 11, 2021Swansea CityA4-117,6598Zinckernagel (48'), Grabban (50'), Johnson (68'), Cafú (90')
23Sat Dec 18, 2021Hull CityH2-126,5137Grabban (55' pen), Johnson (72')
24Sun Dec 26, 2021MiddlesbroughA0-229,8329
25Thu Dec 30, 2021Huddersfield TownH0-127,1599
26Sat Jan 15, 2022MillwallA1-013,2979Grabban (90+2')
27Sat Jan 22, 2022Derby CountyH2-129,2568Grabban (48'), Johnson (82')
28Tue Jan 25, 2022BarnsleyH3-027,5047Davis (15'), Yates (38'), Johnson (75')
29Sun Jan 30, 2022Cardiff CityA1-218,8668Davis (90+2')
30Wed Feb 09, 2022Blackburn RoversA2-013,8696Garner (22'), Johnson (90' pen)
31Sat Feb 12, 2022Stoke CityH2-228,9907Johnson (56'), Yates (90+2')
32Tue Feb 22, 2022Preston North EndA0-012,5989
33Sat Feb 26, 2022Bristol CityH2-028,5069Johnson (38'), Garner (55')
34Fri Mar 04, 2022Sheffield UnitedA1-128,8418Yates (90+4')
35Sat Mar 12, 2022ReadingH4-028,1829Davis (1', 62'), Yates (75'), Surridge (80')
36Wed Mar 16, 2022Queens Park RangersH3-127,8728Spence (55'), Yates (83'), Johnson (87')Safe
37Sat Apr 02, 2022BlackpoolA4-113,9867Zinckernagel (11'), Johnson (30', 36'), Surridge (82')Safe
38Wed Apr 06, 2022Coventry CityH2-028,9775Johnson (25'), Garner (61')Safe
39Sat Apr 09, 2022Birmingham CityH2-029,2933Davis (5'), McKenna (79')Safe
40Fri Apr 15, 2022Luton TownA0-110,0705Safe
41Mon Apr 18, 2022West Bromwich AlbionH4-028,9265Johnson (19' pen), Yates (23'), Colback (45'), Surridge (90')Safe
42Sat Apr 23, 2022Peterborough UnitedA1-012,8174Surridge (45')Safe
43Tue Apr 26, 2022FulhamA1-019,2183Zinckernagel (15')Safe
44Sat Apr 30, 2022Swansea CityH5-128,6593Christie (22' OG), Surridge (48', 53', 69'), Mighten (84')Safe
45Tue May 03, 2022BournemouthA0-110,5633Safe
46Sat May 07, 2022Hull CityA1-118,3494Johnson (90+2')Safe

Manager: Steve Cooper
Sat May 14, 2022Sheffield UnitedSemi1A2-130,225Colback (10'), Johnson (71')
Tue May 17, 2022Sheffield UnitedSemi2H1-229,015Johnson (19')
Sun May 29, 2022Huddersfield TownFinalN1-080,019Levi Colwill (43' OG)

FA Cup
Manager: Steve Cooper
Sun Jan 09, 2022Arsenal3H1-024,938Grabban (83')
Sun Feb 06, 2022Leicester City4H4-128,762Zinckernagel (23'), Johnson (24'), Worrall (32'), Spence (61')
Mon Mar 07, 2022Huddersfield Town5H2-127,417Surridge (29'), Yates (37')
Sun Mar 20, 2022LiverpoolQuarterH0-128,584

League Cup
Manager: Chris Hughton
Wed Aug 11, 2021Bradford City1H2-19,514Carvalho (39', 41')
Tue Aug 24, 2021Wolverhampton Wanderers2H0-410,769

Pre-Season Friendly
Manager: Chris Hughton
Sat Jul 10, 2021Alfreton TownEnglandA2-1805Johnson (18'), Swan (88')
Sat Jul 17, 2021Port ValeEnglandA2-00Mighten (13'), Colback (24')
Tue Jul 20, 2021Northampton TownEnglandA2-02,526Taylor (48'), Cafú (61')
Sat Jul 24, 2021Crewe AlexandraEnglandA2-21,813Johnson (30', 58')
Wed Jul 28, 2021Aston VillaEnglandA--
Sat Jul 31, 2021BurnleyEnglandH--

Transfers before, during and immediately after the season.
In (17) - £3,100,000 Out (27) - £0
Date Player Details Fee Date Player Details Fee
Baba FernandesBoughtJan 23, 2021Jordan WrightSold
Jul 05, 2021Lewis SalmonBoughtJun 25, 2021George ShelveyLoan Out
Jul 13, 2021Ethan HorvathBoughtJul 04, 2021Nicholas IoannouLoan Out
Aug 07, 2021Philip ZinckernagelLoan InAug 16, 2021Fouad BachirouSold
Aug 10, 2021Jordi Osei-TutuLoan InAug 17, 2021Josh BarnesLoan Out
Aug 22, 2021James GarnerLoan InAug 31, 2021Harry ArterLoan Out
Aug 27, 2021Max LoweLoan InAug 31, 2021Jordan GabrielSold
Aug 31, 2021Braian OjedaBoughtAug 31, 2021Nuno Da CostaLoan Out
Aug 31, 2021Djed SpenceLoan InOct 05, 2021Jordan WrightLoan Out
Aug 31, 2021Mohamed DrägerBoughtDec 07, 2021Jayden RichardsonLoan Out
Aug 31, 2021Xande SilvaBoughtJan 23, 2022Joao CarvalhoSold
Sep 02, 2021Rodrigo ElyBoughtJan 27, 2022Lyle TaylorLoan Out
Jan 01, 2022Keinan DavisLoan InJan 31, 2022Carl JenkinsonLoan Out
Jan 04, 2022Steve CookBoughtJan 31, 2022Rodrigo ElyReleased
Jan 08, 2022Richie LaryeaBought£900,000Jan 31, 2022Tyrese FornahLoan Out
Jan 31, 2022Jonathan PanzoBoughtFeb 02, 2022Mohamed DrägerLoan Out
Jan 31, 2022Sam SurridgeBought£2,200,000Mar 15, 2022Harry ArterLoan Out
Mar 24, 2022Lewis SalmonLoan Out
May 19, 2022Rezart RamaSold
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

*Age = Player age on August 1stSeason Record (Competitive Games only)
Pos Num Player Country Age* P W D L Goals Yellows Reds Went Off Came On Unused Sub Notes
GK1 Ethan Horvath USA2611623144Bought on free transfer at beginning of season
GK12 Jordan Smith England265
GK30 Brice Samba Congo2745249126115Left to join Lens at the end of the season
GK47 Jordan Wright England22Left to join Lincoln City in January
D2 Djed Spence
Loan In
England2046281083621On loan from Middlesbrough until the end of the season
D3 Tobias Figueiredo Portugal2727137757426Left at the end of the season
D4 Joe Worrall England24462611919
D5 Rodrigo Ely Brazil27Released by mutual consent
D6 Loïc Mbe Soh France202215
D13 Gaëtan Bong Cameroon337142318Left at the end of the season
D14 Richie Laryea Canada2653111411Bought from Toronto FC in the January window
D15 Max Lowe
Loan In
England2423145412221On loan from Sheff Utd until the end of the season
D16 Carl Jenkinson England29On loan to Melbourne City since January; left at the end of the season
D24 Jonathan Panzo England20111Bought from Dijon in the January window
D24 Jordi Osei-Tutu
Loan In
England2242213On loan from Arsenal until January
D25 Mohamed Dräger
Loan Out
Tunisia251Bought from Olympiakos in the August window
D26 Scott McKenna Scotland24512810132741
D27 Jordan Gabriel England22413112Left to join Blackpool
D27 Steve Cook England302014331311Bought from Bournemouth in the January window
D43 Baba Fernandes Portugal212111
D45 Jayden Richardson
Loan Out
England2042221Left to join Aberdeen at the end of the season
D46 Riley Harbottle England2021112
D Nicholas Ioannou
Loan Out
Cyprus25On loan to Como 1907 until end of season
D Tyler Blackett England27
M8 Jack Colback England31462771241111145
M10 Joao Carvalho Portugal248215212516Left to join Olympiakos in January
M11 Philip Zinckernagel
Loan In
Denmark2650261014773372On loan from Watford until the end of the season
M18 Cafú Portugal28201127111723
M21 Braian Ojeda Paraguay213111211Bought from Olimpia in the August window
M22 Ryan Yates England2351299139723
M23 Joe Lolley England2830138919199
M37 James Garner
Loan In
England204928101149651On loan from Man Utd until the end of the season
M38 Tyrese Fornah
Loan Out
England2131214On loan to Shrewsbury Town until the end of the season
M42 Ateef Konaté France203211
M44 Fin Back England1851413
M49 Josh Barnes
Loan Out
England20On loan to Truro City for one month
F7 Lewis Grabban England33341761113213101Left at the end of season after contract expired
F9 Keinan Davis
Loan In
England2322153455164On loan from Aston Villa until the end of the season
F16 Sam Surridge England2323154482615Bought from Stoke City in the January window
F17 Alex Mighten England19271089142118
F19 Xande Silva Portugal2410415289Bought from West Ham in the August window
F20 Brennan Johnson Wales20532811141931321
F29 Nuno da Costa
Loan Out
Cape Verde30111On loan to Caen until the end of the season
F33 Lyle Taylor
Loan Out
Montserrat31196583361110On loan to Birmingham City until the end of the season
F36 Dale Taylor N. Ireland171
F48 Will Swan England20


Number of different scorers: 15
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