There were a lot of words springing to mind after the performance of Henri Lansbury against Newcastle United last Friday.
However, I don’t seem to recall ‘excellent professional’ and ‘great role model’ featuring too highly.
Obviously, as Newcastle fans we are biased, though Philippe Montanier is in a similar position.
Nevertheless, the Forest boss is clearly going out of his way to make a point after everything that has happened and been said in these last seven days.
Whilst acknowledging he is one of their better players, even Forest fans don’t appear to universally like their midfielder, with even suggestions from some that he will bottle the visit to St James Park in three weeks time and deliberately time a 10th booking (he got his 9th v Newcastle) to miss the return.
The findings of The FA disciplinary panel were that they cleared Paul Dummett and Jonjo Shelvey, saying they had been wrongly sent off on Friday night at the City Ground.
Naturally that means referee Steve Martin was seriously at fault on both occasions and appears to be being punished with no game awarded to him this weekend.
It also surely points the finger of blame at excellent professional/role model Henri Lansbury, as his behaviour conned the simple-minded Steve Martin into awarding penalties and sending off the two Newcastle players.
Philippe Montanier speaking after Henri Lansbury was named November’s Championship Player of the Month:
“I am delighted for Henri as his mentality on the training pitch and in matches is fantastic.
“He is one of many captains that we have and he has led by example; hopefully this good form can continue for the rest of the season.
“He is an excellent professional, providing great leadership on the pitch but also in the dressing room as he is a great role model for the younger players coming through at the club.”