Radi Majewski admits that one of his biggest Nottingham Forest regrets is not helping the club win promotion in 2009/10.
Forest enjoyed an excellent Championship campaign under Billy Davies in 2009/10, and narrowly missed out on automatic promotion to the Premier League.
The Reds finished third in the Championship, eventually finishing 11 points behind second-placed West Bromwich Albion despite pushing the Baggies all the way for large parts of the season.
In fact, it was Majewski who scored a fabulous goal in a 3-1 win over Albion at the Hawthorns in January – a win which saw them leapfrog the Baggies into second place.
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Forest were to finish in the play-offs, though, before losing to eventual winners Blackpool over two legs across two semi-finals.
Speaking to the Athletic, Majewski reflected on that season under Davies, saying: “In the first two seasons, we did very, very well. We nearly got promotion. We should have won promotion. That is my only regret. We did not go up when we should have done.
“We had the team that was good enough to do it, we had the players who were good enough. We had the character to do it. We all got on; we were all together in the squad — which is so important. But unfortunately, we could not get it done.
“I remember beating West Brom and we looked to be in position to do it. If felt as though we would be promoted. But then something changed. We fell down when it mattered most. We were sure it was going to be our season. We believed it.”
Forest were an excellent team to watch that season and it was probably their best real chance of going up automatically in a long time.
They were far too inconsistent in the second half of the season and seemed to win one week, lose the next, and you can’t afford to do that in the hunt for automatic promotion.
Majewski was an excellent player for Forest and scored a number of superb individual goals for the Reds, and he continues to be a popular figure amongst fans.
He may not have helped Forest win promotion, but he was still a fantastic servant to the club and one of their best midfielders in recent years.