ANDY MORRISON tapped me on the shoulder as he went for his half-time cuppa.
"We've got a system, Mel, and it's looking quite good," said the coach whose Worcester City team face Town in the FA Cup on Sunday.
"The only problem is, we'll need 14 players to cope with this lot!"
He was referring to the excellence of Town's imperious first half display, which put the skids under cynical Forest with memorable goals from Danny Schofield and Andy Booth.
As he left the ground at the end, however, Morrison smiled and quipped: "Maybe we'll just field nine or 10, we might be okay."
The comment reflected how Town - stung by Jack Lester's breakaway strike just 18 seconds after the re-start - found it less comfortable in the second half despite the dismissals of Forest's Ian Breckin and Lester in what became an ill-tempered affair.
Having said that, Forest managed only two efforts on target in the whole game while Town - with Mark Hudson and Chris Brandon back to spark midfield - could have wrapped it up in style with a little more composure at vital times.
They still finished the match joint top of the table and five points clear of the nearest challengers.
Town also now have the best home record in the three Coca-Cola divisions apart from Reading and Sheffield United, who are going head-to-head for the Championship title.
It's an impressive statistic and one which has to make Peter Jackson a hot contender for the November Manager of the Month award.
More importantly, it keeps Town powering along as they approach their televised trip to St George's Lane and two long-haul League adventures to MK Dons and Bristol City, who are both in the bottom six.
If Town keep playing like they did on Saturday, especially in the first half, they should have no problems keeping tabs on leaders Swansea, even though the Welsh club's next two games are at home to Scunthorpe and Colchester.
Town, after an uneasy start in which Wes Morgan and Nicky Southall sent headers uncomfortably close for the visitors, produced their best football of the season to take command in such fluent, aggressive and attractive style that Forest's travelling contingent of 3,232 fans booed their team off at the break.
Despite switching formation from 3-5-2 to 4-4-2 as early as the 31st minute with defender Morgan being `sacrificed' for striker Lester, Forest were comprehensively outplayed by Town's red-hot young guns.
Chris Brandon served notice of what was to come when his header from a Nathan Clarke cross was touched over the bar by Paul Gerrard while, from the resulting corner, the impressive Mark Hudson flashed a volley just wide.
The quality of Town's goals, however, set the seal on a victory which avenged their opening-day defeat at the City Ground.
The first, on 21 minutes, came after skipper Jon Worthington - who was responding to some late and clearly illegal Forest challenging - won a crunching tackle which enabled Danny Adams to play a searching pass to Schofield down the left.
Town's skilful attacker was faced with keeper Gerrard racing from the box, but a brilliant first touch gave him a couple of yards' advantage and he scored with a magnificent lob from fully 30 yards out.
Less than five minutes later Town were two ahead thanks to highly polished approach play prompted by Andy Holdsworth down the right and a fantastic turn and run by Brandon which unhinged the visitors defence.
Two red shirts and Gerrard were unable to deal which his fierce low cross to the near post and, as the ball cannoned up in the air, Booth was on hand to nod the 118th and easiest goal of his Galpharm career.
At that point, Forest were in complete disarray and, had Schofield added a third instead of hitting the post from a flowing multi-pass move only three minutes later, the floodgates would probably have opened.
It was inspiring stuff from Town, with Worthington and Hudson controlling midfield and the full-backs linking gloriously with Brandon and Schofield down the flanks.
Add to that the strong centre-back play of Clarke and David Mirfin and the aerial dominance of Andy Booth - who linked well with the industrious Gary Taylor-Fletcher - and it was an intoxicating cocktail of all that's so likeable about Jackson's confident side.
Even in the second half Town had all the best chances and the only disappointment was that they didn't win by more.
Man of the Match: Danny Schofield
His trickery was a big feature throughout.
Scored, hit the post and involved in many of the best moves, he maintained his threat as Town chalked up the best home record in League I.
While Andy Booth's eighth goal of the season was the clincher, it was Danny Schofield's opener which laid the foundation for Town's best football of the season in the first half. Up to that point, Forest had looked like settling with a couple of half chances, but Schofield's goal sent them into disarray and Town took command
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How they rated:
Paul Rachubka Fortunate not to receive a bad injury from Lester going in late, he looked assured and made a fine save from Taylor. Rating: 7/10
Andy Holdsworth In excellent form down the right as Town pushed on, he had three stitches in a leg wound after Lester's dismissal Rating: 7/10
Danny Adams A ready outlet for the midfield, he played a long through ball for Schofield's opener and used the ball well all day Rating: 7/10
David Mirfin Complained of being fouled when Lester scored a soft goal, but generally quick, solid and very dominant Rating: 7/10
Nathan Clarke Again looking in super form, he didn't give Taylor or Tyson much of a look-in. Could have scored in a scramble Rating: 7/10
Danny Schofield Sublime first touch for his goal and unlucky not to score from the best move of the match, he was in excellent form Rating: 8/10
Jon Worthington The driving force for Town's best play in the first half, he was not so influential in the second but still worked hard Rating: 7/10
Mark Hudson Another who was better first half than second, he produced some storming forward bursts and linked play excellently at times Rating: 7/10
Chris Brandon Brilliant turn and cross for Booth's clinching goal, he had the Forest defence on edge for most of the match Rating: 7/10
Andy Booth Scored his eighth of the season and magnificent in the air at both ends. Close to adding on a couple of occasions Rating: 7/10
Gary T-Fletcher Linked excellently with Booth at times and showed his value when running at the Forest back line. Plenty of graft Rating: 7/10
Spotlight on the ref:
Mike Dean made a bad mistake when not sending off substitute Jack Lester in the first half for a late, high challenge on keeper Paul Rachubka. Also missed early pushes and two-footed challenges. Rightly sent off both Breckin and Lester and played a fine advantage before Breckin hauled down Taylor-Fletcher
Nottingham Forest: Gerrard; Eaden (Holt 74), Morgan (Lester 31), Breckin, Cullip, Curtis; Southall, Thompson, Perch (Bastians 52); Taylor, Tyson. Subs not used: Gardner, Pederson.