Andy as we'd like to remember him best, in the red of Charlton
Tomorrow sees Andy Reid return to once more grace The Valley turf. That's worth the entrance fee alone. His absence for a large part of our relegation season along with that of Darren Bent were a large part of the reason for our downfall. I was very sorry to see him go. Years later he remains a class act as his goal last Saturday clearly demonstrates.
Following our win over Leicester on Tuesday I said I expected that Forest would come and play attacking football. One person commented that given Forest's 6 goals against Huddersfield on the same night that this was a fair assumption. Fair comment and made me smile, however, I was wondering whether they would adopt such an attacking approach away from home. I know that under Sean O'Drsicoll this would have been the case but Davies has yet to oversee an away game in his latest spell in charge and that remains unclear.
Given the players at his disposal it's difficult to envisage Davies being negative. In addition to Reid, Radoslaw Majewski is another skillful player who should be a joy to watch. He bagged a hat-trick against Huddersfield and so comes full of confidence which I believe is fundamental to his game.
We will need to nullify their midfield and are capable of doing so. We'll need to stifle the creativity which could be achieved by closing down quickly and giving them little room.
Billy Davies as stated above has returned to Forest. Not so long ago he could have been sitting in the home dugout but that never materialised. One assumes that Billy will be able to find his way to S.E. 7 tomorrow and keep this particular appointment.
The Forest owners have hardly endeared themselves to the fans. Sacking Sean O'Discroll was crass in the extreme, this was followed up by appointing Alex McLeish and then declaring that potential signing George Boyd had an eyesight problem ! Not many Championship defences let alone opticians agree with that ! Fortunately Boyd has now joined up with Hull and so we won't face him on Tuesday week !
The appointment of Davies is the one sensible decision the owners have made as Forest seems to bring the best out of him and he out of Forest.
Our 2-1 win over Leicester was a terrific performance with 2 quality goals from us. Very few saw that coming. The lads should approach tomorrow's game with increased confidence as a result. I'm optimistic of a really good game, let's hope I'm right.
I trust that Fuller will be restored to the team. He is a truly class player and probably best used by playing once a week. In any case we should look to go 4-4-2 at home. Yann really ought to retain his place. Danny Haynes will probably feel he deserves a start and it's hard to argue against that other than he does seem to do best when he comes off the bench when he can use his pace to exploit a tiring defence.
The return of Wiggins is tempered by the fact that it's at the expense of Evina. Ceddy has been superb since getting a run in the team. Had he been selected earlier in the season he would have finished the season playing in about 75% of the games.
Plenty to look forward to tomorrow then with some good players on both sides that hopefully bring some good football in return.We need to be positive throughout, concentrate throughout and make good use of the subs.......throughout. If we do that then we give ourselves a splendid opportunity of taking the 3 points.
Come On You Reds !