Friday 31 August 2012

The Mist Rolling In From The Trent....

see I told you.

Tomorrow we're away at the City Ground for probably our toughest test to date. Birmingham haven't proved to be good as one thought they might and a workmanlike performance against Leicester was enough to secure the three points. Hull were effective but lacked any penetrating edge.

Forest will give us a good examination with their passing and movement led in the most part by the excellent Andy Reid. Reid is still only 30 years old. When we were relegated from the Prem I felt that his long term absence and that of Darren Bent were major contributing factors. Had they both been available throughout I do think we might have survived.

Reid is very influential in the current side and makes and scores goals. In addition, he takes nearly all the set pieces. Andy scored a great goal against Bolton last week.

Forest's new owners looked at one time as though they were going to appoint a marquee manager but ultimately and sensibly opted for Sean O'Driscoll. O'Driscoll was previously part of the Forest coaching set during Steve Cotterell's tenure. He returned to the City Ground from Crawley having not actually been in charge of a competitive game for them.

O'Driscoll's team is a work in progress but one which is taking shape and I'm sure the Forest faithful will like what they've seen to date. 

Forest lost to a good Wigan side in the league cup on Tuesday. The defence looked susceptible from crosses but given we're likely to play without any natural wide players this isn't an area we're likely to exploit.

One time Charlton player and long throw merchant, Greg Halford, will also be on show tomorrow. Hopefully Rhoys will be able to get forward at some stage to attack him down the left. 

All four corners of the ground tomorrow will be resounding to a familiar tune of course with the mist rolling in from either the Trent or the Thames.

I'm assuming that we'll have the same starting eleven as last Saturday. Taylor is out of course and so our French Connection No.2 will be on the bench.

Sir Chris hasn't explained why no subs were used last week but it's to be hoped that he'll make good use of them tomorrow should they be needed. I'd like to see Fuller on the bench. Match fit or not he can offer something for 15 to 20 minutes at least.

As with the previous away game I'd be happy with something from this match. I hope the travelling Addicks are rewarded with a good game and performance from our boys.

Come On You Reds !


  1. A very well informed preview with no bias. How refreshing from an opposition fan.

    NFFC fan

  2. I agree.
    another Forest Fan
    Come on you reds....

  3. Fair preview... of course we'll be the reds tomorrow..

  4. Good preview... agree Re Reid... wish he was ours.

    CAFC Fan

  5. I spent many an evening at the Valley when I lived in SE18 during the 90's. my 2nd team and I wish you well this season. Pride of S London etc... Still hope we turn you over by the odd goal tomorrow. Mist Rolling in...
    NFFC fan