Junior’s a no go, but Prutts is raring to go..

The most prominent news we’ve had this week has been the untimely injury to Junior Agogo, which looks set to keep the striker out for the season.  This, of course, can only be bad news for us and him – he’d just started to show signs of what he’s capable of in a Forest shirt.  Having said that, now is the time for the likes of Grant Holt and Nathan Tyson to step up to the plate and stake their claim on a starting berth alongside the in form and mercurial Jack Lester, who has rolled back the years lately with a string of influential performances.

In better news, David Prutton is apparently reaching fitness again and should be available for our crunch clash with Bristol City at the weekend.  Of course, whether or not our own “littlest Hobo” will be able to displace the likes of Lewis McGugan, James Perch or Gary Holt remains to be seen, the midfield trio have been on decent form as well potentially leaving Prutts to be content with a place on the bench at Ashton Gate.  The fixture at Bristol has completely sold out now, we’ve sold 3,300 tickets – and the home tickets are also sold out, so it should be a decent atmosphere for those of you making the journey!

Gary Holt revealed that David Kerslake and Ian McParland have been “banging on about side foot finishing” in training, which explains his perhaps surprisingly calm finish when scoring the opening goal against Cheltenham, although he was modest enough to say “it went in, for a change!”.  The other news of note is that young ‘keeper Paddy Gamble has gone on an emergency loan to York City, who found themselves without goalkeeping cover after the transfer deadline – a great opportunity for him to gain some first team experience.

A lot of fans I’ve spoken to are deliriously excited about our crunch clash at the weekend – I’m still rather nervous about it all.  We’ve had two decent performances, and two wins – as well as a credible draw at Scunthorpe recently, my inner-pessimist who I try to keep in check can’t help but work out the numbers and not really rate our chances against a Bristol City side on very good form, and who seem to be getting a fair bit of luck with late goals.. ho hum!

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  1. I’m with you on this one nffc, cant help but feel nervous about saturday. But have faith, we have picked up just recently and the team seem to be playing with a lot more confidence. Shame about junior tho, he was looking good.
    Just goes to show what i know about football, i thought the wheels would come off without sammy… suddenly holt starts playing, and now junior…is it scot dobies time..???!

  2. Although its billed as a “Must-win”, if we end up drawing, we can still beat Millwall the week after and thats gotta be viewed as a reasonable 4 point haul from two tricky away games. Brizzle at home to Swansea that week which will be another tough test for them. Just need to make sure we don’t lose….

  3. Must agree with The Quill. Saturday’s game is not a Must Win game – a draw will keep us well in touch. Having said that, we need to go into the match with positive intentions as a win is there for the taking if we play anything like we have in the last two games.

    Just got a hunch that Nathan Tyson will be our match winner, if CC picks him of course!

  4. I wouldn’t change a winning team, although Cheltenham were so poor and made us look good on Saturday.

    I wouldn’t drop Gary Holt – he does an effective job in front of the back four and on current form deserves to keep his place. Plus he is in scoring form ;o)

    CC may have to upset someone this week. In addition to the team that started last week, we have (if fit) Tyson, Dobie, Morgan, Bennett, Prutts, Henry & Pederson.

    Not sure Dobie really offers much. Perhaps he should also have gone out on loan.

  5. Interesting (but somewhat scary) facts……

    Top Form Team overall currently – Bristol C (NFFC 4th)

    Top Form Team against top half of table opponents – Bristol C (NFFC 7th)

    Bristol have also the best record of any other team in the division when scoring first so I think that means the first goal is crutial. Having said that I’m more optimistic than I normally am about this game. I actually think we can go there and get a result.

    Lets just hope this optimism isnt misplaced!!

  6. Bristol also have the best home record in the league. Sorry guys, I se this as a must-win game. We’re running out of games, and must put pressure on Bristol. If we win, we will be at least on par in terms of goal difference, albeit a point behind. From then on all we have to do is match Brizzle in every game but one, where we need a win to their draw , or a draw to their defeat (if you see what I mean). Scunthorpe are too far clear of us, and are still not losing. We need to put everything into Saturday, and then everything into the Millwall game. Then everything into the Rotherham game, then everything into teh Brentford game…

  7. yeah. lets settle for a draw

    durrrrrrrrrr.

    Even Rotherham seem to be able to conjour up a win. Let’s hope it’s not against us too.

  8. A draw will be like a victory for Brizzle. They’d be 4 points ahead with 6 games to play and confident that they can keep in front of us. I say go all out for victory!

    There has not been much attention given to this but both our reserves and academy are top of their respective leagues. How long is it since this was the case? I think this is a very healthy picture for the club as a whole and we must have some more decent young players like McGugan coming through the ranks. Someone must be doing something right!

    So, just like Man Utd, we’re still on for the treble!!!

  9. Let’s hope that Bristol’s fairweather support, who’ve come to see the Forest, end up turning on their own, a la City Ground moaners.

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