It seems sooo long since we’ve played – and the reward for our patience is a trip to Oakwell on Saturday to face the challenge of the Tykes. The Reds are unbeaten in nine, but there’s been an awful lot of draws in there, our hosts have a decent home record – although their last game was at Oakwell and was a defeat at the hands of Cardiff.
Earnie is unlikely to return to the squad – still nursing his thigh injury, but there’s been no reported problems for our international trio of Bertrand, Gunter and Majewski – Raddy coming back a bit later than the others, so will require a check upon his return from a transatlantic adventure with Poland.
As for our hosts, they have internationals returning too – Trippier is back from action with Romania with no problem, Chris Wood is a late arrival like Raddy. Their only injury doubt is the spectacularly named striker Jeronimo Neumann. Trippier and Jeronimo – we can’t compete with player names like that!
Anyone who made a March trip to Oakwell last season will recall a fairly uninspiring game which the Tykes won thanks to two Bogdanovic strikes (and the hapless Kevin Friend for disallowing a late Earnie equaliser!). Bogdanovic of course has moved on, but former Reds forward Andy Gray may well feature so there’s someone to look out for.
Ultimately Barnsley are a decent team – but not on a great run, their last four games haven’t brought a win. Forest are a decent team on a mediocre run which we can tart up as unbeaten – but there’s too many draws in there. It will be fascinating to see how the two week break impacts on both these runs.. you’d like to think that Forest could get the points, but I think that most weeks!
A couple of non-preview bits worthy of mention too – commiserations to the family and friends of Eddie Baily, a former Forest player who passed away yesterday in London at the age of 85. An inside forward who won the league with Spurs in the early 50s before moving on to Forest via Port Vale. Rest in peace, fella.
And on a lighter note – those of you heading to The Approach in November to see Crossley, Robertson and Sheridan can start your night with an absolute bargain – present your ticket to the evening at The Cross Keys and you can claim two main meals or gourmet burgers for the price of one. So eat in style then watch two of the most popular ‘Evening With’ guests (and the bonus of John Sheridan!).