Norwich City vs. Forest preview..

Whilst a win against Burnley has restored some faith and confidence, Norwich is probably high on the least preferable places for us to be on Friday night.  I’m not being mean about the place, of course – a lovely city, miles away and shunted from its’ more convenient weekend slot for the benefit of Sky TV cameras.  More that Norwich have had a fantastic season and they’ll be bloody tough for us to get anything out of!

A defeat at Swansea followed by a draw with Watford has seen the Canaries drop from the automatic promotion spot they were inhabiting at the expense of Cardiff City.  They’ll be very keen to halt this blip in form and renew their assault on the top two – or, could it be that like other sides that have ascended to beneath QPR this season they are on the beginning of a tricky run of results that might see their promotion bid wane?  We can but hope so, I suppose.

For us there needs to be more evidence from the team of any kind of revival, a not-exactly-easy win over Burnley who contested most of the game with ten men doesn’t exactly paper of the cracks of the previous nine games without a victory.  Our last three away games have all ended in defeat.  A win for Norwich would put them back second, at least for a day, a win for us would see us catch Leeds – again, for one day only potentially – a draw would put us ahead of the Yorkshire team thanks to our goal difference.

Former Forest striker (or right winger, in his latter time with us – SIGH) Grant Holt is an injury doubt for the Canaries having picked up a hamstring injury.  He’s been somewhat of a talisman for them, and is their club captain too – whilst I wouldn’t wish injury on anyone, it would be useful for us if he’s either not fully fit or unavailable.  He’s having a cracking season on the goalscoring front, and I’m sure would like nothing better than to put the ball past us!

The Reds are without Chris Cohen for the final game of his suspension – with McKenna and Moussi getting back into their stride that’s not so much of an emergency now, I would expect to see Konchesky remain at left back – I’ve heard no news over Joel Lynch’s injury, nor the injury that kept Nathan Tyson out against Burnley.  Billy has been busy hinting over Robbie Findley’s return to training – I imagine a starting berth is too soon, but he may make the bench.

Whether the late brace from David McGoldrick coming on as a substitute warrants a starting place remains to be seen, Billy might also choose Boyd over other striking options – Boyd was ready to enter the pitch on Tuesday when a cramp for Moloney meant Gunter coming on instead.  I’d expect to see Gunter return to the side also – and hopefully Robbie Earnshaw can feature and prove deadly against his old club.

So how’s this one going to go?  It’s a tough ask to get anything out of Carrow Road – we’ve yet to score more than two goals away from home – and have been worrying at defending, although I do ascribe this to the lightweightedness of our midfield with Cohen, Moussi and McKenna having been missing – with two of those in contention I would hope that we will put up a more credible defence.

We’ve already drawn more games than any side in the Championship this season, but I’d be happy to chalk up another one tomorrow evening – a win would make me ecstatic.  Hopefully we can take a leaf from Swansea’s book – although we don’t really have the personnel to replicate their attacking focus which tends to be from the wings.  I do have a sneaky optimistic hope that we might exacerbate a bit of a blip for the Norwich, but that does seem to grate with my more rational thinking!

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  1. I’m cautiously optimistic about this one. I have no idea why though, I just get the feeling it could be one of those nights where luck is on our side.

  2. Grant Holt is out with (verbal) Diaorreha.

  3. I’m afraid I do share the optimism, no idea why though. I think Holt’ll be fit (it seems saying someone’s a doubt is like putting their name on the team sheet these days) and Lansbury has been phenomenal all season. I hope the faith isn’t misplaced and we can build a play-off win from the Burnley result.

  4. I really can’t see us getting anything out of this one, but I hope I’m wrong! YOU REDS!

  5. This one is a certain 3 points – for Norwich, I’m afraid. Actually, since Sky TV are there I wouldn’t be surprised to see us lose heavily and Norwich get 4 points!
    It’s a shame for Grant that he looks like he won’t be fit, but I can’t help being happy he can’t play – he would be sure to score against us. He’s certainly proved he can score at this level, and we could have done with his goals this term!
    Our only ray of light is that Norwich’s attack is depleted, both in strikers and wingers. So if we do get a chance to take the lead we may be able to unsettle them. But I think they will score first and that will unsettle us instead.

  6. I agree a point would be good from this game but norwich’s weakness is their defence so lets get at them. i think there will be goals in this one, like swansea v forest.

    lets put a bit of pressure on DIRTY LEEDS!

  7. We should not go into this game, thinking we only need a draw. That could prove costly, just like what happened to Preston against Reading.
    We have to WIN this game, and look forward to the next. “Nothing” less than a win would do for us. We desparately need 3 points to secure ourselves in the top 6 (unless if Watford come away with nothing on Saturday), and then focus on mounting a late push for 2nd place. As, I’ve said, if Palace – with only 1 away win in the league – managed to do it, why can’t Forest? We’ve beaten Cardiff away when they were in great form and we were drawing umpteen no. of matches, time and time again. We’ve beaten WBA away, last season to throw them outta the race for 2nd (but, of course, in the end we all know what happened).

    We have the quality of players to pull this off. We can beat anyone on our day, be it home or away, day or night. I really hope Billy has a plan to WIN this game, though because this is “do or die”. The defence has to be solid and watertight. Key players like Holt, Vokes, Jackson, Hoolahan, Martin, etc. need to be watched carefully and if needed, marked tightiy. They shouldn’t be given an inch of space, at any cost. Camp needs to play the game of his life, and make every save possible. The midfielders have to be creative and on top of their game. McGugan has to find that long-range goalscoring touch again, and create umpteen no. of chances for the strikers, who have to take every one of them, even half-chances. The strikers need to be quick and pounce on every chance or half-chance possible (watch the Chelsea 0-1 Liverpool game for better ideas). And most of all, we need to get a huge no. of Forest fans down to Norwich, because they need our support, more than we need a result from them.

    Besides, we’ve had our share of bad luck for 9 games, NINE games, I tell you! Now, it’s time things start turning in our favour, and the others have their share of misfortune.

    So, I’m hoping, in fact praying, for a 0-1 or 0-2 win for the Reds!
    COME ON YOU REDS, WIN THIS FOR COHEN!!

  8. I think norwich will be docked points for extortion. Have you seen the away ticket prices???? Scandalous!

  9. Norwich have been a consistent side and Holt there key figure you have to give him credit.We have to go there in positive mood and match them and compete for everything its cup final time.

    The same approach as Leeds without the diving IN ?
    and im convinced we can get something from them .Lewis can hurt teams and our strikers are all fit I hope tyson is back as we need pace to hurt them .

    Lets go for it we have nothing to lose ……

    U reds

  10. BD said on radio that Tys tweaked his back during training, but IF he’s fit I would like to see a midfield of
    Tys, Moose, Radi and Garath and really get at them. Let Lewis play up front with Boyd or Tudgay.
    Options with McKenna and Earnie.
    Attack attack attack!

    Husky, its criminal mate, the ticket prices. How the feck do they sell 25k season tickets at those prices?!

  11. On the subject of ticket prices, Forest are just as bad. I don’t have a season ticket and they want £32 for adults for Leicester at home next week. It’s Easter weekend and that game is live on Sky too. There is not even the usual discount for buying tickets in advance.

  12. Makes me worry, but I’d be a fool if I said I hadn’t seen that one coming…

    http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11688_6873096,00.html

    • Nah, I don’t think Billy’s stupid enough to sell his own 1st choice goalkeeper to a team who already have a very much experienced goalkeeper in their squad.

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