Forest vs. Scunthorpe United preview..

So here we go, as the season draws to a close the Reds are unfeasibly still in contention for a play-off position.  Currently we sit in sixth place, our fate is our own – and we must contemplate the visit of almost-certainly-relegated-but-with-a-ridiculously-small-chance-of-survival Scunthorpe United.  You’ll remember them, they were the team we lost one of our ‘easy’ games in hand against!

A win against the Iron would give us three welcome wins on the bounce, and depending on how results go elsewhere it could actually see us secure a place in the top six.  Leeds vs Burnley is the early kick-off, where a draw would probably be best, a Leeds win at a push, whilst Millwall host Swansea – I think on balance a Swansea win would be best.

As noted before, with two games left to play Scunthorpe are six points adrift of safety, and with a ludicrously poor goal difference compared to Donny who are currently sitting fourth from bottom.  Whilst there’s no condemning ‘R’ next to them on the league table, in reality, they are already down – technically they have nothing to play for, much like our next opponents Palace won’t have next weekend.

Forest decided to enhance ticket sales for this last game by slashing prices, and it seems to have done the trick if tales of ticket sales are true.  So hopefully a big crowd will get behind the lads and cheer them on to victory.  It seems unlikely that too many fans from Scunny will make the trip, which is understandable given their circumstances.

Tys remains a doubt with his thigh strain, whilst we remain without longer term injuries for the likes of Anderson, Blackstock, Lynch and Wilson.  This is the last game in which Paul Konchesky is eligible to play for the Reds – so hopefully Lynchy can get himself sorted in time for next week (I don’t want to mention the p-word again just yet!).

Scunny will be without a familiar face to us – Joe Garner’s done well for them during his loan spell.  He’s notched six goals for the strugglers at Glanford Park.  They also have doubts surrounding Josh Wright, Andy Hughes and Matt Godden.  Reading their website, their manager seems pretty defeatist, which could of course lead to a team playing without fear or pressure.

We’ve picked up three wins and two defeats in our last five games – whilst Scunny have two wins, a draw and two defeats.  That said, one of those wins was a rather eye-catching 4-1 victory over champions-elect QPR (having just been tonked 6-0 by Norwich too!).  Scunny of course have had the better of us already this season, triumphing 1-0 at Glanford Park in February despite the Reds creating and spurning a myriad of chances!

Let’s face it, on paper this should be a win.  But it’s never that simple, is it?  A bumper crowd, pressure, plenty at stake versus a side that have already come to terms with their fate, with a nominal crowd, with no pressure at all.  It would certainly be foolhardy to write them off, particularly as injuries or niggles might give fringe players an opportunity to impress.

Having said that, we should have enough about us to overcome this – and I would hope that Billy will be stamping out any kind of complacency.  In an ideal world, we don’t want to have to have a trip to Selhurst Park on the final day – whether they have anything to play for or not – desperately needing to rack up points and/or goals.  Let’s go for the win, boys.  And really go for it.

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  1. Next week would be a really good time for Jules to make a starting return so am not to worried about left back and Lynch.All the points you make are valid and I agree that a win on Saturday really will be a big way to going on and securing our position in sixth. I also see Leeds Burnley as a draw but can see Millwall stealing a point from Swansea who may be doing what we did last season and resting regulars with a view to the semi’s. This does not detract from the fact that we have to beat Scunthorpe not just from a points requirement point of view but also to restore our self belief that we can beat the so called lesser teams hansomely so I am looking for a high scoring game 3 maybe 4 goals to the Reds. I also hope that as in recent weeks that is not a goal difference improvement of 1.

    Enjoy the day wish we were there.

    Come on the Reds

  2. As you say nffc an easy victory on paper but nottingham forest never do ote the easy way, as the last 2 games highlighted amongst a season of examples. the only high pressure games we’ve done well in were the two against direby when the fans were fantastic. Lets get behind the team tomorrow and hope the part time fans that showed up for Preston (the last ticket-offer-type-game) are watching the royal wedding drinking pimms

  3. If I’m not mistaken, Garner has equalled our highest scoring striker at the city ground despite being at the iron for only part of the season?

    I suspect if we don’t make the prem he will be another player who ‘comes through’ next year and makes a bigger contribution.

    You’d have to put him ahead of McGoaldrought already.

    Saturday could be elation or torture. Am on tenterhooks just thinking about it. No wonder houillier’s ticker played up!

  4. According to the sun,points will be deducted from QPR so Norwich and Cardiff could go up automatically. If QPR protest, the playoffs could be delayed…
    That would be good for us regarding getting all our players back,but not if we win our last two games and are in the winning mood !!
    Something else to think about…as if we haven’t enough already !!!

  5. I predict a very tense affair 2morrow first goal is vital and i bloody well hope we get this defending sorted out.

    Earnie will be dropped by Davis no doubt so expect Findley to play a big part hes a good player a cheeky wee goal for him.

    U reds

  6. For the benefit of Marc, above. Not all supporters can afford to go to every game. After charging a ridiculous £32 for a game that was on TV last week, good on Forest for the £15 offer for this game.

    It’s the right thing to do to fill the ground up for an important game but remember some of us can’t go to every game for financial reasons, not because we’re any less of a Forest supporter.

    Come on Forest, you’ve given us all hope – now finish the job off!

  7. Alan wood.. stop reading the sun haha, its utter shite. theres no way qpr will lose point, a hefty fine will be given. it would just cause mayhem!

    I think semis will be:

    Forest vs cardiff
    reading vs swansea.

    final:

    forest/cardiff vs swansea

    (i know what swansea would like, a cardiff vs swansea final.)

    Hope im not tempting fate

  8. It’s O.K. David,I’m not a sun reader.
    The headline caught my eye.
    I hope you are right about your semi predictions !
    Alan

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