Let’s start with something positive – our youngsters are 7-1 against Wigan in the FA Youth Cup fourth round. Bamford has scored four and there’s still twenty odd minutes to go. Perhaps the future isn’t so bleak after all? And now, let’s drop back down to earth by contemplating the weekend’s fortunes of our senior so-called professionals.
Our next probable defeat will come at the hands of West Ham United at Upton Park. Whilst the motivation of labouring our way out of the drop zone and perhaps salvaging a bit of personal pride ought to be motivation enough for our lads, Sam Allardyce’s side have the opportunity to claim the top spot that could be theirs with a third successive win in the league.
The only absentees for Big Sam are the longish term injury victims of Guy Demel and Matt Taylor, both players have returned to training with the Hammers, but aren’t likely to be fit enough to be risked against us. Well, let’s face it, they probably are – but given the other options at their disposal it would seem an unnecessary risk!
We are without Chambers, who serves the second game of his three match suspension, and are still missing Wes Morgan, Chris Cohen and Ishmael Miller through injury. Tuds is likely to feature again, and perhaps after his ill-conceived Twitter tantrum Matt Derbyshire might have talked himself out of an opportunity to prove himself to be something other than the lightweight diving sod that we’ve seen so far. (I wish I’d screen-capped his tweet too!!).
Of course, we do have the former-player factor in our favour – Marlon Harewood of course left his first spell at Forest to hook up with West Ham United back in 2003. He netted a goal every two and a bit games for them, admittedly at a time when youth was still on his side and he could last a full game, but y’never know! If we play anything like we did on Tuesday though we’ll see the kind of shoe-ing that West Ham dished out at the City Ground back in August.
I would be delighted, as ever, to be proven wrong – but I can’t see much past a comfortable win for the home side here unless Sean O’Driscoll can have a really fast impact on our moody squad, or indeed the supposedly interesting news that Paul Taylor has been teasing his followers on Twitter over that might transpire tomorrow. Maybe Stan Collymore is going to come out of retirement and roll back the years working under Frank Clark once again.
Hmm. Maybe not. Frankly, a point here would be a delightful surprise – three would make me a little bit delirious!
In the meantime the youngsters have just netted their eighth goal against Wigan courtesy of Osborn. Well done lads, I might forgo my season ticket in future and start following the youth team! Sorry, make that 9-1. Bamford with a fifth goal – that’s indicative of a real winning mentality right there – so many goals up but still wanting more. The senior players could learn a thing or two from our youngsters.
They’ve scored more goals in an hour than the first team have mustered in thirteen matches. Full time score was 9-1. Take a bow, lads, that really is excellent.