Birmingham City vs. Forest preview..

The Reds travel to St Andrews in the West Midlands to try to build upon their first win in six games at the weekend.  There aren’t many places less likely to yield a win for us (well, in fairness, you could probably select most of the top half of the table and find it rather daunting).  However, the thrill of three points and the glad viewing of not being in the relegation zone thanks to Pompey’s fiscal foolishness may have ignited a bit more belief in the Forest camp.

Our hosts are following a path more predicted at the start of the season compared to us – chasing a return to the Premier League and still very much within the potential suitors for the automatic promotion places.  Chris Hughton knows about getting promoted from this league, and is enjoying an unbeaten run of fifteen league and cup matches that sees them in third place, a mere five points behind Southampton with a game in hand.

On the team front Greg Cunningham is back in training but might struggle to dislodge George Elokobi from the left back berth (let’s face it, a Sherman Tank would have trouble doing that!).  Missing through injury are Ishmael Miller and Marlon Harewood both with hamstring injuries, Brendan Moloney with a thigh injury and of course the longer term injury suffered by Chris Cohen is still keeping the midfielder out of the picture.

The Blues look in pretty good shape – Stepehen Carr is a doubt having missed their midweek game at Barnsley.  Jonathan Spector limped out of the game but despite fears of something more serious it appears he’s simply picked up a bit of cramp.  Zigic and N’Daw had both been out of contention midweek due to injury but might find themselves back in the picture for the visit of the Reds.

Of course, it was our earlier meeting with Birmingham this season that led to a disappointing finish from the Reds.  We led for a good while before succumbing and losing 3-1.  This game sparked ugly scenes from a vocal minority after the game and ultimately saw both Steve McClaren and Nigel Doughty tender their resignations as manager and chairman post-match.  What might have happened if Majewski had squared the ball to Miller for a tap-in after an hour instead of trying to beat Myhill from a tight angle.  We’d have been 2-0 up then.

Even without putting my grumpy hat on this is a tough looking trip.  Whilst it’s easy to look at the Coventry match and hope that we can continue the second half momentum into this match, we must also remember that Birmingham ain’t Coventry, they’re actually rather a good side.  I would be flabbergasted (and of course delighted!) to see us snag three points here, so would have to conclude that bagging a draw would be a very credible result for us right now.

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  2. They are a solid side with confidence not unlike us under billy a draw as you state would be a brilliant result.I would like to see some passion from us give it a right go Forest and lets see what happens.

    Of course Cotter- nil may have other ideas forgot Smoulds is @ brum maybe Steve and Colin could get a flat together ?

    U reds

  3. Raddys heinous display of greed in that game is maybe a reason why SC isn’t playing him – he can’t trust him. That moment really did make my blood boil & maybe some of the Majewski-inners would do well to remember moments like that and not so much WBA away last season.

    There’s some cause for optimisim – we all thought we’d get a good hiding from West Ham away but we put in a fine performance only to be robbed by a dubious refereeing performance. Who knows?

  4. cotterill out ! …bloomin useless …no idea ..bungling idiot …MARTHUR AND ALL THE DRIBBLE OUT !!!!

  5. I see Brum have taken Huseklepp on loan from Pompey, who Cotterill signed for them. He looks a good player, you can just see the script for this one can’t you?!

  6. And replace them with who and whom ? Sisco ?

    You ?

  7. Seen this from the Leeds website ?
    “…..especially after news reached Warnock of Nottingham Forest owner Nigel Doughty’s death from a heart-attack.
    Just a few hours earlier, Doughty had been in contact with Warnock – something that the Leeds manager admits left him shaken.
    “I spoke to Nigel on the day that he died and that shook me. I left a voice message and got one back from him.”

    Oh dear . . could Nigel have been sounding him out for the Forest manager’s job ?

    • I imagine it was more likely to be related to his lad who is of course on QPR’s books… my understanding was that Nigel spent quite a bit of time down there watching his progress during his ‘sabbatical’ from attending the City Ground..

  8. yes red ric …..at least we would have 2 up front when we play at home ….simples !!! bungling t-at ……..u shud be ric the red !! MARTHUR AND ALL THE DRIBBLE OUT ..!!! VIVA FOREST !!

  9. …also king Billy is still on the books ? bit of passion wouldnt go amiss ..would it ? it supporters against the players ..the driff draff at the club just sit there looking in ! wake up frank ….MARTHUR AND ALL THE DRIBBLE OUT !!! VIVA FOREST !!

  10. Birmingham 1 Forest 2. What a result!

  11. Fantasic Result !! Well done Blackstock !! You are rolling again !! Just in time !!

  12. Blog delay? Me thinks hangover,shock,amazement……..We can wait !!!!

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