Forest vs. Brighton and Hove Albion preview..

Hmm, it is of course tempting to fill this page with doom and gloom as I did for the Leeds preview.  It wouldn’t be unreasonable, Brighton are a decent side – and they’ve only lost one game in 2012 so far and find themselves firmly ensconced in contention for the play-offs.  Irrespective of the justifiable boost that Tuesday’s game at Elland Road will give us, it’s probably reasonable to assume that the Seagulls will provide a sterner test.

Marcus Tudgay returns to contention following his suspension – and with no fresh injury concerns from the midweek game it will give Steve Cotterill something to ponder, hopefully not for too long, I was really pleased to see Majewski back in the fold (although whether he has two games in him following his exclusion from the squad remains to be seen).  The other consideration is the fitness of Higginbotham and Elokobi who are both recovering from hamstring injuries.

Brighton arriving at the City Ground make it our third game in a row against a club that Brian Clough managed – who can remember that happening before?  They will be missing defender Reyes who is suspended after being sent off against Blackpool, but El-Abd, Vokes and Assulin are available to make the trip to Trent Side after recovering from a combination of injuries and illness.  Elphick remains sidelined with an Achilles problem.

Those of you that made the trip down to the Amex Stadium back in December will remember a game in which we dominated from start to finish, but alas not through into added time when Will Buckley popped up in the 92nd minute to score the only goal of the game and left Forest ruing opportunities spurned by Tudgay, McCleary, Anderson and Majewski – none managing to provide a stern test for Ankergren in the Brighton goal from good opportunities.

Whilst undoubtedly a daunting prospect Brighton’s form on the road hasn’t been that auspicious lately – they’ve only won one on the road since February, and that was Leeds – so that hardly counts! – but of course we must balance what is probably best classed as indifferent form on the road with our particularly atrocious home form – although more recent games at the City Ground have shown signs of promise.

Being the consummate pessimist if there was ever a game that was bound to be a bit of a damp squib it’s this one – after the lord mayor’s show, whatever cliche you want to use, I can’t help but think of a cracking win at Birmingham, a decent draw at Barnsley and then… BOOM… Doncaster at home.  Having said all that, having been such a grump about the Leeds game and expecting a shoeing, suddenly a draw at home to the Seagulls wouldn’t seem so bad.

With Leicester City looming on the horizon it’s feasible that Steve Cotterill might be lured into making changes to keep his squad fresh – clearly the weekend off provided a degree of benefit midweek (as of course did the clown defending from Leeds), but with games coming up more frequently there’s bound to be a bit of shuffling.  Hopefully the home fans can capture the kind of spirit we see away from the City Ground and the Reds can surprise us again.

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  1. I agree with you ! Given our home form ,a draw would be acceptable. I would rather have that followed by a win at Leicester ! Mccleary marked by three, leaving gaps for Blackstock……..vamos a ver !!

  2. It looks like Brighton’s hard running right winger Will Buckley will be missing from the squad. Kazenga Lua lua, wide on the left, terrorized Derby County at the Amex and he is now coming into form after injuries. Vicente caused Derby more problems than Derby could cope with, eluding his three markers and creating both goals with pin point passes, and running through the Derby midfield, beating three players and then hitting the bar. Brighton have only conceded three goals in the first 20 minutes all season and two of them were against Liverpool.

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  4. I think he needs to stick to the same game plan as tuesday with the same offensive players. Let’s let them worry about us for a change. We need players that can hold onto the ball like they did on tuesday. Radi should start again, he is fit and young so should be able to play two games. Keep the ball, have most of the possession, keep it tight at the back and let the clever players play. Job done. Another 3 points then off the fester ! Simples….

  5. offensive seems the only viable option at this stage of this season, how on earth then does mr cotterill fail to learn by his mistakes? we attack, we win. Trouble is that for most the season we have be feeble as an attacking force

  6. Assuming there is a reshuffle of the
    line up to play Brighton, there is no
    reason to lack confidence after such a
    powerful display on Tuesday.
    Hopefully SC reminds the squad how well
    they played last time they met the gulls,
    regardless of the result.
    Great to see Radi back in the mix, I hope he starts again.
    Would be great to knock off Brighton! Wind
    the clock back 12 months & consider the
    ladder positions of Forest & Brighton….and
    i guess the wider public would have the
    visitors as favourites ovine Saturday.
    Aaahh how times have changed..

  7. Lets kick on now nothing to fear from Brighton yea they are decent at the minute but we were bloody brilliant on Tuesday .A good win should ease a lot of pressure on us lets end the season on a high and get the CG rocking again.

    WE MUST GET G A NEW CONTRACT NOW PREM CLUBS ON RED ALERT ?

    SORT IT OUT FRANK …!

    • I agree Red Ric. But this is just another example of classic mis-management. The board do not have a clue how to manage contracts. Clark, I believe even mentioned this at the beginning of his tenure. If Chambers had had the season he had last season, this season he’d also have attracted attention. Lynch and Anderson could leave as well for nothing. I don’t get it? Its like the club has no faith in the ability of its playing staff and automatically thinks that they will resign regardless.

      If Newcastle or WBA suddenly come in with an offer of say 10k/week for McCleary, (its only an outlay of around 1.5M over 3 years) which they could easily do, then we haven’t got a chance of holding on to him. I wouldn’t blame McCleary either for leaving. He is late into the professional game and needs to maximise his earning potential. Lets face it until SC gave him a decent run half of Forest’s support wouldn’t give a shit if he left or not.

      I think we’ll stay up but building a half decent squad for next season is going to be difficult given the discord in earnings between someone like Miller and someone like Cohen.

      • AD BC I wasn’t aware that I was being critiqued on this post??
        I will endeavour to alleviate my
        literary misgivings & present my thoughts in a more fluent manner.
        As for Anderson running out of contract, who cares! He’s best football is way behind him. I think part of the reason we have insufficient funds is because of over paid players like Ando who just don’t give enough in return. Seriously, when was his last solid game???

        • No critique Melbourne just an observation on the way the type looks in the post thats all.

          I agree with you about Ando it is ages since he put in a solid game. But my point is most would be saying exactly the same about McCleary before SC gave him a run. It is ludicrous to allow players contracts run into a position where they can leave for nothing when they could easily turn a corner and produce sustained good form. Like chambers last season, Lynch and McCleary this season.

  8. Yea I agree mate we can only hope that we get bought over by decent owners who sort out all this crap.Nobody is going to buy us if we end up in League 1 old Div 3 it even pains me to say it .

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