Forest vs. Yeading FA Cup preview…

Yeading visit the City Ground on saturday for the FA Cup clash with Forest, in a situation where they really can’t lose.  Given their antics a couple of years back in not exactly causing an upset, but holding off Newcastle for a while – but nonetheless, the southerners will relish the opportunity to play at a big stadium (albeit a half empty one!), and will certainly feel able to cause an upset, bearing in mind we’re actually in League One.

We’re without Perchy, who is suspended due to collecting his fifth yellow card (in ludicrous circumstances, I might add!  A Brentford player booted the ball at him when he was retreating from a freekick – stupid ref!), so this gives a vague chance for Gary Holt to fill the gap to give his fitness regime a boost following his knee surgery, failing that it may be one of the youngsters like Robert Hughes who step into the breach, given that we’ve loaned out potential candidates John Thompson and Ross Gardner!

Nathan Tyson, I’m sure, will be itching to start the game – whether Smoulderwood will risk him against a bunch of burly non-league cloggers is another matter entirely – plus we are quite spoiled for choice with strikers.  I’d be tempted to stick with Agogo to see if he can’t bag himself some goals to boost his confidence, and perhaps Grant Holt just to see if we can’t start to see some of the things that made me such a fan of his earlier in the season.

Yeading are missing their captain – defender Nevin Saroya, he was sent off in the last round against St. Albans, they also have only just acquired a goalkeeper from Colchester who’s only 19, so with a bit of luck we’ll be able to exploit this too.  The Forest site lists Marvin Morgan as their player to watch – he’s their top scorer and has been watched by professional clubs, and originally game through the youth system at Wealdstone, which of course is where Stuart Pearce started out!

Unsurprisingly we’ve never played Yeading before – so we have no historical reference points or past performances against “The Ding” to ruminate on, but really I can’t see beyond a home win – after the disappointing performance against Accrington Stanley in the league Cup we really need to see a good showing in this game, regardless of how silly our opponents nickname is, and no matter how sinister their crest with rabbits on is.