Colin targets FA Cup third round

The smouldering one appears to have had a new picture taken on the official site for his latest words of wisdom.  In the lead up to the Yeading game, he has spoken of the obvious need for us to not underestimate our West London opponents, but also of his asperations for the rest of our FA Cup campaign.

That’s no surprise really given our unspectacular showing in the Carling Cup this campaign, but certainly we should be prepared for Yeading as Calderwood sent scouts to check them out in their last fixture with Bishop’s Stortford in which they drew 1-1.  Fortunately, since the Accrington Stanley humiliation, he thinks that “My players are professional enough to know that they have to be at it on saturday.  Any let up in their application could give us a problem.”

The third round of the FA Cup of course heralds the inclusion of teams from the Premiership and Championship, and I think this is the real agenda for Calderwood – he must be keen to test his high flying side against opponents from the top two leagues, as they have ably demonstrated so far their ability to cope at our current level – but obviously he’ll have half a mind on what the likely outcome is if we were to be promoted this season (I still won’t tell myself we will, just yet!).

Seems like a sensible policy, and as always Calderwood has proven adept at talking the talk – hopefully come saturday the team will be walking the walk!

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Great Scott! Sicknote back for Yeading?

Scott Dobie could commence his 542nd comeback from injury with involvement against Yeading in our FA Cup tie tomorrow, according to the official Forest site.  The Scottish striker, as we are painfully aware, has endured a torrid series of injuries since signing for us, and will be keen to put these injury demons behind him and get some first team football under his belt.  Calderwood has said he is likely to be involved in the Yeading clash, most likely as a substitute.

Gary Holt is likely to return in place of suspended James Perch, and Nathan Tyson – fresh from his shock inclusion against Brentford – will also be eager to continue his progression to full fitness and get fully involved in this game – so slowly but surely our injury woes are (touch wood) starting to clear up – with Ross Gardner going on loan to Port Vale and featuring as a sub in their cup match against Tottenham, I think that pretty much gives us a clean bill of health.

Also amusingly, the story on the Forest site appears to have been copy and pasted directly from an email, because the final paragraph reads as follows:

This email is confidential and should not be used by anyone who is not the original intended recipient.  Nottingham Forest cannot accept liability for statements made which are clearly the sender’s own and not made on behalf of Nottingham Forest.  Nottingham Forest accept no liability for any loss or damage arising from the misuse or unauthorised use of this information.

It’s ironic they use the word liability so frequently – clearly somebody is one!