Forest vs. Millwall FC preview..

The Lions have recently permanently given the manager role to the man who has been caretaker for the last ten games – Willie Donachie (which is surely just some posh spelling of donkey!).  Under his stewardship, Millwall have left the relegation places, but still hover just above them.  Their last six league games read: WWLDLD – so no wins for four games, and the last one against lowly Bournemouth.

However, Forests’ last six league outings look rather more impressive: LWWWWD – unbeaten in five league outings, when cup games are taken into consideration, we are unbeaten in eight – thanks to wins over Gillingham, Brentford and Yeading.  With slight injury concerns over Agogo, Tyson and Curtis (but not thought to be too serious) Forest look in good shape going into this match.

The biggest news we’ve had lately is the almost-sale of Grant Holt – hopefully the striker will be hungry to prove his decision to stay and fight for his place was a good one and be involved against Millwall.  Millwall will also have a close eye on Kris Commons, who had a quiet game against the Millers last week, and will be wanting to prove his run of goals wasn’t just a flash in the pan.

Millwall don’t have any injury concerns, just a suspension to Chris Zebrowski – the 22 year old striker who scored against Port Vale the day before his birthday on 28th October this season.  So aside from not being very good, the Millwall manager doesn’t have any concerns for selecting his squad to face the mighty Reds.

This should be a win for us; but we’ve had a strange week with news of Grant that could potentially cause unrest – so it should be a test of Smoulderwood’s man management skills, particularly if Grant Holt is involved in the action – Millwall have been hapless so far this season, and have only marginally improved since the clueless Spackman was gotten rid of – so well, it’s bound to end up a banana skin game!

Noone likes them, they don’t care – and frankly so long as we get three points, I don’t care whether anyone likes them or not either!

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Loan pair extend their stays…

Nicky Eaden and John Thompson have extended their loan spells to Lincoln City and Tranmere Rovers respectively.  I’m sure most Forest fans have tried their damnedest to forget all about Nicky Eaden, and whilst Thompson certainly has less horrific connotations for us, getting a bit more first team football under his belt will do him no harm.

Thommo’s played 4 games for Tranmere so far, and all of these games were victories – and certainly he seems to have won the favour of manager Ronnie Moore.  The loan has been extended by a month, which will take him to just around the Christmas period – it remains to be seen whether Rovers will attempt to make the move permanent during the transfer window in January.

Eaden is reportedly ‘delighted’ to be back on loan at Lincoln – certainly he appears to have no future as a Forest player, so hopefully a permanent move can be found for him in the window for the benefit of both parties, and possibly the detriment of whoever ends up with him!

Young ‘uns demolish Valiants in youth cup..

The Forest youngsters have won the chance to pit their wits against Chelsea in the third round of the FA Youth Cup thanks to a resounding 4-0 victory against Port Vale last night, and now have the prospect of a trip to the Londoners before December 16th – likely to be staged at Aldershot’s ground.  The one-sided match was won by four good goals, scored against a Port Vale side apparently out to make life difficult for Forest.

Lewis McGugan was perhaps the player that stood out most, scoring a spectacular freekick and generally showing an impressive performance in midfield – already on the fringes on the first team in cup competitions, he is apparently the most likely player to ‘break through’ from the youth team this season – and given his reputation as a classy midfielder, this could be potentially an exciting development from the Forest academy.

Forest were 2-0 up at half time thanks to goals from Adam Newbold and Ryan Whitehurst, it could have been 4-0 but two 30 yard efforts from McGugan were saved.  The second half started positively for the young Reds, with McGugan finally on the scoresheet after 55 minutes with a freekick from more than 30 yards out.  The scoring was completed by James Reid, who converted a McGugan cross with a headed goal.

Perhaps some names to look out for over coming seasons in the Forest lineup:

Gamble, Treacy, Heath, McGugan, Moloney (Collins 77 min), Sharpe, Fairclough, Thornhill, Newbold (Hook 65 min), Whitehurst, Reid (Staples 77 min)

Is it just me hoping and praying that Hook makes it and is made captain in the future? 😆