Spencer to the Imps..

Spencer Weir-Daley has escaped the fate of being released from Forest and has been moved to Lincoln City on “emergency” loan for three months starting 1st January.  Given the news of Pittman, Beaumont and Cullingworth it must be starting to feel like drinking at the last chance saloon for the young striker, but clearly there is still a chance of the youngster having a future with Forest.

Lincoln, of course, is the current loan destination of another Forest player, and hopefully this move will be made permanent – that is of course Nicky Eaden, the defender who had an absolute nightmare of a spell with Forest, but is apparently enjoying a new lease of life in Lincolnshire.  I doubt Forest will be too bothered about recouping a fee for the former Wigan defender, but whether Lincoln can meet his wage demands would be questionable.

Trio of youngsters released…

Just before the transfer window Forest have started with outgoings; by releasing a trio of youngsters by mutual consent.  Jon-Paul Pittman, James Cullingworth and James Beaumont will all be plying their trade away from the City Ground from  today, it seems.  Despite each being highly rated at youth and reserve levels, it is evident that the three are not thought to be likely to develop sufficiently to challenge the first team.

Having read a few reports about Beaumont in the reserves he’s the one that surprised me, and I’m sure that Cullingworth was rumoured to be being tracked by a bigger club not that long ago, was it Villa?  Hmm, who knows.  But anyway, best of luck to the three lads – if they are definitely not going to get an opportunity to progress here then it makes perfect sense to let them move on and forge a chance elsewhere.

Forest vs. Tranmere Rovers preview..

This fixture is quite tasty for all manner of reasons, obviously upfront for the almost-Scousers will be the familiar elbows of a certain Mr G. Taylor, and until recently John Thompson was on loan with The Whites.  Ronnie Moore was upset when Forest recalled Thommo early, and Smoulders all but confirmed an element of that recall was because he didn’t want to do a potential promotion rival any favours!

Rovers have fallen away from the promotion picture lately; despite Gareth Taylor’s outlandish claims that they were going to win the league.  They’re not far from the playoff places though, so will be eager for a win against the Reds who had be stuttering until Boxing Day’s convincing win against Port Vale.  Taylor has a characteristically unprolific scoring record for Tranmere, but will need watching,  as will Chris Greenacre, who always seems to do well against us.

Nathan Tyson is a slight doubt for us with his calf strain, although Grant Holt’s two goals against Port Vale will prove him to be an able deputy.  Wes Morgan has recovered from the illness that has kept him out our last two games – although with Thompson impressive in the last game and with his “inside knowledge” of our opponents his passage back into the team may not be a foregone conclusion.

Tranmere, as far as I’m aware, are pretty much full-strength – except for their ‘keeper Gavin Ward – as well as dirty bastard Jason McAteer – so I expect them to provide us with tough opposition.  On paper, it should be a home win, but we’ve not exactly played according to the form book at home this season, so you can’t take anything for granted – however, if we can recreate the professional performance with which we despatched Port Vale then we’ll be laughing.