All eyes will be on whether loanee James Henry makes the team for the visit of Cheltenham tomorrow. He is almost certain to feature in Smoulds’ squad for the game, whether he starts the match is another matter. We are unable to call on Junior Agogo who’s injured, although he was due on international duty anyway, and David Prutton remains sidelined by his mysterious thigh injury, as does Wes Morgan with his ankle.
I’d expect to see Alan Wright remaining as left back, given Bennett is still suspended and he gave an impressive performance in our previous game, and Chambers will have another opportunity to partner Ian Breckin in the middle, with Curtis at right back. In midfield I expect Smoulds to exercise caution, and stick with his usual – although he must be tempted to include Henry on the right, which would most likely be at the expense of Gary Holt (that would be my choice, I have a feeling Smoulders would be more likely to opt to rest either McGugan or Perch though).
Cheltenham are struggling at the foot of the table, but caution should be a watchword as they turned Doncaster over last week – so I would expect them to show a bit of fight and passion, and when sides do that it can go one of two ways for Forest – we match them and prevail, or we fold and get frustrated with a tenacious opponent. Given the mounting pressure on the Reds to pick up maximum points – particularly from home fixtures – this could prove a tough one, but on paper (ah, if only all games were played on paper!) we should have enough quality to put the Robins to the sword.
Cheltenham have only one win in the last six games – that was on their trip to Donny as mentioned previously where they ran out 2-0 winners. Generally on their travels they’ve not fared too well, but casting an eye over their results it’s worth noting that they have beaten Bristol City, Yeovil and Swansea on their travels – so they aren’t exactly shy of causing an upset on their travels.
If professional and hard-working Forest turn up, then I’d hope for a win. If the lacklustre bunch of big-time charlies we’ve seen all too often over recent weeks turn up, then the Robins will have every chance of causing an upset.
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