The most prominent news we’ve had this week has been the untimely injury to Junior Agogo, which looks set to keep the striker out for the season. This, of course, can only be bad news for us and him – he’d just started to show signs of what he’s capable of in a Forest shirt. Having said that, now is the time for the likes of Grant Holt and Nathan Tyson to step up to the plate and stake their claim on a starting berth alongside the in form and mercurial Jack Lester, who has rolled back the years lately with a string of influential performances.
In better news, David Prutton is apparently reaching fitness again and should be available for our crunch clash with Bristol City at the weekend. Of course, whether or not our own “littlest Hobo” will be able to displace the likes of Lewis McGugan, James Perch or Gary Holt remains to be seen, the midfield trio have been on decent form as well potentially leaving Prutts to be content with a place on the bench at Ashton Gate. The fixture at Bristol has completely sold out now, we’ve sold 3,300 tickets – and the home tickets are also sold out, so it should be a decent atmosphere for those of you making the journey!
Gary Holt revealed that David Kerslake and Ian McParland have been “banging on about side foot finishing” in training, which explains his perhaps surprisingly calm finish when scoring the opening goal against Cheltenham, although he was modest enough to say “it went in, for a change!”. The other news of note is that young ‘keeper Paddy Gamble has gone on an emergency loan to York City, who found themselves without goalkeeping cover after the transfer deadline – a great opportunity for him to gain some first team experience.
A lot of fans I’ve spoken to are deliriously excited about our crunch clash at the weekend – I’m still rather nervous about it all. We’ve had two decent performances, and two wins – as well as a credible draw at Scunthorpe recently, my inner-pessimist who I try to keep in check can’t help but work out the numbers and not really rate our chances against a Bristol City side on very good form, and who seem to be getting a fair bit of luck with late goals.. ho hum!
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