Millwall vs. Forest preview..

The trip down to thugsville is never a pleasant one, and even more so now because we’re so desperately in need of three points. Forest are unbeaten in four, including two draws away to Champions-in-waiting Scunthorpe, and currently second placed Bristol City – with victories over Cheltenham and Gillingham at the City Ground. Millwall have sketchier form, but face Forest on the back of a victory over Swansea City.

In team news, Lewis McGugan is a doubt and is likely to join Sammy Clingan, Junior Agogo and (almost inevitably) Scott Dobie on the crocked list. This will give Prutts the opportunity to return to the first team, leaving Smoulderwood with the dilemma of what to do about Bennett (leave him on the bench!), Morgan and Tyson – who are all champing at the bit for a first team recall. It’s a tricky conundrum in some ways, but maybe not – for what it’s worth I’d be tempted by:

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Curtis Chambers Breckin Wright

Perch Prutton Ga. Holt Commons

Tyson Lester

Or something like that, but who knows what Smoulds will come up with. One thing that is certain, Millwall manager Willie Don-key is almost certain to line Neil Harris up against us. Given the ignominy of his departure from the Reds, and the harsh treatment he endured at the hands of our fans, I imagine he won’t need any firing up to do us some damage – and whilst he certainly isn’t the player he once was, I have a nasty feeling he’ll return to bite us on the proverbial.

The key to this game, in my view, is keeping Harris quiet upfront, and somehow breaching the formidible Lenny Pidgeley in the Millwall goal. Then again, we put three past him at the City Ground in November, so he’s not quite impregnable, but back then we were deadlier in front of goal than we have been lately. It’s going to be a very very tough game and the Reds will need to give 100% commitment and hold their nerve. It’s twitching sphincter time again, I’m afraid, fellow fans!…

Prutts wants to stay at Forest.. apparently..

According to the esteemed Evening Post, David Prutton would like to stay with Forest – regardless of whether we attain promotion or not.  This is, undoubtedly, great news – of course, the cynic in me – who has an unerring ability to raise his ugly head – would suggest that a player out of contract at the end of the season, currently on loan, is bound to come out with such comments to ensure that at least one firm offer will be on the table come next season.

His comments read well though – he’s enjoying himself here after a well-documented turbulent time down south, and so long as that translates to performances on the pitch then everyone’s a winner.  I do wish he would re-grow his Hobo beard though, that used to entertain me no end – I was very sorry to see it had gone the way of the Gillette Fusion when the players came to warm up down at Bristol last weekend.

In other news, my March column for Left Lion is published in all it’s glory – and ideal way of cutting through all the chaff I post on here and getting a distilled summmary of goings on fortress City Ground.  And of course, being a staunch Nottinghamian the website in general is a haven of localness that is unrivalled on the ‘net – so check out the rest of it as well!