Brentford vs. Forest preview..

Right then, let’s try to muster up some enthusiasm for tomorrow’s trip to Brentford’s Griffin Park. Well, I did say try. We, as we very well know, are on the back of a supremely disappointing Easter period – which is made all the worst by the fact that Bristol City had an equally poor couple of games, meaning we could and should have made up considerable ground on them – if not be sitting above them – right now, added to that Blackpool’s surge up the table we are in a bit of a three-horse-race for the coveted second spot. Unfortunately the Forest and Bristol horses appear to be lame.

Brentford also had a rather poor time of it at Easter, because it was in this period that their relegation to League Two was confirmed, which prompted their manager – Scott Fitzgerald – to be relieved of his position, having only been there since November when he took over from the ever-hapless Leroy Rosenior. Barry Quin has been given the caretaker manager’s job, and his first game will be against us – so, we face a team with ‘new manager’ syndrome, and also with absolutely no pressure on them because they’re already down… you can sense what’s coming, can’t you?

We’re also rather in the shit personnel-wise too. James Henry returned to Reading having amassed a miniscule 2-3 minutes of first team action, so we’re once again without any form of right winger (unless you count Kevin James, which I don’t!), and Nathan Tyson looks set to sit out the remainder of the season with a serious knee injury – leaving us with only two fit strikers in Jack and Grant. Agogo and Clingan are also both unavailable for the season. Whether or not Smoulders considers recalling someone like Spencer Weir-Daley or Felix Bastians remains to be seen, but so far he doesn’t seem to be unduly concerned about our obvious shortfalls.

Brentford also have striker woes, Jo Kuffour is a doubt with a hand injury he picked up against Crewe earlier this week, and former-Reds fat bastard Neil Shipperley looks unlikely to feature as he has a calf strain (probably from carrying all that weight around!). Whilst the pressure if off Brentford in terms of amassing points for survival – I’m sure they’ll be keen to repay their fans who’ve endured a torrid season with a notable scalp, and Forest always seem to be happy to provide their own notable scalps on such occasions!

So, how will it pan out? Forest have been subject of a torrid time from the fans lately following a disappointing spell to add to the other disappoint spells this season, they’ll want to register the win to silence a few critics (probably including me 🙂 ), Brentford don’t need the points – so I suspect they won’t be busting a gut exactly, but will be more inclined to play the ball around and enjoy the occasion. Given how much time and space we give our opponents it could make for an entertaining game – but of course, entertainment has not been Forest’s watchword this season.

If we sneak an early goal and defend which is what seems to be the norm (assuming the early goal comes) then I think we’ll shoot ourselves in the foot – as I’ve said before, even given our horrendous injury list, I do think that we have enough in the squad to get the result, but that relies on several members of the squad upping their game and showing their capabilities more. I’m looking toward the likes of Perch and Commons to really stamp their authority on midfield and ensure we dominate, and Grant and Jack need to be finishing lethally. A bit more consistency from the centrebacks wouldn’t go amiss either.

Hopefully Brentford’s strikers won’t play so high up the pitch allowing Smith to roll out to Curtis or Wright – whilst I appreciate the fans frustrations with his distribution against Rotherham, I think the berating and ironic cheering was over the top, and couldn’t have done the lad’s confidence any good at all, we all know his kicking isn’t the best, so why get hot and bothered about it? Ultimately, we need our boys to step up to the plate and take responsibility for getting a win, a convincing one preferably. Whether they’re prepared to do such a thing, however, is a matter for conjecture!

10 Responses

  1. I agree that booing or ironic cheering is plainly wrong as it can only harm any players confidence.
    In Smith’s case I think the fans frustration is that they can see a player in acres of space with no opposition player near him but Smith, who is closer, it appears cannot and instead hoofs it down field. This was plainly evident for everybody sitting in the Trent End on Monday. If he throws it out we retain posession, if he kicks we’ve got a 50/50 chance of retaining posession and in most matces due to poor kicking or poor control by our strikers I would think this reduces to 30%. As the game went on he appeared to make better use of his full backs which would make those fans who were barricking believe he was listening ! I’m pretty sure that was not the case,
    There are signs of improvement so lets give him some encouragement from now on.

  2. …anyone any suggestions for a pint prior to the game? By all accounts theres a pub on each corner of the ground, is there an ‘away’ pub? Guess I could walk to each…

  3. well you can bet that whatever happens Brentford fans won’t be cat-calling their goalie after eight minutes and booing the team at half time

  4. Actually if they play the ball around it will probably help us. Rotherham and others have concentrated on stifling us and relying on a break – we play better when the opposition plays “better”

  5. The New Inn looks like an ‘away pub, but there is plenty of choice in the area of the ground/train station nearby. Decent pubs, nice sunny day, only £15 entrance, what more could a supporter ask for?!

  6. Cheers Wendell, as for what more could you ask for…? Four forest goals!

  7. come on u reds get promoted nd batter brentford tomorrow and get the wingers to run at them

  8. 2-0 to Brentford I’m afraid. A goal in the first 5 mnutes and a penalty in the last 5, according to my sources. Of course, my predictions are nearly always 180 degrees out, so here’s hoping…

  9. Another crutial game – If we lose its the playoffs I’m afraid and I really dont fancy our chances. We simply dont appear to have the balls for it.

    One thought though…if we don’t go up will “Give Us Ya Money” Arthur have the audacity to raise ticket prices once again????

    I welcome the thoughts of other…….

  10. Like I mentioned in the prediction table post… 3-1 to Forest tomorrow, and Brizzle City draw 2-2 with Yeovil. Cmon you Reds! (The only thing I hate is that I will be busy and not even able to follow the game on the internet… s**t).

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