High-profile Agogo set for product endorsements?

Childish, but amusing.  A commenter on the site called bedfordred spotted an article in the Gazetta Dello Sport that likened our own Junior Agogo to George Foreman, the boxer-turned-kitchen-appliance-salesman.  The Ghanian striker has been making the headlines for his performances in the African Nations Cup – so surely a lucrative product-endorsement is only a matter of time for the Forest hitman?

Hmm, no wonder I never made it as a graphic designer!  For any Italian speakers, the article that makes the comparison is just here.

And so to Swansea City…

It’s been too long since we’ve had any kind of actual football witterings on here, and it’s the eve of the day that Swansea City come to visit us.  Swansea come here as deserved table-toppers, and they’re on rip-roaring form.  We, however, have had dubious form and have singularly failed to strengthen so far in the transfer window – my understanding of the transfer system is that we’re now too late to field any last-minute signings against the Swans.

It’s true, however, that our home form isn’t half bad – depending on what mood the Forest side that faces Swansea are in, it could be a game to look forward to.  Equally, if we play at our worst and the visitors at their best we could be looking at a very depressing evening at the City Ground.  Swansea haven’t tasted defeat since the middle of November, and won’t want that record changing – a rout of Doncaster at the Keepmoat Stadium shows they travel quite well, too.

However, given our sketchy-at-best away form, we find that regardless of the calibre of our opponents (and I rate Swansea as amongst the best in this league), we need wins at home to maintain any kind of challenge at the top.  The Swans are already, count them, eleven points clear at the top, and with Carlisle, Walsall (where did THEY come from?!), Leeds, Doncaster and Orient breathing down our necks the pressure is well and truly on.  Pressure isn’t something we traditionally deal with.

The midweek fixture may do us a favour, less Swans fans will be making the journey than for a weekend game – only 1,200 tickets have been allocated.  I would expect double that for a saturday game, that said, those that do make the journey are likely to maximise the superior acoustics the Lower Bridgford End accords the travelling supporters at the City Ground, so the home side need to try to quieten them quickly.

With Forest being so difficult to predict, I’m not going to start trying – certainly we need to be at our very best to get the win I feel we need.  If we are at our best, then I think we can challenge any team in this league – we’ve shown that numerous times – but we’ve also shown that we’re capable of playing to a standard that allows any team in this league to be a challenge to us – which Forest will turn out tomorrow night?  Well who can say.

Lose, and any vague dream of snatching the title from the Swans is all but gone, barring a spectacular reversal in form for both sides – arguably win and it’s still the same scenario – but given how the results on Friday and over the weekend went for us, somehow still leaving us in second place – it’s certainly the duty of the boys in Red to make a decent fist of this game and help to at least consolidate our place in second.

I’m undecided whether I’m looking forward to this game or not, but it will be good at least to have a game after a cup-enforced break in proceedings for us.  Given our league form has stuttered of late it is a good opportunity to kickstart something again, it’s perhaps just a tad unfortunate that we face a side amongst the form sides in the league in order to do this, but it would be a great confidence booster to register three points.  Just as it would destroy it to get none.  Deep joy!