Can stronger Forest tame the Lions?

After last week’s disappointment, is that too weak a word?  Let’s call it a shambles.  After last week’s shambles, the pressure is on Smoulders and the boys to deliver a boost to our bid for promotion, and there’s a decent amount of good news to give Forest fans good cheer in the build-up for this pretty crucial game.

Of course, there’s the well-publicised loan signing of Will Hoskins from Watford, giving us a different dimension in the striking department.  As Smoulderwood has more options on the striker front it leaves many of us hoping that he sees this as a good reason to actually play two of them, in a striking position – well, you never know! 

Other good news is that McGugan has recovered from a slight injury, and Commons has declared himself available again after personal issues kept him out of contention last week.  This is a big boost to our midfield, which struggled in Bournemouth (understatement!), with very little shape or creativity.

Millwall actually only seem to have Harris on their books to play (and score!) against us.  The forward has been out the side since we drew 2-2 with them at The New Den not all that long ago, but is back in contention to return to his old stomping ground where our defence will need to be on its toes to prevent him continuing his record of scoring against us.

All in all, I’m almost excited about going to a match for the first time in a long time.  Almost.  I’m certainly looking forward to seeing Hoskins in action in a Forest shirt, and as ever at least partially live in hope that perhaps finally we’ll see a decent performance that can restore a bit of faith in a realistic promotion bid.

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He’s coming home, he’s coming, Junior’s coming home..

A couple of comments and emails quite rightly point out my all-but ignorance of the African Cup of Nations which has been going on in earnest for the last few weeks.  That’s partly because I’ve not managed to catch any of the matches, and because there’s been plenty going on domestically to distract me from keeping up with it.

It seems our Junior has been making rather a stir, though – although Ghana are now out of tournament, he’s been getting consistent column inches throughout the time.  Whether he returns immediately or remains for the duration of the tournament is unclear, but what is clear is that when he does return his profile will have increased.

And not just for his performances on the pitch either – it seems that Agogo has become rather a sex symbol with his African public!  One fan was so impressed with his contribution to Ghana’s competition he went so far to offer his grand-daughter to him to take as a wife! 

So well done to Junior for, by all accounts, making a decent account of himself in the international spotlight – here’s to hoping he can bring the kind of passion and drive he’s shown in Ghana’s colours back to the City Ground to give a much needed boost to our faltering promotion bid.