Brighton are coming to town..

It’s a pretty important game, this – indeed, I don’t think we have a game left this season that can’t be considered important.  To get automatic promotion, we have to basically win pretty much all our remaining games, in so doing there’s the chance we can make up the 9 point gap between us and Carlisle, and the smaller 5 point gap to Doncaster.

So, with that in mind we need to be building on the excellent – if fortuitous – result at Sixfields on friday with another win here.  Brighton are only four points behind us having played a game more, so are definite playoff contenders – and also travel to the City Ground on the back of a win, against Swindon at the Withdean stadium.  In 12 previous meetings at the City Ground, Brighton have never won – managing to draw 3.

Perch is obviously suspended for this fixture after the well documented egomaniac and incompetent referee Rob Styles red carded him for a tackle in which he appeared to win the ball – that said, it’s not the end of the world (except for being bloody annoying) since Perchy injured himself in the tackle and is still being assessed for the extent of the damage to his ankle ligaments.

Tyson is okay, despite hobbling off against Northampton, which is great news – by all accounts he literally ran himself out of fuel at Sixfields.  Commons, who made a substitute appearance, is now available again, as is Ian Breckin who was suffering with illness prior to the Northampton match – so we could see the same kind of formation, or we could see a tweak or two.

The Seagulls will be without a few key players, Whing is suspended and El-Abd and Richards are injured.  However, Wes or Wilson will need to keep a close eye on Nicky Forster who is currently topping Brighton’s scoring charts after joining Brighton in the summer for a bargainous £75k.

Last time out was in December at the Withdean, Tyson scored twice and – guess what – we had another harsh red card, this time it was Sammy who saw red for a ‘foul’ on Jake Robinson.  Fortunately Tys had already got us two goals prior to the dismissal enabling Forest to hold on and retain a valuable three points, and some degree of false hope that we’d see a change in our away fortunes!

I’m quite looking forward to it now, it seems like far too long since I’ve seen any football – even though it was only the Walsall game a little over a week ago..

5 Responses

  1. We have beaten Forest at the City Ground, granted it was in 1979 but those Forest fans who remember it will know that it was a very significant result.

  2. So much for my reading of stats – you’ve beaten us three times, there haven’t been any draws! The worse bit is, I was at one of them in 2004/2005!!

    My memory doesn’t stretch back as far as 1979!

  3. Bargainous??!? Is that a real word? Tell me after the game. Got to go…

  4. There is commentary of the game on 5 Live. Stan the Man summarising.

  5. I don’t think bargainous is a real word – but it should be!

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