The secret diary of Terry the kitman.. part seven

Our Tel is mentally preparing himself for the big promotion push, and speaking of his development into the world of technology with his new role of chief ‘updater of the other scores’ during the game… will he get those precious days off he craves rather than being on playoff duty?

Disclaimer time: this is, of course, entirely a work of fiction – largely for my own amusement.  Any resemblance between the characters portrayed, and any real person or persons – be they an employee of Nottingham Forest or otherwise – are entirely coincidental!


Could the end of the season be nigh?..

As nervous Forest fans take to their beds this evening to prepare for tomorrow’s sell out showdown against Yeovil Town, they can’t help but be running through all the possibilities of the outcomes we can expect.  It’s old ground, but we know that basically we need to match Carlisle’s result and better Doncaster’s and we would attain that precious precious second spot… so fingernails prepare for some abuse, and prepare for a monster phone bill from constantly checking the scores all afternoon!

Forest have no injury issues at all, obviously the likes of Arron Davies and Will Hoskins will have match fitness issues; and Sammy Clingan apparently missed some training this week with a fever, but the full squad is expected to be available for the showdown with Russell Slade’s men from Somerset.  They too are pretty much full strength, with only Warne unavailable for selection – and whilst they have nothing to play for they undoubtedly won’t be looking to do us any favours.

They’re not the team they were last season, which we learned about to our peril – they haven’t been able to bring in as impressive loan signings this time around and obviously we pinched the likes of Chris Cohen and Arron Davies from them.  They’ve had a season hampered by injury though, which perhaps suggests their league position may belie their underlying quality.  

Our main threat is Doncaster, who have the fate of automatic promotion in their control – they face a trip to relegation-threatened Cheltenham.  Despite their lowly position, at home Cheltenham have been on good form – succumbing to only five defeats so far this season, and conceding fewer goals on their own pitch than Swansea have over the course of the season.  Indeed, only six teams – all in the top 8 – have conceded fewer at home compared to Cheltenham.

Doncaster’s away form has gone of the rails of late, they haven’t won on their travels since the start of March.  These are promising factors, of course, but both sides will be well up for this – Doncaster winning would guarantee them promotion, Cheltenham winning would guarantee them safe from relegation; so there are heaps of pressure on both sides – in which situations the form book of course can go out of the window of proverb.

Should both Forest and Doncaster drop points, then the very much declining Carlisle could yet salvage their disastrous end-of-season form – they welcome AFC Bournemouth tomorrow, who are on a spectacular run of six straight wins.  It’s probably not far off the best and worse form teams meeting – ironically with the team on the best form scrapping relegation, and the worst still with a chance of nicking an automatic promotion spot.

So it all hangs in the balance – Doncaster are very much in the driving seat, and all we can do as Forest fans is ensure we back the boys in Red to do this business against Yeovil.  We can merely keep checking our mobiles and hope beyond hope that the other results on the day go our way.  At least we can rest easy that Leeds aren’t suddenly going to overtake us, but of course, they could yet be a feature for us this season as they are assured a place in the playoffs.

Those of you unable to make the game and listening to the radio/checking results online – be sure to keep an eye on the BBC Live Updates during the match – I’m reliably informed that it will be heavily featuring all the League One permutations despite supposedly being focused on the Premier League, and I know the poor chap consigned to his desk to update it is really keen to hear from Forest fans – you can text in to 81111 from about 11am tomorrow.

For those of you who are going down, then we need to make sure we get right behind the boys from the start – and keep it up; regardless of what is happening either on our pitch or elsewhere.  Whatever our fate is to be I want to see the fans play their part, so plenty of encouragement, singing and passion please – and fingers crossed we’re all celebrating come full time!