Back with matters on the pitch!

Having been swept along by the Brian Clough statue unveiling like much of Nottingham, it’s about time we contemplated a return to matters on the pitch.  A turnaround in fortunes is implied in Forest’s last two games – 4 points away from the City Ground, and some decisive refereeing decisions that went in our favour; albeit some earlier ones which went against (conveniently glossed over in the media, I might add!).

The current Forest squad should be feeling suitably inspired, having attended the statue unveiling.  They had the chance to rub shoulders with past greats of the club, and of course see first hand the tremendous good will the people of Nottingham still have for the former players from throughout Clough’s time at the club.  They also saw that day how much this football club of ours means to us, and hopefully understand the pain our recent history has driven into our hearts.

Our West Midlands visitors at the weekend come with a solid reputation and a decent league placing – but not on a great run of form – after starting their league campaign with three straight wins, they looked good to stake their claim as one of the early season favourites.  However, just as Forest’s last two results represent improvements in fortunes, Birmingham have succumbed to two 1-0 defeats – firstly away at Queens Park Rangers, and more recently at home to Coventry.

After Lewis McGugan’s ridiculous red card against the Sheep-botherers, it’s hoped that Chris Cohen will be able to overcome the ankle injury that kept him out against Derby to take his place.  Fletcher has a back injury which makes him a doubt too, which might see Perch moved into midfield and Chambers returning to the first eleven at right back.  Forgotten man Lee Martin is also apparently injured, whilst Guy Moussi and Julian Bennett are on the long term crocked list.

Our visitors have a few injury problems too, O’Connor, Kelly, Murphy, Parnaby, McSheffrey and Johnson are all doubts for the clash.  We go into this game second from bottom, they go in second from top – so expecting anything other than a challenging game would be foolish – but obviously we all have our fingers crossed that our revival can continue – although we desperately need to score a goal for ourselves, preferably from open play!

Also a reminder to enter the competition to win tickets for the evening with Nigel Jemson and Mark Crossley at The Approach.  It should be a great night!