Forest vs. Scunthorpe United preview..

Scunthorpe still gives me nightmares.

Hopefully some of those demons can be laid to rest as they no longer have the likes of Billy Sharp and Andy Keogh to run merry rings around our defence!  Having said all that, they’re not a side to be underestimated, as some of our peers have already discovered to their peril this season – so a Watford-at-home-esque performance could see us only having limited time to gloat about the shoeing Derby got this evening.

The main injury-based news centres on Earnie who has some kind of pelvic injury which kept him out of the squad for the Plymouth game.  Forest hope to have him available, but it looks like a late fitness check.  There are also concerns over Wilson who was withdrawn from the action at Home Park with severe cramp in both legs – so don’t be surprised to see Chambers slot in to centreback.

Our visitors have a couple of injury worries too – influential pair Hooper and Mirfin have hamstring and hip injuries respectively; and they are likely to be assessed in the morning but unlikely to be risked if there’s any doubt – particularly Hooper.  Jonathan Forte is available after picking up a slight knock in their last game – I remember him from his time with Doncaster, he hit an absolute screamer against the bar in that bizarre game we won 4-0 despite being rubbish!

So, a real opportunity for the Reds to start to make improvements to their home form.  Just the one win so far at the City Ground, remember that?  Who can’t?!  Well, we’ve moved above Derby without lifting a finger this evening through virtue of goal difference as non-league Nigel continues his fine work down the A52.

It would be rather nice to augment that position with a nice three points, wouldn’t it?  Why do I have this nagging doubt that that would be too much to ask for?

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9 Responses

  1. I have a nagging feeling too that Forest may play just as well as they did against Plymouth and be found wanting by a much better team who are in a bit of form. I agree with the nightmares NFFC. In fact you could write a list of all the teams that give Forest fans nightmares. I can think of 5 without really taxing the grey matter too much. But Forest have played well at home and though results haven’t gone our way, barring the Watford game of course, I still think Forest look good and if the winds in the right direction this time (anything arbitrary really just to give us that bit of luck) we could win this one. 3 points would round off a good week for the Reds and move us up to 14th, 3 clear of the shaggers who give me comfort, at least we are not as bad as they are. So it’s fingers crossed, touching wood, sleeping under the dream catcher (I’m not sure if the last one is lucky or not), and all that malarkey hoping for a 2nd home win of the season and a more firm belief that we can actually make positive moves up the table. U reeeds!

  2. Lovely to see the sheep getting a good stuffing they are im sure in all our thoughts. NOT ! great chance to move up the table tonight i think the boys will be upbeat after plymouth and billy will name an attacking side.

    You are right tho guys this is a team we will have to respect if not they will turn us over.

    U reds

  3. I hope the nerves that we all have are not transmitted to the players.
    More pressure on them leads to misplaced passes.
    Lets hope Earnie,no nerves, is fit to play,and Anderson,who wants to prove himself ,are chosen and I will feel more confident.
    Be interesting to see how our one time target Rob Jones performs tonight….Not too well I hope.

  4. Billy has so many options now it must be tricky to pick the team. MCleary cant get in the squad now and with Earnie back tonight, someone else will miss out – Moussi perhaps?

  5. I too enjoyed DIreby getting a shoeing but I will reserve any gloating until after tonights game. Scunny games have some bad memories for me especially as I have family links there, as I do with Blackpool and look how that turned out!! I agree they are not to be underestimated and the game is far from a given, still surely we are due some good fortune at home and I hope the fans remain positive.

  6. Well Done !!!! Enjoy your Beers !!!!!!!

  7. great result, i really enjoyed that display tonight.
    no complaints…….even from me !!

  8. Phew…good result in the end! Well done…good to see the Direby result posted up again!!!

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