Reds vs. Scunny highlights online..

The highlights from the Forest vs Scunthorpe United game are on the BBC website – and they’re reasonably comprehensive!

Unfortunately for those of you resident outside the UK I’ve yet to find anything of interest on YouTube for this game, so if you do find one please feel free to share via the comments for your fellow exiled trickies.

Also came across this awesomely timed photo of Chambers just as he’s about to score – you can almost see the realisation dawning on his face he’s about to net a goal – brilliant.  Well done Mr Daily Mail Photographer.

Peterborough United vs. Forest preview..

Ah, Peterborough.  Just like Scunthorpe gave me nightmares, Peterborough brings back the most thrilling memories; some of the best I’ve ever experienced as a football fan.  Those of you who were there, take a moment to reflect.  Those who weren’t, I’m sure you know the story.

It’s April in 1994, and a win at London Road would ensure the Reds return to the top flight at the first time of asking under Frank Clark.  Three sides of the ground were full of Forest fans anticipating celebrations, only for us to be 2-0 down!  Thanks to timely interventions by Stuart Pearce and Stan Collymore we triumphed 3-2 in the blur of a mass pitch invasion.

An absolutely magical afternoon.  Of course, it turned out in the end a draw would’ve done the job for us, but that doesn’t change how it felt at the time!  We’ve met the Posh twice since then – beating them at the City Ground in 2005 in the FA Cup, and losing the season before last again at home in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

The Reds go into this game on the best form we’ve showed all season – with back to back wins and clean sheets, whereas our hosts find themselves in the relegation zone with just seven points – as well as the unwanted role of being the first team to lose to Plymouth this season.  They have lost their last two league games – but have had a better time of it in the Carling Cup.

On the personnel front we have no fresh injury concerns – Wilson should be fit to return although is unlikely to replace Chambers who defended well and weighed in with a goal against Scunthorpe.  When there aren’t many injuries it makes predicting Billy’s next move tricky as he’s bound to have something up his sleeve we weren’t anticipating!

Despite their poor start, Peterborough are no slouches – and there’s a number of dangerous attack-minded players, Danny Rose is on loan from Tottenham, and they have the well-known threats of George Boyd, Aaron Mclean and Craig Mackail-Smith.  Whilst defensively they’ve let in a few – they’ve England U21 stopper Joe Lewis in goal.

Another challenging fixture, as – in reality – they all are at this level.  Certainly Reds fans making the trip (of which I’ll be one!) will be looking forward to the opportunity to stand on the only terrace in the Championship and make some noise to get behind their side.  Darren Ferguson will certainly be looking at this as the earliest opportunity to turn around his sides fortunes.

I think this could be an interesting match.

Moving on up?

After ten league games last season we only had five points.  We were bottom of the Championship.  We were yet to pick up any points on our travels, and had won only one game in total.  So we are already eight points up on the deal – and that feels like progress to me!

Sometimes we can get caught up in the desire to see the jigsaw completed to realise that it is something that needs to be worked upon.  But with the most basic of benchmarking we can start to see that we appear to be moving in the right direction.

Whilst we have eight more points than we had at this point last season, the same can’t be said for our wooly neighbours.  I know it’s too early to get too excited – but they have three points less than they had at this point last season.  Again, indictative only – but ten games is usually the waypoint at which league tables start to be looked upon.

Bear in mind though that the bottom three of the Championship after ten games last season was Nottingham Forest, Barnsley and Doncaster – all of whom are still competing in the Championship; so don’t be jumping to any early conclusions – but let’s hope the Reds are keeping up the momentum!

Continuing at our current point-rate would be good for around 60 points, for them they would end up with 46 points.  46 points is how many points Norwich City ended up with last season.  A total of 60 points would have secured a top half finish without really threatening the playoffs last season.

Of course, as Disraeli probably didn’t say – but is oft quoted as doing so – there are three kinds of lies: Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics.  In reality all of this is utterly meaningless, but fun to ponder.  If you didn’t think it was fun, try clicking on this link instead.