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.

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  1. I’m sure Peterborough will be desperate to beat us following a poor start in the Championship. I hope the football we play is better that the last away match at Plymouth but would settle for poor football and the same result again!

    It looks like Cohen is now the preferred option at left back? It’s great to have ‘footballing’ full backs but I expect Cohen would love to get back into midfield.

    Personally, I think BD will go for the ‘muscle men’ up front with McGoldrick playing just behind target man Big Dele. I hope Dele is not caught offside as many times as last sunday!!!

  2. This is one of the games I’ve been most fearing, actually.
    Posh’s front men are among the quickest in this division, and our centre-halves aren’t exactly blessed with pace!
    I still expect a win, but if they score early…..

    nffc, I was at that game in ’94, and not too ashamed to admit I was on the pitch, or that I cried in the stand after Psycho’s goal.
    As redric has commented elsewhere, the tears were as much for BC as anything else

  3. This is an iteresting read. I’m not sure that Pleat has managed to creep out of the shadows though, Billy seemed to have jumped all over that prospect a few months ago.–banish-David-Pleat-shadows.html?ITO=1490

    • Saw that. It is a load of rambling nonsense, tabloid journalism at its worst. There are no facts, no quotations and no obvious point to the article. How does this stuff get published?

  4. Wasn’t in the UK back in ’94 but I was at the Reading game that took us up with Harry Bassett. Also on the pitch, also cried when the bartman swivelled and fired in to the bottom corner with about 5 minutes left. As much as it’s only a game, it;s a bloody amazing one!

  5. It all depends what team Davies decides to play, if it’s the same as Plymouth, then possibly a draw, but if he decides to go for it and let the home side worry about us instead of the aother way round, and by that i mean play the 2nd half team against Scunny from the start i reckon we could win by 2 clear goals..

    we live in hope…..

  6. if we play like we did on wednesday with the same team that played in the second half we will win. i bet though we dont !!! ( play the same team that is ). its been a long time since i really enjoyed watching forest play, yes the derby game was good. but football wise we could do with more of the same. i thought we played fairly well in the first half as well to be honest. but better in the second. i was born in peterborough so three points there would be very good. and yes i was there when we got promoted, what a night that was !!!. who remembers the burger king crown hats in support of Lar’s ??? . i played at london road once as a kid but enjoyed myself a lot more on the pitch that day!!!!

  7. I was there in Aprill 94 and remember it well, what a rollercoaster, and again for a pre-season match some years ago. Fair to say Posh are a different team under Fergie jnr and we underestimate them at our peril. Still I said the same thing before Scunny so I’ll settle for a similar outcome. Buggered up my ticket application with the on-line site so ended up with 2 in the Forest away seats so if anyone wants to swap terrace tickets let me know. Living in Deeping it’ll be a short ride but I do need the bragging rights on Sat night so COME ON YOU REDS!

  8. Short, but true, story….
    A shopkeeper in Stamford told me this

    He watched a large group of (drunken) Forest fans wander along the high street and into his shop, all in good spirit. They moved on from his place towards the George in Stamford, which is situated close to a bridge over the river.
    Just before the bridge is a carpet shop. Nothing unusual there, except for the full size RAM forming part of the window display?!! (don’t ask me why!)
    So our intrepid fans steam into the shop, get the owner talking and confused and pilfer said sheep!
    Moments later, the sheep can be seen bobbing along the river having been unceremonially thrown from the bridge!!!

    Most entertaining thing to happen in Stamford for many a year, apparently!

  9. For those who don’t know, by the way, Stamford is just up the road from Peterborough and Forest were away to Posh that day, hence the relevance.
    Sorry for not making that clear!

  10. Despite the wealth of options available to him and the perceived rotation policy, Billy actually picks a fairly settled side. Before you all start laughing and pointing, look at the evidence.

    Ignoring cup games, aside from enforced changes due to injury/suspension then there are really only 2 question marks over who’ll play… who will partner Dexter up front and whether Lynch or Garner get into the starting 11. If the latter, Cohen plays left back. If the former, Cohen plays in midfield.

    So you could get pretty short odds on Camp, Gunter, Morgan, Chambers, Majewski, McKenna, Cohen, Tyson and Blackstock taking to the pitch at 3pm. Where Cohen plays pretty much determines whether Lynch or Garner start and then its a question of whether its Dele or McGoldrick who partners Dex. Anderson’s all-action performance against Scunny may have brought him into the reckoning but I doubt he’ll start. I think the same of McGoldrick, despite his game-changing super-sub introduction on Wednesday. I think Billy has a touch of Cloughie about him and will leave him on the bench just to bring him back down to earth.

    If I were going to stake 50p on the lineup, I’d say Cohen to continue at left back, Garner on the right and Adebola to partner Blackstock.

    Go on Billy, prove how little I know 😉

  11. you owe us all 50p Radgie 🙂

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