Forest vs. Barnsley preview..

Somebody’s run is going to have to end on Tuesday.  Barnsley are resurgent under new boss Mark Robins, who of course already played a pivotal role in history at the City Ground by scoring the goal that supposedly saved Sir Alex Ferguson’s career.  Now, as manager of the Tykes he’s engineered a run of three consecutive league wins – with Forest of course on a run of four having despatched Newcastle on Saturday.

Disappointingly we’re unlikely to see the same kind of attendance that the visit of the Toon Army helped draw to the City Ground, but hopefully the fans will have noted how helpful the positive atmosphere around the place is to the on-field performance.

Forest – as we well know – are now sitting in the strange position of seveth place, on equal points with fifth and sixth.  Barnsley are currently in a lowly nineteenth after a shaky start to the season – although given the way the first twelve games have panned out a win for the Tykes at the City Ground could put them up to twelfth in the table and just a couple of points off the playoff places.

On the injury front we are missing long term injuries Perch and Bennett, whilst Earnshaw too is out for a few weeks with a calf injury.  The Newcastle game doesn’t appear to have cost us any other personnel despite both McKenna and Anderson being substituted after picking up slight niggles.  Billy might choose to rotate a few players though after a tough workout against the Geordies.

Our visitors too find themselves in fine fettle after beating Yorkshire rivals Doncaster at the weekend.  Former Mansfield defender Bobby Hassell is their only missing player, cultured midfielder Da Silva has recently recovered from injury and may feature in a starting place having been given a run out from the bench against Donny on Saturday.

I would say that Dex is our man to watch – which I realise is starting to sound repetitive – although I would also note that he was looking decidedly jaded in the second half at the weekend, and probably would have been substituted had it not been for McKenna’s niggle.  For our opponents they’ve spread their goals around a few players this season so far – Hammill, Macken and Gray all have three, Bogdanovic, Hume and Da Silva all have a couple.

At the back Barnsley have shipped a few goals though – so I am expecting them to arrive equipped to frustrate and try to hit us on the break.  If Billy gets his tactics right then this game is eminently winnable – however, Barnsley are no slouches and the Reds need to take this seriously, and I have no reason to think they won’t do so.

So fingers crossed it isn’t a case of ‘after the lord mayors show’ for Forest – a smaller and realistically less vocal crowd will be there, so it might feel like somewhat of an anti-climax for the players compared to the full house and buzzing atmosphere at the weekend.  With a bit of luck more fans will be lured to the ground, and to get behind the Reds.

6 Responses

  1. nffc – go to bed !!!! just got back from rock city myself (frank turner) and could’nt resist a snnek !!!!!

    • I’ve wrecked my sleep-pattern thanks to last night’s indulgences!

      Work tomorrow is going to be interesting…

      • dont wanna think about tommorow – did’nt go to bed last night, had four hours sleep this afto and now i’m past it !!! tuesday should be a formality after toppling the toon but hey we support nottingham forest so anything is possible as we’ve seen so many times over the years……goodnight,sweet dreams………

  2. nffc you are a legend.

  3. I expect Garner and Chambers back for this one,but you never know. We should win this one anyway…..

  4. 2 points off the top !!!!!!
    I´m getting dizzy !!
    Keep it going Lads !!!!!!!!!!!

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