Crystal Palace vs. Forest preview..

Forest travel to South London safe in the knowledge that the ‘flag-gate’ nonsense has now been dealt with by our ponderous authorities.  Both Forest and Derby have been fined (part of which is suspended) a nominal amount, and Tyson has been fined £5k and given a suspended two-match ban.  Perhaps a small hillock made out of a molehill more than anything, but at least it’s sorted.

Forest of course are the form team at the moment – Guy Moussi’s injury time strike gave us a much craved fifth league win in a row against similarly in-form Barnsley, so confidence will be high travelling to Selhurst Park.  Although that win came at a cost – with injuries to key man Dexter Blackstock, doubts over Tyson and a suspension for the Moose whose over-excitement at scoring lead to his second booking of the match.

Our hosts Crystal Palace have had a mixed bag of form lately – two wins, two draws and a defeat in their last five league outings – they’re certainly unlikely to to pushovers.  They’re unbeaten in three at home – but then again, we’re unbeaten away full stop so far this season – certainly I don’t think the Eagles will be relishing the timing of our visit, however they will be keen to be the team to end our impressive run.  Particularly with the wily Neil Warnock in charge.

Palace have a few injury niggles – exciting youngster Victor Moses picked up an injury in their recent game with Cardiff, missing their midweek match with Leicester.  Ambrose and former-Red Stern John are also on the road to recovery from injury – both having made appearances from the bench in recent games.  Given Stern has a few years under his belt since his time at Forest, I can’t say he fills me with dread – so there’s a jinx for your if ever you heard one!

The mighty Reds will of course be missing Guy Moussi who is suspended for a match, Dexter will be missing – and how we will miss him – due to the knee injury collected against Barnsley.  Tyson may be a doubt – not because of his wallet-injury – but he also picked up an ankle injury against the Tykes.  So a reshuffle for Billy is pretty much forced.

I would perhaps expect Majewski to come in for Moussi, and perhaps Billy sticking with McGoldrick in perhaps a more advanced role than midweek – supporting Adebola up front.  Whilst Earnie is making progress I think this game will come to soon.  If Tyson is unavailable then Cohen may push forward with Lynch apparently available after a nasty bout of food poisoning.

Looking forward to the trip, and as I’m spending the weekend with some pals in the capital a match report may be later than usual – I will try to utilise my mobile internet capabilities to put something online, but no promises!  I might manage to wangle my way onto a proper PC – but otherwise I’m sure you won’t mind waiting ’til Sunday for a match report!

Whilst I think about it, don’t forget to enter my competition to win a signed copy of Dave Armitage’s excellent book ‘150 BC: Cloughie the Inside Stories.  It’s free to enter, so you’ve nothing to lose!  Thanks to those of you who’ve already entered – I will get around to acknowledging the entries by email when I have a chance.  You have until next Wednesday before entries close.

13 Responses

  1. Not related to your post, but great to see this page is now optimised for iPhone viewing. Nice one.

  2. Hopefully the trip to the capital will prove fruitful.

    Looking over there Fan sites there not that confident. i think tys having a rest may not be as bad as it seems due to his explosive style of play, though blackstock will be sourly missed.

    You Reeeeeeeeds

  3. This is the nearest champsionship ground to where I live in Balham so I can get the bus to the ground!

  4. I’m going to this too 🙂 got to sit in the home end though 😦

  5. Can’t help reading that as “the willy Neil Warnock”….

  6. warnock is a brilliant manager…he’s like marmite..personally i hate marmite ,but i think neil warnock is a working class hero’s manager if you know what i mean….we will find it very very difficult to crack his side . 10 men behind the ball…..i predict a 1-1 draw….i predict a draw at best against the master tactition…..what does any body else think??????????????///

    • I too greatly admire Warnock in many ways, I even quite like his cartoon villain persona.

      That said, he hasn’t seemed to quite get to the same levels he managed at the Blades in the Championship at Palace to me.

      I do think the game will prove a challenge, though!

  7. I live down south so i’m taking the trip from High Wycombe for this one aswell. Lawrence why you sitting in the home end? Tickets available for Forest end on the day, thats what i’m doing

  8. Ah I just guessed the away allocation will get sold out, will try for these then.

  9. neil warnock is just an old robbie savage, old robbie savage, your just an old robbie savage!

    hope tyson does play today, want to get “we’ll pay your fine for you” started for the lad, he’s just become a father, again and poor little hendrix needs keeping in nappies!

    you reds

  10. Result, in away end! UUUU REEEEDDDDDDS!

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