Middlesbrough vs. Forest preview..

Over 3,000 Reds will be making the trip up north to the Riverside Stadium to cheer on Forest tomorrow.  That in itself is probably testament to the cautious optimism that is starting to ferment gently around the City Ground.  Few are getting too carried away, but the fact we go up to Boro above them in the league is a welcome scenario.

Gordon Strachan’s arrival at Teeside hasn’t had the fairytale start – but he’s bolstered his out-of-form side with the likes of Marcus Bent, Dave Kitson and former Forest loanee Isaiah Osbourne in midfield.  Certainly it will prove a stern test for the Reds after a couple of weeks break, who will still be without Nathan Tyson, and have a half-fit-at-best Dexter Blackstock possibly available.

In better news on the injury front, Robert Earnshaw should almost certainly be fit to take part – I’d expect him to start, and Perch is continuing his quest for fitness and is likely to feature on the bench.  I expect a cagey lineup from Forest as we’ve seen of late, with the quick midfielders given the role of supporting a lone striker.

I expect Boro to be more positive, with their attack-minded loanees and the dangerous Adam Johnson – so there’ll be a degree of early storm-weathering to be done.  However, with a moderately impatient home crowd that will be outsung by the travelling support I’m hoping for a spirited performance from Forest.

Middlesbrough certainly shouldn’t hold any fear for us, we’ve already beaten them this season in the cup – although with a change in manager and some additions to their squad they are a different prospect.  I can’t help but think, if forced into a prediction, that there’s a good chance of the unbeaten run continuing – but no return to winning ways for the mighty Reds.

Looking forward to the trip though, if not the drive – see you all up there! YOOOOOOOOOOU REDS!

9 Responses

  1. Boro are sh!te, their loanee’s won’t have gelled and we’ll win 2-0 with McGugan and Anderson the scorers.

    Easy this prediction malarky 🙂

    On a seperate note, quite a turnaround in opinion from King Billy in his latest interview “He is convinced the Reds can challenge for a place in the Premiership if they are still close to the top ten in February.” I do wish he’d stop contradicting himself or saying one thing and doing another.

  2. cannot wait for tomorrow, it is the second nearest game to my house !! only newcastle will be nearer. setting off early though, do a little bit of valley road and albert park first of all. best give my boy and his pal some real history instead of all that braveheart rubbish they get a school !!

    billy needs to be careful playing politics with the real gaffer, billy has not got a prayer of the scotland job and ND will know that. the committee were here before billy and will be here after. ND has lost a lot of money in the past. the committee have served billy well in my opinion and as a fan we have bought a lot better since the committee. many managers in our league would bite his hand off for the spend and quality that have come in. so stop playing the scotland card as its weak and makes you look silly and concentrate on 3 points tomorrow.

  3. we’ve not lost away for ages, and my boro supporting colleague tells me they haven’t won at home for ages, so if the form guide is believed, the result is obvious….

  4. Forest don’t give in easy these, its an away win.
    Billy has raised the bar now hasn’t he? just in time for signings…

  5. Should be a close game. I’m off to Twickenham tomorrow to watch the All Blacks game and I fancy Forest’s chance far more than England’s! Maintaining our unbeaten run will be a great achievement and what a great turn out by the fans. Hope all 3500 enjoy the atmosphere and outsing the home fans plus put the paltry 300 direby delusionals to shame!

  6. Ha Ha Ha just got the Derby game stats and saw this song. Pure bloody genius – a must for all Forest fans.

  7. Another draw,,and glad Earnie is on the scoresheet.
    Keep up the pressure to get rid of pleat and the panel ! We know what wise did to newcastle and Davies is NOT platt !!
    I have faith in Billy and his team,so let him get the players he wants and get us established in the premiership !!!
    Of course it costs money so make up your mind Nigel where we are going and if you can´t afford it then find someone who can.
    You don´t need Pleat !! If you want to pay him 70,000 a year,then get him cleaning your car,but keep him away from our team and obstructing Billy in executing his job !!

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