Tuesday sees the Reds put their unbeaten run of eleven games (or indeed, nine months away from the City Ground) on the line against the Blades, which for quite a few Forest fans is a bit of a grudge match.
Our hosts are on a run of three consecutive wins having had a tough few results, although if reports are to be believed they have hardly been convincing encounters, and the few United fans I know certainly are regarding our own performances on The Football League show with a certain degree of concern at the prospect of playing us.
That’s nice, isn’t it? Still feels like a slightly odd concept to me, to be witnessing such a dramatic turnaround and having opponents fear us a bit – particularly those like the Blades who are seasoned campaigners in the Championship – and would usually expect to be perhaps a tad higher in the league than they are at present.
The Reds came through their training session against Leicester (fnar) with no real injury concerns, aside from the worry about Tyson hobbling around. However, I can imagine perhaps a more cautious approach from Billy – although if he opts for five across the middle, can he really drop Earnie after five goals in three games? I don’t think he could play Earnie alone upfront.
So maybe we will go with a four-four-two. I don’t feel qualified to decide what’s best – I shall leave that headache for Billy to work out! Sheffield United were without top scorer Henderson at the weekend, but he might be fit to play – Fortune and Camara are out, but Naysmith could feature as he returned to the bench against Plymouth on saturday.
From what I can gather the Blades have a similar style of play to our most recent opponents, a – um, robust and direct style would be the politically correct way of putting it, I think. If the Reds can nullify this as well as they did against the Foxes then it will bode well for us – with goal threats coming from strikers and midfield alike of late, we should be able to give the Blades defence plenty to worry about.
Predictions? Tough call – we’ve scored in the last eleven games, and of course have put in nine in our last two. Much like I predicted for the Leicester game I would predict a low scoring game – but well, it just goes to show what I knew there. Certainly given a favourable wind the mighty Reds are capable of winning, I will certainly be disappointed to see our unbeaten away run end here.
Cor, that sounded like optimism to me!
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