Swansea City vs. Forest preview..

Bit late off the mark here, my apologies.  Forest will be full strength aside from Julian Bennett on the long term injury list – and will even be able to welcome back Billy who’s recovered from his illness to take his rightful place in the dugout at The Liberty Stadium in Swansea this weekend.  Once again the Reds put an unbeaten away record on the line, as well as a run this season of twelve league games without tasting defeat.

Much like last weekend we find ourselves playing one of our league neighbours – we dropped down to fourth thanks to Cardiff beating West Brom, Swansea elevated themselves to fifth by beating Plymouth midweek.  So like against Leicester, it’s a ‘winner takes the high ground’ fixture – indeed, third will certainly be up for grabs with Cardiff not in action ’til Sunday against Middlesbrough.

Guy Moussi was the only player aside from Bennett missing for the trip to Sheffield United, where there was a bit of a surprise in Chambers appearing at rightback with Gunter on the wing.  Much as I like Luke, I hope the familiar back five is restored as the Swans are unlikely to offer the same aerial threat as the Blades – but Billy has suggested he will be prepared to mix things up a little as his squad faces his third game in a week.

With the Moose back perhaps he might see an opportunity to rest Paul McKenna – although I doubt it, somehow – maybe changes are likely to come up front given the options we have.  Certainly against footballing Swansea the likes of McGugan, Tyson and Majewski will be dying to have a chance to impress – what a headache, eh?  I’m glad I’m not picking!

Our hosts don’t have any fresh injury concerns – they’re missing Ferrie Bodde in midfield to a long-term injury – we’ll need to watch out for Lee Trundle who always seems to do pretty well against us.  The Swans have had a mixed back of results in the last three, but it took Newcastle to break a run of ten games unbeaten in the league – so they’re certainly a decent side!

They’ve only lost once in the league at home, to Middlesbrough in their first home game – although have chalked up a fair few draws as well as wins.  Not the most fun of trips for the fans, so hopefully the boys in Red can give them something to sing and cheer about in Wales!  Another tough opponent, but if we’ve learned anything, it’s that we’re a tough opponent too.

10 Responses

  1. I think this could well be the one where the fabulous run ends. Please Reds, go and prove (again) that I know sod all about this game.

  2. Suspect that radgie is right, a point today and then 3 next week would be a great way to go into the festive games. If we are then we stand a better chance if getting the targets billy wants to cement us in the play offs for this year

  3. Yes – I have a bad feeling about today’s game too.

    Maybe its just the old Forest pessimism resurfacing because we havent been this good for so long now….well its kinda scary!


  5. Maybe not stylish but what a resUlt. You Reds!!

  6. In King Billy we trust

  7. It was a poor game with nether keeper really worked, one mistake and we got punished. We had 2 or three decent chances from Trundle and Van der Gunn but we really need a 20 goal striker like we had with Jason Scotland. I though Nathan Dyer gave your fullbacks a tough game today – he’s a nightmare to come up against!

    Forest did a job on us. A solid outfit who did their homework, but not as good as I thought they would be (sorry forest fans). QPR looked the most dangerous side this season to visit the Liberty.

    You are good bets to make the playoffs and probably the best team to get close to Newcastle as WBA will have another wobble soon which you could take advanyage of, but I have this feeling that somehow Barnsley will sneak in the playoffs and win – it’s always a team that comes from nowhere that seems to win the playoff final.

    Best of luck!

  8. This all feels a little weird doesn’t it? Its a bit like England’s transformation under Capello. I don’t know about you but I always look at England with slight cynicism. For so long they’ve under achieved and got our hopes up only for them to be shot down usually with nothing more than a whimper from the players. But now even the most hardened cynic has to admit that they are so much better than under McClaren and Erikson. Where as with Forest over the last 3 years I always hoped for the best but realistically I knew deep down that we were a bit shit. But when you introduce a manager who has definitive ideas on how he wants his team to play and gives them the structural and organisational platform to do it on it all starts to come together and good results are achieved.

    I’m not for one second comparing Capello to Davies but what I am saying is that because of the way they have gone about their respective jobs I watch Forest and England with different eyes. I can see what a difference the manager has made to the way the team goes about their jobs. Their is a confidence in the way they carry themselves and a determination that was missing before their arrival.

    I think that I no longer go into watching games hoping for a win but feel confident that if they play well then a result will be forthcoming and that is a massive difference.

    Is it too early for talk like this? Maybe I’ll sink back to my old mindset if we don’t have a good Christmas but for now this is about as good as its been since we had that playoff squad under Paul Hart and that was a long time ago.

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