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.
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