Forest vs. Preston North End preview..

Back to the City Ground after Forest’s excellent return-on-matches away from home continued with four points from trips to Sheffield United and Swansea City.  The run of unbeaten games now sits at unlucky thirteen, and we entertain Billy’s old side Preston North End infront of the Sky cameras tomorrow in our last game in Nottingham this side of Christmas.

For Billy and of course skipper Paul McKenna this game will have extra meaning because both have strong associations with the Lancashire side.  Kelvin Wilson of course also spent some time up there having signed there from Notts County but struggling to make an impact at Deepdale.  Fans are advised to wrap up warm as winter is really starting to bite around the midlands.

We all know about the Reds recent run, Preston have had a less auspicious recent set of results.  Their 2-0 win over Plymouth last weekend represents their only win in the last eight games – so that puts them down at 13th compared to our 4th place before a ball is kicked.  They are without Youl Mawene and Barry Nicholson who are injured long term – with Billy Jones likely to be available.

The Reds are just missing Guy Moussi to an ankle injury and long term absentee Julian Bennett.  Which gives Billy his usual selection poser – certainly in the striking department where he has the decision to make over changing his front line or sticking with last weekend’s combination which yielded the matchwinning goal from David McGoldrick.  Personally I can’t see past Dexter and Earnie as a preferred strikeforce – although Billy will be more clued up on our opponents than me!

It would be great to go into the festive period with a solid home win – certainly the Reds have no reason to be anything other than positive in their approach, but Preston are a solid side too who’ve been perhaps on a run that belies their potential.  We need to watch out for Ross Wallace in midfield for the visitors, and well, they have a sheep on their badge so surely that’s reason enough to want three points?

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  1. PS: Match Report will be delayed (makes a change huh?!) as I’m off out for Christmas drinks straight after the game.

  2. Lets hope your post match drinks are celebrating more than just christmas NFFC!

    Enjoy….

  3. Well done Forest !
    I actually saw it on the net, with I talian commentary turned down and the Forest commentary turned up,but found the commentary a few seconds ahead,so I heard the goals before I saw them !!
    Anyway the important thing is also the improvement in our goals difference which may make a difference between 2nd and 3rd at the end of the season !
    Happy Christmas Everyone !!!

  4. Let your hangover clear NFFC & then sit, read & enjoy the league table. You Reds!!!

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