Forest vs. Coventry City preview..

So here’s the opportunity to finish 2009 on a high, on a run of sixteen games unbeaten.  Gosh.  It’s been quite a calendar year hasn’t it?  With Smoulderwood sacked on Boxing Day 2008, Billy has pretty much been in charge for a year give or take, and what a transformation the wee man has affected on Nottingham Forest.  So yes, anyway, match preview.

Coventry are coming.  They beat Doncaster 1-0 at the Ricoh Arena yesterday, so won’t be feeling too shabby – Donny had been on an excellent run.  The Reds of course ground out a tough 0-0 draw with Watford at Vicarage Road, and whilst it wasn’t a great display from the Reds they’ll be eager to get out onto a pitch that won’t cut up and play some football.

The Reds only new concern is that of Wes Morgan who has been suffering from a bout of tonsilitis.  When I were a lad they just whipped out troublesome tonsils, but that doesn’t seem to be the case these days.  If Wes is unable to play then we’ll stick with Luke Chambers at the back to partner Kelvin in central defence.

Earnie and Raddy will be eager to return to the starting eleven after both dropping to the bench at Watford, as will Dexter Blackstock.  As ever, I won’t try to second guess Billy too much, but I would expect a more attacking line-up.  I wonder whether Billy will have thought Lewis did enough to keep his place ahead of Majewski – we’ll see!

Our opponents have no fresh concerns – former Red midfielder Sammy Clingan may feature, returning to the bench on Boxing Day after a length spell out.  Periodically he’s been banging in all manner of long range freekicks which he never seemed to do when he was with us!  We’ll need to keep an eye on Freddie Eastwood too, who had a glut of goals before Christmas after a barren spell.

Coventry can be a decent side on their day but are wildly inconsistent – which goes some way to explaining their lower-mid-table league placing currently (indeed, they finished lower-mid-table last season too, just a couple of places above us).  This for me is not a game to sit back and defend to hit on the counter, it’s a game for us to take by the scruff of the neck and attack.

Then again, I think all games should be like that in my little blinkered world!  Hopefully you can all lever yourselves out of your chairs and dragged your turkey-leadened selves to the City Ground and witness a decent match!  As ever this season, I’m really looking forward to it whilst simultaneously finding it strange to be looking forward to watching Forest again…

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  1. Im hopeful of another 3 points at Fortess CG. On paper this is a home banker but we all know football is never played on paper!!! Still Billy has fashioned a side that do their best to avoid banana skins so I carry an optimism about Forest these days which is greater than its ever been for a long long time.

    We will miss Wes but im hoping Earnie and Dex will be back with Magic back in midfield.

  2. Interesting that Chambo has played twice recently – neither have been our best performances against ‘tricky’ opposition, but both have resulted in clean sheets and 0-0 draws – good to have some strength in depth.

    Can’t be there tomorrow, but look forward to the regular updates and hopefully another 3 points to maintain both the run and a bit of pressure on West Brom.

  3. NFFC spot on; Cov are inconsistent but have the potential to upset so we have to be on our mettle. Still what a year- in dreamland @ Man City, in despair @ Burnley.
    Remember fellow Red’s supporters; we’ve got a cracker in charge in the form of little Billy, so enjoy the promotion charge.
    Up the Reds!!

  4. […] hit his face (not sure that it is the Forest way, but I suppose these things even themselves out). Coventry today, and this should surely see us extend the increasingly impressive unbeaten run (I hope I […]

  5. Well, a nice 2-0 result and we see the year out still on an unbeaten run.

    I’m remembering now exactly what people are saying cos if it all starts to go a bit pear shaped in the new year (which realistically could happen especially during the spring) it’ll be interesting to see how quickly the fans turn on Billy.

    I think Billy needs to find another Mckenna type because if we lose him for any length of time I reckon the games we’ve been scraping a draw from will turn into defeats and the scrappy wins draws.

    Do we really expect to go up? Is ‘expect’ the wrong word and its still really ‘hope’? I’m just enjoying the results and, in the main, the quality of football we are playing. I really hope we can carry on playing this well but I hope more that we back the manager and team when/if it does go wrong.

  6. won’t be long before the fans turn on billy as i have had it from a good source at the city ground that there will be no new signings in the january transfer window, apparently nigel and mark are waiting to see if we are in the play offs ,and depending what happens then only then will they decide when and what to spend. personally i think that the requsition panel need to sanction the signing of at least four new faces . but thats not going to happen like i said . that is when the fans will turn on billy at the end of jan / middle of feb. its not billys fault he has been given his budget and he has spent it (wisely ) but thats it i’m affraid WATCH THIS SPACE FOR MORE INFO ….PS KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK AGENT CLOUGH !!

    • Hmm, I hear lots of things – transfer windows are a nightmare of gossip and rumours, I’ve all but given up on passing it on because it invariably turns out to be wrong!

      Add to the self-confessed “I only talk bollocks to the press” from Billy, it’s hard to know what his actual position is – I know he says he’d like to make three major permanent signings and loan Shorey ’til the end of the season – but I take that with a pinch of salt.

      I would hope that the fans don’t turn on the manager though. Past experience would suggest Forest fans typically turn on Doughty and/or Mark Arthur (and of course David Pleat) when signings don’t happen.

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