West Bromwich Albion vs. Forest preview..

This game is pretty damn huge.  Sky must be delighted that a game they picked some time ago has taken on this level of significance – a real test of our still unreal-seeming push for a top two place.  The Baggies are two points ahead of us, and also have a game in hand, so if we really want to keep the pressure on then really a win is what Billy and the boys must be looking for.  Gulp.

It’s fair to say our recent away trips have been set up rather differently to our home games – a much more ‘functional’ feel to the more attack-minded home performances has often found us not taking the game to opponents quite so much.  With West Brom being the highest scorers in the league at home (we are joint second with QPR) and us being the lowest conceders on our travels – I would suspect strongly Billy will err on the side of caution.

After our impressive cup performance against Birmingham we’re able to restore loan man Nicky Shorey – so a more familiar feel to our defensive unit is likely, even though the reshuffled back line performed well against the Blues.  As we have become accustomed to, Bennett and Moussi are our only injury concerns – so Billy has a full array of options to choose from.

Our hosts have a doubt over apparent-Forest-target Joe Mattock who is nursing an injury, and are hoping to debut loan signing Tamas subject to a work permit coming through for him.  The man to watch for Albion lately has been Graham Dorrans who has recently signed a new deal, the midfielder is their joint top scorer with eight goals.  West Brom have a pretty decent home record, although our’s is better but they’ve won seven out of twelve, whereas on our travels we’ve won three out twelve (although, more crucially, lost none!).

I can’t see this game being a draw (quick, bet on a draw now!).  Depending on which side can get on top I think they’ll triumph, so hopefully we’ll not only be celebrating keeping our unbeaten away record intact – it will be three points too.  However, as we already know from our encounter in August, West Brom are capable of unleashing a suckerpunch even when outplayed – so the defence needs to stay alert, and Earnie needs to stay away from taking penalties!

With the match being televised on Sky all eyes will be on officially the form team of the division – which has given Billy a well deserved nomination (again!) for manager of the month, I think he has to be considered a strong contender and I reckon he might get it.  Having only let in one goal and kept five clean sheets in a row, Lee Camp is up for player of the month too – although I think he might get trumped by Darren Pratley who had a great month for Swansea.

A tough prospect – but we need to overcome tough prospects to flourish, and this side have come up against plenty of those intact this season despite by residual negativity.  Even so, this is the biggest challenge our unbeaten away record has faced in a while, and years of watching rubbish still leaves me a bit on the pessimistic side.  But the Reds are gradually beating that out of me.  I’m looking forward to it, which is progress!

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  1. We’ll go there and park the bus – as we always do these days. Its fair enough against a decent side like WBA though. Lump on nil – nil I reckon!

  2. 0-0 I’ll take that thank you very much. If it survives the Weather (as WBA have said it will) then I’ll be going to see the team. Already got in my head what I’ll need to wear…. Eskimo clothes!! Anyone know where to get them from?

  3. Nunavut in Canada maybe… might be a bit short-notice though!

    Wrap up warm!

  4. Our confidence is so high at the moment I can see us getting the 3 points.I
    It will be a good advert for championship football.
    I hope I can get one of the P2P internet streams !!
    Lets also hope Birmingham get shattered trying to beat United on saturday !!

  5. I do not think we will lose. Our defense is fantastic. A draw would be great….there are still quite a few games to go til the season’s end…so it would not be too much of a disaster if we lost.

  6. nffc is right I think this is as tough as it gets this season. Given we’ve beaten Newcastle at home, that away trip holds less trepidation even though they are good at home.

    I can see WBA getting a 1-0 win to be honest and losing there shouldn’t be a cause for concern because they are very strong. We are a team that was battling relegation this time last season so we have to be realistic of what to expect. The unbeaten run is great but we can’t expect it to last for the season, it has to end some time and tomorrow will probably be it if we are all honest with ourselves. I’m Hoping to win obviously but thats what it is, hope, not expectation. I think the moment we start expecting to beat teams like WBA away then we’re all going to start getting bitter and disappointed again.

    redbrowne is right in saying our defense is fantastic. It is. But general law of averages dictates that Forest can’t keep drawing/winning away especially when the odds against us are in the form of WBA.

    Sorry to bring a downer but after we lose our unbeaten run we’ll lose to Birmingham as well, which’ll serve us right for not beating them at the City Ground. Then lets see how we kick on from that. That is when we will truly be able to measure our promotion credentials, when we’ve lost a few and see how the team reacts.

  7. agree with AD_BC dont think we’ll get anything tommorow night, saying that though with the formation billy will likely go for,it will see us defending from the front one/two because of WBA goal threat at home….but ninety odd minutes trying to stop the oppo scoring is too negative for the flying reds at the moment so forget what i’ve just said and get your money on a forest 3-0 romp at the hawthorns with two earnie penalties and another raddy rocket…..just read that our very own Victor Chandler are sponsoring West Broms shirts for the live televised game due to some deal they’ve done with Albion – they dont have a shirt sponsor do they ?????

  8. Why should any forest player fear west brom ? we have matched every team in this division and beaten newcastle and should have beat brum on saturday.No way will the lads be scared thats a forest under the likes of calderwood this is wake up time for all you pessimistic reds no fear in billy davies teams.

    Billy will have the boys go out and show them no undue respect keep it tight for first 45 then have a right pop at them.One thing we cant do is allow them to play as they have a bit of quality i think they will fear us and 17 unbeaqten speaks volumes.

    U reds

  9. I am pretty confident we will take the 3 points and I don’t think we have anything to lose on this occasion.

    I would expect the Baggies to be favourites, so what’s the harm in having a go?! Win and we take 2nd place for a week or so and just maybe, put a bit of pressure on Newcastle? Lose (or draw) and the commentators will say that Newcastle and WBA are the favourites for automatic promotion with Forest a good bet for the play-offs – which is exactly as it is now anyway.

    So, 2-0 to the Reds – the 2nd at the end of the game when the Baggies are searching for an equalizer.

    U Reds!

  10. Polish football fans thank Nottingham for Radek Majewski great supporting. In Poland, he was typical amc, now Radek plays well also in defence. Hope, we will see him in national squad. In my opinion he is better than Obraniak, our current amc. Greetings from snowly Poland. Hey

    • Thank you too! We love Radek (or Raddy as we call him), and really hope we sign him permanently when the loan is finished.

  11. This is a massive game. Back in Aug WBA got lucky at our place but a 6 point swing against them will prolly seal our fate to a fight in the play offs rather than securing a top two automatic promotion spot.

    Don’t get me wrong it would still be a great problem for Billy to have to deal with considering the crap start to the season but promotion via the play off’s is a management nightmare in a way since there is far less time to prepare for the step up.

  12. PolishF1

    Greetings from snowly England. Magic is Magic is Magic!

  13. Nice to hear it! U welcome! 🙂 Everytime when Radek appears in polish tv, internet sites, newspapers, he says that Nottingham Forest is his 2nd home, players and supporters are the best. Even some language barier is nothing, couse football is this same everywhere on the world (except usa- hahaha) TAKE CARE, Wish U Premiere League in next season.

    • Polish F1 – Get to see the goal he scored tonight against West Brom. Magic just Magic…A absolute belter!!! 🙂

      • I’ve grabbed a YouTube of it into my match report (online now) – I doubt it will last long.

        Amazing goal.

        Radoslaw Majewski = rapidly becoming a Forest legend!

  14. “Magic” like Maciej Żurawski when he playd in celtic. Yeah it’s realy difficult to proununce

  15. im a villa fan ok and im taking intrest on nickey shorey since ive heard good things about him i wanted to know what the fans think of him and how much are you going to have him for because he has been s*** for us but ny the way 2-0 against the baggies good scoreline boys, see you next year at villa park yeah?

    • I would be very happy to see us tie up a permanent deal for Shorey. Our defence is quite young and his experience has been invaluable. Comfortable on the ball, able to pass it – just the ticket!

      Hopefully we’ll be at Villa park next year – hopefully you can get another run together and boot Liverpool out that top four!!

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