Billy Davies has been doing such a good job at deflecting attention away from the team that you’d be forgiven for letting tomorrow’s match at the Ricoh Arena slipping your mind. Indeed, if you read some reactions to goings on you’d be forgiven for thinking the apocalypse was imminent at Trentside (that was the worst one I found, but there’s plenty across all the message boards I’ve looked at that makes me feel like headbutting my desk!).
So anyway, I’m not going to let Billy or doom-mongers distract me from what should be an interesting encounter with the Sky Blues. Coventry impressed me at the City Ground, and it wasn’t that long ago we faced them at the back end of December, with a decent counter-attacking performance which perhaps meant the 2-0 scoreline to us was a tad flattering. That said, they looked vulnerable to the counter too, with a not-particularly-quick defence – so maybe our pace at the back (I recall Wilson playing particularly well here) was the difference.
I expect Raddy to miraculously have his head suddenly in the right place for this game and take a starting place, and probably Anderson to come in for Tyson too. I can’t help but think Billy will be tempted to drop Earnie to the bench in favour of adding Raddy into midfield, which will suit a quick-breaking attack style of play against a defence that lacks pace. The only other Reds issue I have been mulling over is whether McKenna might be in need of a rest which may see is line up in a four-four-two.
Perch will continue to deputise as a left-back I think, Billy strangely said that Cohen didn’t want to play at left-back and made it sound like that was the end of the story. Personally I think we would desperately miss him in midfield regardless, and so long as the left-sided midfielder is on-hand to support him, Perch should do fine there. He doesn’t always look comfortable, but our options are severely limited – I hope the fans at the Ricoh will back him better than those at Pride Park did.
Our hosts have no fresh injury concerns either – danger-man Freddie Eastwood came through their draw with Bristol City after a knee injury with no issue. Turner, Hall and Clarke are likely to remain sidelined for this game, though. The Sky Blues are on a run of three consecutive draws at the moment and find themselves sat firmly in mid-table at 15th. Despite this, I think this will be a tricky game, but hopefully with Coventry attempting to play a bit of football will allow Forest to reciprocate in kind, rather than the last couple of physical encounters we’ve had.
Finally for my fellow travelling Reds fans, we’ve sold pretty much all the tickets – let’s get behind the lads better than we did at Derby. Put this nonsense speculation coming from some quarters from your minds and do your jobs as supporters, back the lads to the hilt and let them know we’re behind them a hundred per cent. We were a good team before we got Shorey on loan, and we’re a good team now – there will still be twists and turns to come, but let’s not add to any feelings of unsettlement that might or might not be occurring.
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