Ah, last home game of the season – hopefully the feel of close-season can be quelled to drive three points to finish an excellent season of results at the City Ground. Our visitors come in the knowledge they’re already down, sadly failing their fight against the drop last weekend – so in many ways it will be pressure off them, and all eyes on the Reds to get the point they need to secure a third or fourth placed finish.
An unfamiliar line-up was selected to face Blackpool in our last outing, with Billy keen to give a bit of match-day experience to some of the fringe players. Whether he opts for a similar stance or whether he decides to redeploy the likes of Gunter, Blackstock, Earnshaw and Majewski remains to be seen – whilst I wouldn’t like to risk injury to anyone, I’d hope for a more ‘established’ starting eleven.
On the injury front it’s just the skipper and Bennett we’re missing, so we do have a full choice from our squad. Given his promising game at Blackpool it might be tempting for the gaffer to stick with Lynch at left back regardless of whether he wants a more ‘first team’ line up or not. Aside from that Billy will have a better view of who is jaded and may need a rest or who may be nursing a slight or potential injury.
As for the visitors, no injury worries – but they might well opt for an unfamiliar team selection just to freshen things up now there’s nothing to lose. Two former-Reds (albeit as loanees) could be involved in the shape of Carl Fletcher and Damien Johnson. Regardless of their inevitable fate this season, they’ll be keen to finish their travels on a high and get a result against us. Plymouth have also confirmed they’re parting company with former-manager Paul Sturrock today.
All in all, the Reds should have enough in the tank to get a win I would’ve thought – but can’t take Plymouth for granted. The usual plea for no pitch invasions has been issued by the manager which – combined with the mighty red-and-white tape – is likely to not be heeded, and then we’ll end up getting the ‘walk around’ anyway once the fans have been cleared. It’s irrelevant to me as an Upper Tier dweller regardless!
The only other thing that remains is not Forest related at all (although does involve one of our fans quite extensively!) and that’s to wish Carl Froch all the very best in his Boxing match against Mikkel Kessler. Having overcome the lack of ability to fly in Europe, ‘The Cobra’ managed to get over to Denmark, and will face the Dane on Saturday night. I for one will be cheering him on!
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