The Reds will be looking to turn performances into points against the Canaries at the City Ground on Saturday. Despite moments of encouraging play in our opening three league games, Forest have yet to notch a win due to a melting pot of inconsistency, wasting chances and slight-too-wide goalposts. Norwich have a had a decent start to their return to this league, so certainly won’t prove easy opponents – having notched wins in their last two league games against Scunthorpe and Swansea.
With the predictable complete lack of news relating to signings, I suspect Billy won’t have any new faces to factor in to his selection ahead of the game. McKenna is still in some doubt after feeling a hamstring twinge at Reading, given that we’ll lose some players for International games soon I guess if there’s any doubts around him he’ll continue to be rested. Gunter remains suspended thanks to the zealous FA, and of course McGoldrick remains on the long-term sick list.
Norwich are a bit short in defence with Whitbread and Nelson suffering injuries – although new loan signing Leon Barnett may well slot in for a debut at the City Ground. Drury and Crofts were rested in their midweek defeat in the Carling Cup to Blackburn due to slight injury concerns – but both are likely to be fit and ready to face Forest. Of course, there’s the ex-player factor here for both sides with Earnie likely to feature for us – and former striker (or right-winger in Smoulderwood’s befuddled mind) Grant Holt for Norwich who will both be eager to impress against former clubs.
Holt has made a real name for himself amongst Norwich fans – indeed, when he first arrived at Forest I really liked the bustling frontman – unfortunately he was marginalised when then manager Smoulderwood opted to play him wide right. He’s certainly been amongst the goals for the Canaries though, and I’m sure he’ll be keen to give Wes and Kelvin plenty to think about at the back.
However, we are at home – and without being disrespectful should certainly be expecting to get the better of Norwich. That’s not of course to say those expectations will be met – but that’s where I’m at. I would like to see us get that first win, and get it reasonably comfortably too – however, Paul Lambert is a canny manager and won’t make it easy for us, so we need to be on our game preferably for more than the 20 minutes or so we managed against Leeds..
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