Whilst we’re unbeaten in four, I imagine we’re getting bored of 1-1 draws at the moment! Having said that, if we can (and I freely acknowledge it’s a big if) continue the levels of performance in the second half against Millwall we should be able to give Preston a good run for their money. Having said that, Preston will be keen to make amends for their weekend activities.
They were 3-1 up at Burnley with six minutes to go and ended up losing 4-3! That’s the kind of epic collapse you generally only expect to see from Forest in a play-off match! That said, the catalyst for the turnaround was a rather contentious sending off of Billy Jones, so perhaps we shouldn’t judge too harshly.
The only new injury concern is a fairly serious one – Robbie Earnshaw came off early against Millwall with a hamstring twinge – whilst it’s not thought to be serious there’s some investigation underway to make sure there’s not something underlying the problem with it being a recurring injury. The good news is Gunter is back in contention having served his ridiculous suspension.
Our hosts have a few issues, with King and James both picking up ankle injuries against Burnley, and Billy Jones will begin his suspension so not be available for selection. With two defeats in their last two games (both away) they’ll be keen to keep their home form going – which is limited, since they’ve only played there once – beating Pompey.
The Reds obviously have yet to register a win this season, and well into last season if we start looking at when we last won away. So chicken-counting is something we should certainly steer clear of, particularly as Preston do seem to have a pretty good record over us through the years. Hopefully Billy and McKenna will spur on the lads to get one over their old club.
I never like to be too optimistic but have a good feeling about this one, I’m afraid I’m radio-bound for this one, so those of you that make the trip up to Lancashire I’ll be particularly keen to hear from (but of course it’s lovely to hear from all of you). With a bit of luck my absence will prove to be some kind of omen, although I hope not as I have tickets for Hull!…
A decent win would do my nerves some good, and hopefully start to focus fans further on supporting the team rather than peddling silly rumours.
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