The Reds could get three wins on the bounce tomorrow for the first time in, ooh, ages… I’m sure somebody with a better attention to detail that me! That said, we face a loooong trip to a team who’ve snagged five wins out of their last six games. Whether Billy opts to change the side that did so well against Ipswich remains to be seen.
Pompey have well documented issues – indeed, this time last week they looked set to be liquidated briefly. Despite this Cotterill has his side – assembled surprisingly expensively considering their lack of money – performing well, it will prove a challenging encounter for Forest who’ve struggled to translate their impressive home record to their travels.
Ryan Bertrand is almost certain to return following his suspension against Ipswich which should see Gunter return to right back. Personally I thought our central defence looked much improved and more composed with Wilson back in the fold so would certainly hope to see him retain his place (no offence, Luke!).
The other factor to consider is what he opts for upfront, will McGoldrick retain his place leading the line, will Billy restore Blackstock to the line-up or will Robbie Earnshaw have recovered sufficiently for his injury to push for a starting place. I was impressed with David against Ipswich, so certainly wouldn’t mind seeing him get another opportunity to impress.
Whilst our hosts have some big name players – they do have a squad similar in size to ours. Unfortunately for us they’re reporting no injury concerns – and the fact they’ve snagged 17 goals in their last six games demonstrates well their attacking threat. Nugent is certainly a key man to watch, and Hermann Hreidarsson may again be on the bench to add an extra potential threat after a long lay-off.
Forest haven’t had the ‘pleasure’ of visiting Fratton Park since 2002/2003 – so it’s been a while. We lost 2-0 then and Portsmouth were promoted. It’s a long journey, it’s not a particularly nice ground and of course there’s always that gimp with the bell to contend with too – a tricky fixture on and off the pitch, that’s for sure!
A difficult one to call, Portsmouth are on a great run of games and have a cracking first eleven if not much depth. Whether Lewis can continue his run of goals seems questionable, and whilst our defence should be playing decently, it’s hard to imagine the home side not snagging a goal – it’s hard to imagine us scoring more than once away… which suggests a draw at best.
Ha, get me – two wins on the bounce and I become a pessimist again! Sorry the report is late, it’s been a bit hectic at nffcblog Towers!
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