Cardiff City vs. Forest preview..

For the second game in a row Forest face the leaders of the league, hoping they can – as they did last week – contribute to them falling from that lofty perch.  After the well-publicised and not uncontroversial goings on at Cardiff this season it has become both a daunting fixture, and one that would be all the more sweet to pick up a victory at.

Anybody who saw their last home game to fierce rivals Swansea City will have seen they’re anything but unbeatable – although the Swans did play a positive game, which is something we seem to struggle to do on our travels.  The travelling Reds fans should be able to give the boys solid backing in a ground that struggles to lnch for forgotten-man Paul Smith.  Kelvin Wilson still remains a doubt with a back injury (and, of course, subject to endless transfer sive up to the atmosphere that Ninian Park could generate from the home fans.On the player front, Forest are without McGoldrick who is once again injured after a training incident.  Reserve ‘keeper Karl Darlow is also struggling which may see a return to the bepeculation – I’m sure those things aren’t related!).

Our hosts have a slight doubt over Chris Burke who picked up a knock away at Scunthorpe last weekend and subsequently missed International duty this week.  Of course, they do have newly capped England international (!!) Jay Bothroyd fighting fit, and a plethora of other dangerous attacking options – not least former Reds target Peter Whittingham, former Reds loanee Michael Chopra and of course Craig Bellamy.

The other big factor they seem to have is the diplomatic immunity from suitable discipline from referees, and of course the safety blanket of being able to appeal any serious decisions that go against them to the Welsh rather than the English FA.  Not that I’m bitter.  Actually, I am, I little bit.

Cardiff are on a decent run of form – as you’d expect, occupying the top spot – although a draw and a defeat have snuck into their last three games.  The Reds are a little behind them in form, but not by too much – although of course, we should remember that our record away from the City Ground is absolute dog shit, to put it frankly.

The Bluebirds are a bit of a bogey team for us in fact, whilst both games last season were draws – Cardiff haven’t actually tasted defeat to Forest in the last nine games they’ve met.  The last time we beat then was in 76-77 as we were promoted to the top flight under Clough and Taylor.  So really we are rather overdue a win!

Plus we all saw what a team in Red and White can do if they go to a fortress of a team that plays in Blue and plays with positivity and belief, didn’t we?  We did if we watched Match of the Day last week where Sunderland swept Chelsea aside with a magnificent performance at Stamford Bridge.

I digress, but for a reason – because the only way I can see us getting a positive result at the Cardiff City Stadium is by adopting a very positive attitude – something I’ve not seen us do since we beat West Bromwich Albion with a fantastic performance.  Whilst Cardiff bristle with attacking options, I’m not that convinced by their defence…

The slight spanner in those particular works is that I struggle to envisage us having that kind of positive approach to the game, and of course we must remember that just as I question Cardiff’s defence, ours has proven severely vulnerable against less impressive frontlines than that which the Bluebirds will pit against us.

I’m reasonably confident we’ll be able to snag a goal or two, but considerably less confident that we will be able to prevent Cardiff from doing the same.  If I were forced to predict I’d go for an optimistic 1-1, but reckon Cardiff are more likely to triumph than us… naturally I would love to be proven wrong and be celebrating come the full time whistle!

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11 Responses

  1. “The other big factor they seem to have is the diplomatic immunity from suitable discipline from referees.”

    What are the stats to back up this bizarre claim?

  2. The fact we (Cardiff City) have to appeal to the FAW is not something we are happy with either, it always seems to be that the Welsh FA try to make impressions that they are more than capable of handling these situations when quite clearly they can only comfortably discipline lower league football. Cardiff City are a well disciplined team and the fact that none of the officials thus far are from the FAW can only be seen as a disadvantage to the welsh teams and an advantage to the english. How many red cards have we appealed to the FAW this season?…. NONE! 2-1 this weekend eith that or a very agonising draw….again!

    • Disciplined my arse! Yes look at that dirty cheating Chopra and his ‘challenge’ on Joe Allen the other week, and lets not mention the sly little stamp on Joe’s calf later in the game when he was down injured. Both red card offences.
      Talking of which, the FAW rescinded a red card given to Darren Purse so he could play at wembley, when Swansea City’s Garry Monk tried to get his rescinded he was given an extra 2 game ban for appealing. The FAW have a number of CCFC season ticket holders on their board no wonder the scummy gits get all the decisions.
      Just remember karma is a bitch! eh!

      PS as a footnote you were well and truly beaten today AGAIN on your own patch! Well done Forest!

  3. I’m rather worried about Bothroyd and Bellamy tearing our centre-halves to shreds.
    Chopra will be spending half the game being a nasty cheating little f*cker getting away with it, as usual. But no doubt he’ll score what turns out to be the winning goal. Tosser.

    Obviously like most right-minded football fans I’m not a fan of CCFC, given how they’ve gone about their business recently.
    But lets be honest all they’ve done is manipulated and cheated a very weak system. It goes on all the time. Sad but true.

    Hell, I might not submit my accounts next year and not bother paying my tax bill, after all I MIGHT win the lottery.
    Ho hum.

    Best way to cheer me up boys is for Big Wes to bury Chopra before storming up the other end and belting a 25yarder into the top corner!

    • “…given how they’ve gone about their business recently”, “cheated a very weak system”.

      Wot?!

      • its not difficult, you have a premiership player and you are not paying anywhere near the wages he is actually earning

  4. I have a sneaky little feeling about this one they were awful when I saw them against Swansea.Take the game to them Forest and play with passion and I think we can get something.

    Our forwards are due a goal EARNIE time to stand up.Lewis will give them problems on Saturday as Cardiff are very offensive.We will be up for this im confident !!!

    U reds

  5. I have no problem with Cardiff fans. But I fucking hate how the club have gotten away with murder!!!!
    I hope the gamble fails and they go BUST in a big way!

    *we’re Nottingham Forest and we pay our bills”

    I also think that Mr Jones is becoming a sanctomious ****! However apart from that I love anything they do!!!

  6. Never been happier that a nice and smart person like you were wrong!

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