So we’re back to the City Ground – where, after the conclusion of the FIFA
palm-greasing blatant bribery-fest World Cup 2018 and 2022 selection process is set to be our home for a little longer that the powers-that-be wanted. I’ve always had strong reservations about leaving the banks of the Trent anyway, so feel somewhat ambivalent whilst retaining a certain level of disgust and disdain for the governing body of our beautiful game.
Anyway, our visitors were also potential World Cup hosts – although Bristol City already have a new ground planned to replace Ashton Gate, not a fictional one in an undermined location with non-specific funding like us. So obviously they might share the disappointment many of our fans feel – but will still have a new ground to move to within the next few years.
The Robins haven’t had a great start to this season – however are on a decent run of form at the moment, losing only one of their last eight games – and winning three out of their last four. We of course followed up an impressive and unusual away win at Cardiff with a lacklustre showing at Leicester City which saw us fall 1-0 and – in truth – if anything that was flattering to us.
We had mounting injury issues – Dele Adebola hobbled off at Leicester marginally more slowly than his usual running pace, Paul McKenna is also likely to remain absent with a groin injury, whilst longer term injury victims David McGoldrick, Dexter Blackstock and Karl Darlow will all be unavailable – potentially paving the way for Marcus Tudgay to make his debut in a Forest shirt.
Our visitors will be missing their captain Lewis Carey – but Christian Ribeiro and Jon Stead are expected to have recovered sufficiently from injury. In their last two games City have scored two and not conceded any – so are certainly going to prove tough customers as Forest defend their unbeaten league run at home which now stretches to 28 games. I have a niggly feeling that run has to end sooner or later…
The weather shouldn’t prove any problem for the Reds to get the game on – certainly the pitch will be fine, but in this modern age of health and safety there will be considerations of the safety of spectators around the environs of the ground. I find it difficult to think that’s likely to occur though – but certainly those of you travelling more than a few miles keep an eye on weather reports.
After such a ragged performance at the Walkers Stadium it’s difficult to muster much in the way of optimism with visitors on decent form, or maybe I’m just being a bit over-grumpy. A big improvement is required from our midfield – both in terms of giving the defence an outlet as well as providing opportunities for our strike-force. Maybe Ramsey could offer a touch of this – certainly we know Majewski is capable of it.
It’s got 1-1 written all over it, hasn’t it? It’s about time Lewis McGugan ended his goal-drought! (sic). In other news, we’re being widely touted to be attempting to sign Leeds striker Luciano Beccio for a million quid… a whole month of speculation before anything can start happening in the January window. Ye gods.
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