As we all have that nice mellow comedown from yesterday’s demolition job on Derby, we have the visit of the Tykes to look forward to as we’re trying to shake off New Years Eve hangovers. Billy has been quick to talk of not losing focus, and will have the lads well prepared for a game that is inevitably going to be a bit of a comedown after such a spectacular win.
Barnsley have had a tricky festive period – losing on Boxing Day to Burnley at home, and then travelling to Swansea and again suffering defeat on the 28th. Forest, of course, are on a decent run – particularly at home, where we now are in the midst of a run of 30 league games unbeaten. Not bad at all really, but certainly a record teams will be looking to end, and the Tykes will be no different!
Whilst the Derby game was relatively clean, it’s likely we’ll be missing Ryan Bertrand who picked up a hamstring injury. That gives Billy a few options to consider – he might play Chris Cohen there, which was his initial choice when Ryan had to leave the action, or possibly Kelvin Wilson who later slotted into that most troublesome of positions. Hopefully Ryan’s injury isn’t too bad.
Paul McKenna’s continued absence was apparently enhanced by a virus recently, so the skipper might be back in contention should Billy want to shuffle his midfield pack. McGoldrick and Adebola remain highly unlikely to feature with their knee problems and, of course, Dexter Blackstock. Aside from that, we’re in pretty good shape!
Barnsley are only unable to call on Garry O’Connor – his loan from Birmingham has become permanent, but for reasons I’m sure someone who cares more than me might know he’s ineligible for this game. Adam Hammill is the one to look out for, with eight goals already this season – the Tykes are likely to have to fend off interest in him when the transfer window opens.
It’s really hard to not let the buoyancy of last night’s game let you get carried away, as I seem to normally say – our opponents are not to be underestimated, and I’m sure Billy Davies will be instilling the same thing into his side. Despite their recent slip-ups, Barnsley are dangerous on their day and not far from us in point terms (four points behind, having played one more game).
That said, we are a tough prospect at home – probably the trip that teams relish the least, and we should take confidence from that little nugget for as long as it lasts. Hopefully the excitement of our last game will coax some extra people to the ground from the ashes of their revelries from their new year celebrations and we can enjoy a decent crowd.
Certainly I’m hoping Billy doesn’t alter too much, because elements of our starting eleven against Derby were working wonderfully. Certainly with the injuries it seems likely Earnie and Tudgay will continue to develop their partnership which is looking great – aside from leftback the defence is pretty self-selecting, midfield of course is more difficult to predict!
I’m sure Davies and team will have been keeping a close eye on Barnsley’s latest performances and have the team suitably prepared. It’s difficult to not feel confident of getting a win, hopefully the team aren’t suffering with the same degree of complacency I feel guilty of exhibiting in writing this!
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