Forest vs. Bristol City preview (second attempt!)..

What with all the excitement at the weekend it would’ve been easy to forget to write this today, indeed, I almost did.  However, we’re straight back into league action on Tuesday with the visit of Bristol City after our initial fixture at the back end of 2010 was cancelled due to a smattering of frost in the environs of Rushcliffe Borough.

Obviously the mighty Reds will be on the crest of a wave – not only has our recent run of results been excellent, we of course are still nursing a 32 league game run at the City Ground without tasting defeat, and – of course – we just completed a first double over Derby County in twenty one years, a first win in Derby since 1994, and a first double over the Rams in 21 years.

It’s got anti-climax written all over it, hasn’t it?

I mustn’t think like that though.  The Reds came through their encounter with Derby unscathed on the injury front, so Billy has the option to tinker.  Certainly Tyson and Anderson put in a lot of mileage at Pride Park and might need a rest, and Earnie’s clinical finish might make the wee fella consider recalling his number ten for further action.

Our visitors are doing surprisingly badly this season.  Currently they reside at 17th in the table having won only one of their last eight games, including an FA Cup exit at the hands of Sheffield Wednesday.  Having said that, that one win came against Cardiff with a handsome 3-0 scoreline, so there’s clearly an occasional sting in their tail.

Prior to the eight games they won three on the bounce at home – beating Leicester, Sheffield United and Derby at Ashton Gate.  Keith Millen took charge of the Robins after Steve Coppell quit towards the start of the season.  He’s been involved with the club for a while whilst only having been a temporary manager in the past.

One success story for them this season has been Brett Pitman up front, the striker signed from AFC Bournemouth and has not found goals too difficult to come by in the Championship having turned down a move to Ian Holloway’s Blackpool before moving.  He’s a player who’s always been on my radar since the times I used to waste hours of my life on Football Manager (rather than this blog and Twitter etc!).  I think I even got him playing for England once!

The bookmakers comfortably have Forest as favourites – which is understandable, they base their decisions on form.  Always a position that makes me feel nervous (being a natural pessimist).  City will be able to come without too much pressure to perform, whilst Forest could well suffer from a bit of ‘after the Lord Mayor’s show’ syndrome.

That said our team spirit and unity is as good as I’ve ever seen it at Forest at the moment, and both players and manager have been quick to speak of getting their feet on the ground and concentrating on the next game.  If they think and train true to these comments then we should be able to notch a fifth straight win in all competitions.

Hence the nervousness – much like on Saturday when I was pondering the likelihood of three straight away wins, I do find myself thinking “Hmm, when was the last time we won five games on the bounce?” – I can’t be doing with looking it up.  Indeed, we’ve only lost one game in our last twelve.  We’ve won eight of those.  Eight.  That’s a lot!

I worry these runs and things must end, and usually in fairly unexpected situations.  Although I’m seriously hoping and thinking that this won’t be the case come Tuesday and that the mighty Reds should at the very least maintain the unbeaten home record, but I’d be really pleased to see us get that fifth win in a row.

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  1. NFFC What we have to realise is that if we are going to get promoted then winning the majority of our games and going on runs is a necessity. Its only because we are used to blowing it that you and most of us think, well we’re bound to lose that or this has got to end. I’m exactly the same. But I remember the times under Basset a Clarke where we just pushed on and kept getting the results.

    Dare I say it. Could this not be the same?

    • It could be! I don’t dare to be that confident, at least partially because any predictions I make are left here to make me look silly if they don’t occur!

      You’re right though – if we are to lead the charge for a promotion push then we most certainly do need to put impressive runs together!

  2. Yes, this has banana skin written all over it…. after the Lord Mayor’s show and all those other annoying cliches!!

    BUT Im starting to have a better feeling about Forest and matches like this these days. Wee Billy manages to hold team focus and not let feet come off the floor.

    Be VERY surprised (not to mention devastated) if we don’t take all 3 points tomorrow night.

    Not that I expect Brissle to roll over. I think they will sit back and wait their for their chances. We may, as fans, have to be very patient again.

  3. Get a Message out to get Bertrand back !!!
    Either a loan for the rest of the season or a couple of million to buy him !
    Chelsea don’t need him !
    The chelsea manager could hold the key to whether we go up or not.
    I hope this panel are putting HEAVY pressure on him now!
    Get down to London and sort it out !!!!
    For my nerves too !

  4. Interested in your comment about “team spirit and unity” nffc. I agree and all those crying for the blood of the heirarchy at the club should be aware that it is not about getting ‘just anyone’ to sign, but finding players who will not only ‘up the average’, but also fit-in!

    I agree with alan wood’s post about Bertrand and would suggest that if Wilson goes to Celtic early that we would need cover at the back, but personally, I would stick with the “team spirit and unity” that we’ve got.

  5. NFFC, you are not a ‘natural pessimist’ but a seasoned Forest fan.

    I for one always predict the exact opposite of what i truly want to happen which is why i think brizzol will stick 2 or 3 past us tomorrow night because i cant ever remember Forest winning ‘games in hand’ never happens, not once, not in all the years i’ve supported Forest which includes the Clarke and Bassett days, no siree!

    • Maybe ‘seasoned Forest fan’ and ‘natural pessimist’ are the same thing! 😀

      Let’s face it though, under Bassett or Clark we never did the double over Derby either!

  6. What are you guys like ….. Good job our manager isnt a pessimist we would be poked.I think what we are now seeing is a young side starting to mature under a very positive and strong willed manager.

    We were a bunch of bottle merchants under previous managers so I can understand why we all get a bit twitchy.

    My issue is still the lack of real stellar investment / Findley free transfer/ Tudgay on the cheap to replace blackstock ..I firmly believe we are trying to gain promotion on the cheap and I feel for billy because he is doing the business at his end.

    We need to bear Brizzl simple as that.

    U reds

  7. Bertie injured, Van Anholt offered instead if true happy days!

  8. Where did you get that info reg ? I thought he was back up to Ashley Arse Hole

  9. The pressure on the team was on Saturday
    so I expect them to get back to ‘free flowing’ tomorrow .

    More concerning to me is my old bugbear the ‘no acquisition committee’ .

    Lets watch for M’arthurs old formula of sitting tight until last day of the window to see the prices fall before 1700h ….and then when all the targets are either sold or we get turned down he will claim we were unlucky again and how this is the wrong time of the year to do business .

    M’arthur for me ….is not premiership material and Nigel D needs to offload him to league one ( Notts or Direby ) – he needs to get Earny and Tys signed up and bertrand personally and then get a professional in as CEO.

    With Billy at the helm this is no place for amateurs !

  10. I have to agree with you Rob he hardly sets the world on fire.And as you have probably read I feel they the board are hoping we get promoted with minimal investment.

    Billy has kept his side of the bargain and done a brilliant job in my opinion.Its going to be interesting how he will respond if we bring in nobody.

  11. Red Rob’s comments regarding the dreaded arthur are spot on !!!
    I expect our captain and a certain Polish player to get a game tomorrow, and I expect a WIN !!!

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