Coventry City vs. Forest preview..

Straight back into the league campaign for the Reds after a little diversion in the FA Cup which ended in defeat.  A trip to the Ricoh Arena awaits and the boys will, despite the disappointing result at the Boleyn Ground yesterday, be in high spirits – on a great run of results in the Championship and of course with a new signing in the ranks in the shape of left-back Paul Konchesky.

Whilst the Reds have the chance to snag a fifth successive win in the league, Coventry will be looking to avoid a third successive defeat – having also suffered disappointment in the cup losing against Birmingham.  Their league form is best described as inconsistent, and probably easiest described as bad – in their last eight games they’ve not won, and only managed three draws.

Teamwise Billy is likely to put Konchesky straight in at left back – the rest of the defence will pick itself as usual, and it seems likely that he will reintroduce Guy Moussi to midfield, and Marcus Tudgay to attack.  Paul Anderson remains an injury doubt with a hamstring problem, which means if pace is needed Nathan Tyson might be the option.  If we don’t sign any more players before the window shuts, of course!

Coventry are expected to recall Sammy Clingan to midfield after he missed their cup game with a slight injury.  Another obvious Forest connection will be the unpopular striker Marlon King who’s likely to be starting up front for the Sky Blues. Brief Forest player Gary McSheffrey is currently leading their scoring charts, however – netting five goals so far (out of over sixty shots!).

We’ve already had the better of them this season at the City Ground, despite a Luke Chambers own goal we came back with goals from Majewski and Cohen to get the win – although Lee Camp needed to look lively after this to prevent King from bagging an equaliser for the visitors.

A win for the Reds would be most welcome, giving us the opportunity to make up ground on QPR who dropped points over the weekend, not to mention help to keep things nice and tight at the top of the Championship.  With Swansea at Bristol City, Cardiff entertaining Reading, Norwich taking on Millwall, Leicester against Sheffield United and QPR against Portsmouth playing on Tuesday too it could make for a real change around in league placings.

On paper we should certainly be able to get the points – however we are on a very good run of wins and the pessimist in me always worries as to whether or not we can really sustain it.  It’s difficult to not lapse into feeling quite confident though, so I’ll stick my neck out and predict this game going to form with a win for the Reds.

We got the Konch!

Anybody with a rudimentary knowledge of William Golding’s excellent novel ‘The Lord of the Flies’ will know that – initially at least – the person that holds the conch has the right to speech.  It feels like a good analogy, as now Forest have loaned Konchesky for 93 days we have addressed the imbalance in our side since Ryan Bertrand’s loan from Chelsea ended.

That’s not to belittle the efforts of Joel Lynch, who has been covering the left back spot since then – however, we are now roundly sure that his future lies as a centreback rather than a fullback.  It’s been a great relief to see Forest unusually acting on the deadline day to bring in a player of confirmed quality to cover that most troublesome of spots.

The rumours started breaking last night, and even when Terry the Kitman offered hints on Twitter I as always remained dubious.  It sort of makes sense – Konchesky has had a miserable time since joining Liverpool and once a loan back to Fulham fell through his only option for escape was an emergency loan to a Football League team due to the two-clubs-in-a-season rule.

Konchesky signed for Liverpool from Fulham, following his former manager Roy Hodgson, after the start of the season.  He played for the Cottagers against Manchester United back in August which – in hindsight – has been the factor to severely limit his options in trying to escape from Merseyside.  Made all the more pressing as his Mum posted a few ill-thought comments about Liverpool fans on her Facebook page!

Since Kenny Dalglish took the reins at Anfield the 29 year old hasn’t featured for them – having been generally regarded as a bit of a scapegoat as Liverpool adjust to an era of not automatically falling in to the top four of the Premier League.  His past performances for Fulham in the top flight however show him to certainly be capable of operating in the top flight – and have netted him a couple of England caps.

Given his need to gain a fresh start elsewhere, and our – as ever – dire need of securing the services of a specialist left back it’s a match made in heaven for me.  Whilst I’d held on to the hope that we might just lure Ryan Bertrand back from Chelsea, this is the kind of signing I really wanted to see us make.  He should be eligible to play as soon as Tuesday when we visit Coventry City.

Welcome aboard Paul!  It’s good to have you.  Paul Konchesky is a red, is a red, is a red, Paul Konchesky is a red, his Mum hates Scousers!