Forest vs. Watford preview..

Not feeling overly confident about this one – Watford have proven troublesome opponents for us at the City Ground anyway, and that’s compounded by disappointing injury news.  Guy Moussi – a key player for us in recent weeks – will be missing, although skipper Paul McKenna will be able to stake a claim for his place in the team again.

New boy Robbie Findley immediately injured himself in training, which isn’t the most auspicious of starts, and there are doubts around Nathan Tyson who missed the Coventry game with a back problem.  Despite a clash of heads and a massive black eye it would seem Chris Cohen is likely to be available, as his his headbutter Paul Konchesky.

Watford have impressed with their open attacking play this year – I really admire Malky Mackay’s side, and it’s not surprising that on their travels they are the highest scoring side in the league.  Unlike most of our recent opponents at the City Ground I expect them to come and attack us – which whilst comes with an obvious threat, does open the door for us to play football rather than battle as in recent weeks.

We’ve won four of our last five games of course – indeed, of the last 24 points on offer we’ve taken 22 of them – which is a cracking run.  Overlaid onto that is our long unbeaten league run at home – all of which combine to make me feel a bit nervous about this one.  Watford’s form a little more mixed – they’ve won, lost and drawn their last three league games.

The home debut of Paul Konchesky will enhance an otherwise familiar looking back line for the Reds, with McKenna and Cohen likely to be in midfield with two of Majewski, McGugan and Anderson to join them.  Earnshaw and Tudgay seem the likely strike pairing – but with the likes of McGoldrick in the squad we do have some flexibility despite the missing men.

I’m hoping that we have the opportunity to play a bit of nice football on the deck against a more positively set-up opponent that we’ve been used to – in a game like that the likes of Majewski could be a really key figure.  The concern I have is that a run of scrappy (but brilliant!) wins might have unacclimatised our squad from a more free-flowing encounter.

That said, a defeat at Cardiff and a disappointing home draw against Crystal Palace in Watford’s last couple of games does offer a ray of optimism.  I’m not counting their 3-0 win against Derby at Vicarage Road because that’s just a default result against Nigel Clough’s men these days!

I think this will be a tricky one – I can certainly see goals in the game and fairly evenly matched sides.  If our defence can hold firm – and there’s no reason why it shouldn’t – then we could come through for the win.  Wouldn’t it be nice to see a number three lining up a left-footed freekick as well…?  Now I am dreaming!

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  1. We have indeed won four out of our last five games, but more impressively also won six out of our last seven games!

  2. I agree with your analysis nffc this will be a tough game for us plus our side is a little battered and bruised from Coventry.

    Major loss in the moose he has been a rock in midfield findley is unknown as yet.This month will define our season if we can hang in there and ride the storm we might just be back in the big time.

    Tough game to call I would like to see Tudgay get in amongst it again and Mcgugan or raddy .

    U reds

  3. as you’ve probably seen doing the rounds on twitter nffc,,rumours are nathan tyson is on non league nigel’s radar down the road, his back looked ok during our visit to west ham, missing against coventry,,,,,,probably nothing in it but we aint offered him anything for all i know, i’m a little concerned, should i be ?,,as for watford i’m gonna stick my neck out, unbeaten run over, they just seem to have a knack of doing well against us over the years..

  4. Not Earnie up-front, did not work last time we played them at Vicerage road, hardly got a touch. Watfords big centre half will laped up everything. McGoldrick/Adabola(30 mins)

  5. Quite right..Adebola and Tudgay to start this one. I’ll be glad to have 1 point here.
    Let’s see if Mckenna can match the Moose…..

  6. I dont think tys would do a fat boy commons seanyboy.
    I just think the club are being shrewd and making a few of them earn there new contract .I cant see billy letting tys go it would be madness.

    U reds

    • hope not ric, even with all his injuries he’s a fantastic player and hero for forest and fans alike,i’d hate to lose him to anybody let alone them…

  7. Billy is very hard to predict on line up in midfield and up front these days. Expect he will settle on the back four of Gunts/Wes/Chambo/Konch.

    McKenna McGugan, Cohen, Ando

    Tudgay, McGoldrick

    As for the result – I’d take 2 points or more from these next 2 games.

  8. i myself have been thinking this could be the run finished with the likes of watford coming to our beloved ground,
    its just i cant get them defence splitting passes last season that made us look very weak at the back,
    ok we have c’mon o long way sinse that game last season and know we are stronger, not liking the idea of the moose being injured because he has earnt his place in the middle of the park he was starting to show his real potentel, but this is mckennas chance to make this place his again where the moose couldnt get a look in last season, i would take a point but 3 is what we need coyr

  9. Im REALLY worried about this one too. The Hornets are averaging 2 goals a game away from home which is an amazing record.

    We need to start well and hopefully get an early goal. That will settle us down and lets us play with confidence.

    If it remains tight as the game wears on i will be more worried. I’ll take a draw here and now and I dont say that very often with any team coming to the CG!!

  10. Watford are my bogey team (though away from home,) heres for a 2 – 2….

  11. Watford have the youngest team in the division and are proving what can be achieved by invesing in youth and bringing them through into the team.
    They are a good side that will enjoy the chance to play on a nice pitch rather than a ploughed field.

    Hopefully we should still have too much for them though. I predict an entertaining 4 – 2 Forest win!

  12. Onwards and upwards fellow Reds – this is going to be our season just gutted I’m not seeing any of it!!

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