Forest vs. Preston North End preview..

From a promotion showdown to a scrap with relegation battlers at the City Ground, the games are still coming thick and fast.  Both sides will have good reason to go into these games with a positive frame of mind, too – whilst Forest were beating Cardiff City at the City Ground on Saturday the Lillywhites played host to league leaders QPR and – despite going behind – equalised and earned a draw against Neil Warnock’s men.

Phil Brown will be able to call upon Leon Clarke who wasn’t available for their last game due to the loan agreement with QPR, but is likely to be without Chris Brown and Paul Coutts.  Iain Hume is a possible returnee, he was reported to be recovering well from injury prior to the QPR game but didn’t feature in it nor on the bench.  Of course, he might not opt for changes at all after the weekend’s good result.

Forest came through their game with Cardiff unscathed – despite some ‘robust’ challenges (not least the one on Lewis in the lead up to our second goal by Quinn, the dirty fecker!).  So our only injury concerns are the long term ones like Moussi, Blackstock and Findley – and the mysterious near-constant-flimsy-injury-excuses made for Kelvin Wilson.  Majewski of course serves the final game of his suspension.

That said, it’s reasonably unusual for Billy to not to tinker with his line-up – I wonder whether we might see starts for Tyson and/or McGoldrick.  Although I’ve long since given up trying to second-guess how he will decide to start a game these days, his combination of rotating and presumably keeping an eye on how our opponents might need nullifying are beyond my expertise!

It’s tempting to see this as a home win – we’re on our worryingly increasingly well publicised home run, Preston are – whilst improved under Brown – struggling.  They may have drawn a couple, but they lost three before that – and haven’t won a game since December, and that was against Ipswich, who were also on a bit of a hapless run then.

Do you see where I’m going with this – they’re on a ropey run, indeed, on their travels they’ve not won since September – beating Coventry then Leeds in quick succession in the league.  The latter was a goal-fest, finishing 6-4 to Preston, with now-Cardiff striker Jon Parkin netting a hat-trick.  So they are, frankly, a bit pants away – we’re really really good at home at the moment…

Anyone else smell bananas?

Certainly the pitch-factor that conspired to contribute to our downfall at Scunthorpe won’t be a problem on the morrow, the City Ground pitch continues to be a credit to our excellent ground staff.  Hopefully other lessons have been learned too from last week’s mid-week wobble to avoid any complacency at all.  Complacency isn’t a word I generally associate with Billy, so hopefully he gets that across to the boys.

With Cardiff entertaining in-form Leicester and QPR at home to a rejuvenated Ipswich Town there are a few tough games up there – I’d fancy Swansea to pick up points away at Coventry and certainly think that Norwich will be able to see off struggling Doncaster at home.  So three points in our game would be most welcome to see us remain in the automatic promotion spots.

I think we’ll have enough about us to do it too – with tickets cut to a tenner for this one it promises to be a bumper crowd – even the Main Stand side of the Lower Bridgford End has been made available to Forest fans, so as ever hopefully we can generate good backing for the boys (which will be trickier with the likelihood of a smaller away following unless the game kicks into life fast!).

9 Responses

  1. “Anyone else smell bananas” = genius.

    Need to watch out for the ref in this one, he’s a card-happy so-and-so.

    Need to make the most of the next 6 games which are all winnable as the following 6 are all much trickier.


    • Bob-on. I’ve no probs with the points dropped at Scunny, a slip up is a slip up, but we shud have learnt our lesson for this game and we really do need to capatilise on the opportunities of the next 6 matches.

      Think Billy will tinker just to keep legs fresh – would like to see Adebola in the action if it turn’s out to be a Scunny style game. U reds!!

  2. I just get the feeling our players are smelling promotion and have the bit between the teeth.They are showing the balls and backbone Ive longed for since the ” Hell Days ” of leage 1 when I would come on the site and vent my frustrations on the comments thread.

    Huge thanks to NFFC for allowing me to do that I thought i was going insane at the time under Megson and Calderwood.

    Bring it on U reds

    In Billy We Trust

    • Whatever happens Red Ric watching the last two years has been paradise compared to what I would consider under Megson as a club Nadir. (If you could have a trial for crimes against football then Megson and Platt should be in Jail). Losing 1-0 to MK Dons away and getting rained on. The 3-0 defeat at Gillingham, under Calderwood, again getting wet through with rain (but also seeing someone puke in the urinals) are probably my lowest points as a Forest fan. I couldn’t see how it was going to get any better. Terrible times. Compare that with the victories of the past two seasons: 5-1 Leics, 3-1 West Brom, 5-0 QPR and of course the 5-2 derby game. I count my lucky stars that we are seeing a Forest team play well and push for the prem.

  3. Spot on Red Ric
    Sometimes you have to go through the bad times to enjoy the good times.
    Just remember where Billy has taken us from in such a small period of time; as per usual it’s about getting the right man @ the helm. It’s taken a while but let’s keep the good times a rolling- You reds!!

  4. I agree lads the Manager and the boys have given us all much to shout about in the last 2 yrs .I dont know about you guys but I can almost smell it ………….

    If we nail it this year I think I will fall to my knees at that moment as its been one hell of a journey.Lets be ruthless Forest and we will be there.

    U reds

  5. It was so gutting watching our automatic chances evaporate during those first 45 minutes at Deepdale last season, Preston has been like a derby game for me this season.

    Naturally, I have a fiver on Preston, meaning we can’t lose!!!

  6. kick off has been put back 15 mins due to crowd congestion – Oh what an atmosphere there will be at the CG – I wish I was there.

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