When you fall off a bike, the best thing to do is get back on it. I remember that life lesson whilst picking bits of glass from my leg whilst attempting to extract myself from the greenhouse I’d crashed into during my fledgling attempts at getting around on two wheels. That’s the opportunity Forest have now, after an undeniably dire run of form.
Despite this recent run, culminating in successive league defeats, we’re still only four points from second thanks to our competitors also having a less than ideal run of results. Of course we should also be aware of what’s going on just over our shoulders too, as a glut of clubs are looking to put a run together to gatecrash the play-offs. In sixth place we’re right in the firing line for being supplanted.
It’s not a bad time to be playing Doncaster on paper (I know, I know). They have had a monumental injury crisis, and this is further compounded by the likelihood that Billy Sharp will be missing for them – needing a hernia operation. Much as I wouldn’t wish injury on a player, he’s a big miss for them and does have a bit of a habit of doing well against us. They’re also missing ‘keeper Neil Sullivan.
As for us, we of course have the prospect of Kris Boyd making a home debut – but may have the welcome boost of Nathan Tyson’s involvement in the matchday squad too. Joel Lynch too is apparently okay to resume duties – leaving us without the longer term injured list – Dexter, Moose and Robbie Findley.
After a dire spell when Donny lost eight out of nine games they’ve stabilised somewhat without blowing anyone away. Indeed, their only win in their last nine games came at Derby, which hardly counts anyway! They’ve lost and drawn their last two against Leeds and Coventry respectively.
One thing you can usually count on from Donny is that they will at least come and try to play a bit of football, which will be welcome as it will hopefully encourage the same approach from us. Too readily have we been drawn into closed off games in which we’ve struggled to break down dogged opponents.
It’s difficult to muster too much optimism because, well, we’ve not been getting results in games we really ought to be if we’re serious about challenging at the top end of the table again. However, I do fancy our chances in this game – certainly a home crowd in good voice wouldn’t go amiss. It can be tricky to achieve that on a kids for a quid game.
There’s only so long we can get respite from other results going our way – this weekend it seems likely Swansea will pick up all the points at Pride Park, Leeds face a tricky visitor in resurgent Ipswich Town, Burnley entertain Millwall, Hull travel to Coventry whilst Cardiff and Norwich play on Sunday and Monday against Barnsley and Bristol City – I fancy them to win those games.
Basically, we need to win. I’m sure Billy thinks the same!
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