Here we go again, back with the ‘The Reds will be keen to put a poor run behind them..’ type comments. It’s all a bit repetitive isn’t it? Still true though, a run of six games without a win is a poor run by anyone’s standards, except maybe those down to A52. Rather than seeking to cement our claim on second, our goalposts have shifted undeniably downward in maintaining a play-off place for now.
Having said all that, Swansea haven’t exactly been having it all their own way lately either – whilst they occupy third place at present, they’ve not won in three – and even lost to Derby in their last game. They, like us, have been struggling to score goals in recent weeks – so for those of you travelling to the game there’s got to be a fear of a cagey encounter. Having said that, it’s results that count for us now, much more so than performances.
On the injury front our list is a little longer thanks to Robbie Earnshaw picking up a hamstring injury against Doncaster. Apparently Joel Lynch’s latest injury of the season should see him okay to claim a place in the squad, leaving us missing just Moussi, Blackstock, Findley and Wilson. Nathan Tyson may be fit enough to play a part in this game, which could give us a different dimension going forward.
Swansea are hoping to be in a position to welcome back Garry Monk and Andrea Orlandi from injury, they’ve both featured in reserve games after lengthy lay-offs.
Earlier in the season we of course beat Swansea at the City Ground – back in the time when seemingly Lewis was scoring a screamer every week. He put two past Dorus De Vries, one from the spot and one from close range – so not typical McGugan strikes at all. I’ll tell you what, it would be good if he could hit a bit of goalscoring form at the weekend, that’s for sure. Same for the other goalscorer that day, it was Majewski that finished off our scoring.
Depending on whether you’re a pessimist or an optimist – you could say that our recent run is worse than theirs, so they’ll win. Or you could say we’re due a recovery from a dreadful run of results, and they’re just a few games into a disappointing run. The truth, as ever with polarities, probably lies somewhere in the middle of those two extremes. Given the small number of points between us, it’s clear we’re well matched.
Hopefully Billy allows for sufficient opportunity for the lads to get the win we need – if Kris Boyd is to make his starting debut for us, then it’s clear to me from the limited pitch time I’ve seen from him that he needs to be presented with opportunities. We’ve really struggle with that lately – and we need the McGugans and Majewskis in the team to start getting creative.
A tough game undoubtedly, if I were having a bet I’d put it on a draw, which neither side will be happy with. After this comes the blessed relief of the international break where hopefully Forest can patch up their walking wounded, get some rest into tired legs and get hearts and minds recharged for the final push – because whilst there’s still a way to go yet, the ‘games played’ column is looking quite hefty.
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