Forest vs. Burnley preview..

It’s a bit irksome to keep trotting this kind of line out, but well, recent weeks of following Forest have been replete with little moments of history repeating themselves.  Tuesday’s visit of Burnley gives the Reds a great opportunity to put another disappointing result behind them, after Reading ran out 4-3 winners at the City Ground on Saturday.  There, I said it.  Of course, whether we prove up to the job of grasping this opportunity remains to be seen!

Forest are shipping goals at a worrying rate of late, although of course we did manage to score a few at the weekend.  Not least thanks to some generous refereeing since we were awarded two dubious penalties (although we were, in fairness, denied a cast-iron one).  We now sit in a position which requires a considerable reversal of form and fortune to be able to reclaim a play-off spot.

Our visitors are on pretty poor form, albeit better than ours – they’ve won one of their last six, and lost four – like us, they seem susceptible to conceding at a greater rate than they are able to score – they’ve scored four in their last six, and shipped thirteen (we’ve scored seven and let in fourteen).  What looked like a surge for the play-offs from them has subsided somewhat, although a mere three points behind us – so a win at the City Ground could reignite aspirations of gatecrashing the top six for the Lancashire club.

On the personnel front whilst Guy Moussi returned to the starting line-up, it was dramatically apparent in the second half that he was far from fully fit.  An impressive first half from him brought much needed steel and balance to our midfield, alas once his star waned we really struggled.  It remains to be seen whether or not he can recover sufficiently to take to the field again so soon, bearing in mind Friday’s trip to Norwich coming so fast too.

Chris Cohen of course remains suspended, and I’ve heard no news to suggest that Paul McKenna is likely to be ready for a return.  Joel Lynch appeared to go off with an injury, so Paul Konchesky’s return to fitness is certainly welcome news – with Julian Bennett a probable back-up on the substitutes bench.  Burnley should be able to welcome Chelsea loanee Jack Cork back to their side after he’s finished testing for a ‘health scare.’

On paper you’d look at this as a great opportunity to turn our awful form on its’ head, of course, Burnley will be looking at this game in very similar terms.  Both sides have been generally struggling to score of late and have been shipping too many goals at the other – which gives me the perhaps strange feeling that this could end up a goalless draw.  Certainly we need to get three points and hope that results are kind elsewhere in the league.

Leeds face a not-particularly-difficult trip to Derby, you’d expect Leicester to pick up the points at home to Palace, Millwall face Bristol City whilst Reading travel to Scunthorpe, Swansea host Hull whilst Norwich travel to Watford.  I’ve got a nasty feeling we might find that come Tuesday evening the gap to the play-offs might be a bit bigger than it is now.  As usual when I’m in pessimistic mood, I’d be delighted for the boys to prove me wrong!