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!

4 Responses

  1. I agree and dont agree. I think forest will win tuesday but I do think a lot of the other teams will too so i reckon the gap wont increase but stay the same.

    However this season in the prem and this division, results have gone against form and lets hope tuesday pulls forest back into it.

    We need moussi to play 90 please billy even if by the 90th min hes dead!

  2. This is a very crucial period of the season, where the team must do everything possible to turn their horrible form around by grinding out a couple of wins, starting from tomorrow. The fans must play a huge part by giving the team all their support, come what may. The players, the staff and the fans must keep the faith and believe that “anything” is possible.

    3/4 wins should be enough to get the Reds back in the top 6, but then they should fight for 2nd place. I may sound daft, but mathemathically even 2nd place is possible (though I’ve virtually given up hope, I feel Millwall – level on points with Forest – are within a shout to get there, given the form they are on). In that case, key players will have to rediscover their January form, winning 6 games in a row (I’m not writing it off, just yet). A win tomorrow will definitely bring some much needed confidence that might help the team believe they can snatch 3 points from Norwich who were once beaten at CR this season by Palace, the team with the worst away record in the league (just that 1 win away from home). Then come big games against Leicester at home (tough derby), Bristol away (poor record against Reds), Scunny at home (chance to increase GD) and Palace away (tough, but winnable). As Billy said, there are still 18 points up for grabs.

    I may not be a Forest fan, but I’ve never seen them in the prem, and I’m tired of seeing them out of it. I want them to come back this season (along with QPR and Leeds), as much as you Forest fans do. I’d love to see a miracle of Forest finishing 2nd, this season.
    You never know, though. Anything is possible in football, so…


  3. Unfortunately,when teams are on a long losing streak they always seem to get points against us.
    Lets hope we are not so charitable now.
    I’m sure our defence will be the main concern and I expect a clean sheet !!
    Whether we can score to get the 3 points remains to be seen.
    The bright spot seems to be the maturing of McCleary !!
    He should be confident after his performance against Reading !

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