Bristol City vs. Forest preview..

A tricky trip for sure – even though City have literally nothing to play for, the pressure is well and truly on the Reds.  Leeds and Burnley sit beneath us merely on goal difference, Millwall lurking only a couple of points behind.  Pressure.  Not something that Forest have typically been adept at dealing with.

Whilst we can of course only take care of our own results, it will difficult not to have half an eye on how our rivals are getting on.  Leeds travel to hopefully-fighting-for-their-lives Crystal Palace, Burnley host playing-for-nothing-Portsmouth whilst Millwall travel to fighting-for-survival Scunthorpe away.  Hull bringing up the rear travel to QPR who could secure promotion.

The latest random training injury is to Nathan Tyson, it’s his hip this time.  We do have Paul Konchesky available again following his suspension, so whether Billy opts to reintroduce him or stick with a back line we may have to rely on in the play-offs remains to be seen (Konch’s loan expires before the play-offs and can’t be extended).  Longer term injuries remain with Blackstock, Wilson, Anderson and Lynch unavailable.

Our hosts will be without a key player, after Nicky Maynard picked up a straight red card in their last game against Sheffield United – effectively ending his season through suspension.  Certainly this is good news for us, he’s a dangerous threat to goal, and in a game where not only our target must be to win, but to do so by trying to stretch our goal difference as much as we can, them missing a goal threat is a good thing!

Earlier in the season a Luke Chambers header was enough to separate us at City at the City Ground, but – I’ll tell you what – we haven’t half drawn a lot of games at Ashton Gate of late.  Whilst it’s premature to say a draw wouldn’t really be good enough, it wouldn’t, would it?  Then we must consider our recent form away from the City Ground.  Oh dear.

Approach this game positively and take our opportunities ruthlessly and we should be able to register a win, but we’ve struggled to do either of those things lately.  Whilst Bristol City might have nothing to play for, but pride isn’t to under-estimated and they’ll be eager enough to put a big spanner in our play-off hopes – so we need to tighten up at the back too after leaking two soft goals against Leicester.

I reckon we can get a win here, controversially given my usually gloomy outlook.  However, I can also see Leeds getting a win at Palace, and Burnley getting a win against Portsmouth – so maybe I’m just extrapolating what needs to be true to keep our play-off spot.  It’s going to be one of those stressful days, isn’t it?

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7 Responses

  1. Hhmmm, basically we could win our last 3 games and still not go up if Leeds do the same but with an extra goal.

    Can’t see us winning the next 3 games, would 7 points be enough? I’d be amazed and delighted to get a win tomorrow but can’t see anything more than a draw, then win the last two.

    • I think 7 would be enough. Leeds will beat Palace, but I cant see them getting maximum points from Burnley and QPR (unless the Rs put out a weakened side)

      Burnley face Leeds (tough) and Cardiff (tougher).

      Only thing is, if we get 7 and it comes down to goal difference, both Leeds and Burnley can put a fair few away on their day, so we’d need to up the ante in the clinical finishing department (no change there then!)

      • It’s definitely in our hands now, Leeds surprisingly didn’t beat Palace, which is also good as they’re now just about safe, so nothing for them to fight for in the last game of the season…

        I can see us beating Scunny, and then taking the three points at Palace.

        Even at 2-0 up, I feared the worst but lucky Luke on hand to score the winner.

        Play off bound, and again, it’s just a big lottery…

  2. Brizzle could be just the motivational spark Billy can use. “Want to be playing in a dump like this again next season?”

    The rickety old stadium and out-door refreshment kiosk has a distinctly lower league nostalgia about it.

  3. …. and our passing game is not greatly suited to the sloping pitch and sandy penalty box.

    Looks like a typical banana-skin. But SURELY our players will be up for it. If they cant get motivated that things are back in our own hands to play in the top league in the world for the biggest prize in world football with 3 games to go, then they want shooting.

    No score draw then!

    Seriously, as long as Billy doesn’t pull something out of the “seriously weird tactics” box, then I’m betting on Findlay to get off the mark and Forest 2-1.

  4. The connotations are endless all we have to do is go there and go for it.SURELY to goodness we have to be mega up for it and we have the fire power no excuses.

    Both Lesta goals came from Gunts on the left Billy will change that and Konch back in me thinks.I thought Joel Lynch played really well against Leeds hope he can come back in if we make the Play offs.

    This time next week we will know our fate much better its going to be bloody close but very exciting.

    U reds

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