Perceptions are a funny thing. After recent events what many might have considered one of the least safe areas in London to travel to might think a little differently now as they enter the away fortress at the New Den! The police have confirmed that the game is on – so Forest are all set to commence their travels this season, after two games at the City Ground to get Steve McClaren under way.
After a last-gap win against Notts County on penalties, it at least gives the players an emotional boost – and not too much time to ruminate on what was, ultimately, quite a disappointing performance in some respects. Before that a sluggish 0-0 draw with Barnsley wasn’t the kind of spectacular start we craved either, but such is life!
Our hosts started their league campaign with what – on the face of it – might be a credible 2-2 draw away at Reading, but when you consider that they were 2-0 up and conceded two late goals it begins to look less impressive. They too progressed to the second round of the Carlig Cup midweek by triumphing in a 1-0 win over Plymouth at Home Park. This match is their first home game of the season.
Despite the extra time run-out against County, the Reds are reporting no fresh injuries and can welcome back Lee Camp and Chris Gunter who both return unscathed from International duty, and are likely to both return to the first team despite an impressive cameo from Paul Smith in the cup match. Moussi remains sidelined with a calf problem, whilst of course Dexter Blackstock and Garath McCleary are suffering from long term injuries.
Reds fans will be hoping to see Matty Derbyshire make his debut for Forest following his transfer from Olympiakos yesterday, and indeed, if rumour-mills are to be believed there may be other new faces secured before the weekend (not that I’m going to peddle any of them just now!). Millwall have recently acquired the services of N’Guessan on loan from Leicester City, less positively for the Lions they miss Racon who was injured in their midweek game at Plymouth.
The New Den ain’t ever an easy place to go for fans or players alike – so whilst we desperately crave getting our first win on the board that’ll be a tough ask against Kenny Jackett’s side. Then again, if Steve McClaren is (and I hesitate to use almost that infamous marketing catastrophe of a phrase) serious about his ambitions of promotion then these are the kind of matches where we need to be picking up points.
It’s going to be interesting!
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