Forest vs. Hull City preview..

Three wins on the bounce?  Sounds a bit outlandish, doesn’t it?  It sounds even more so when you consider our visitors on Saturday are unbeaten in eight games and not far off the pace being set at the top end of the table.  Having said that, who was expecting wins against Middlesbrough and Blackpool?  I must confess, not I.

I’m not getting carried away either though – Hull are a decent well-organised side under the tutelage of Nigel Pearson, and won’t succumb easily to the slightly more promising advances of the mighty Reds.  As well as undoubted improvement amongst our number, there has been luck that has been attained – particularly at Blackpool – or performances of opponents that were surprisingly poor (Middlesbrough).

Loan signing Greg Cunningham looks likely to make his debut at left-back, which frees up Gunts who covered the position in the absence of Clint Hill up at Blackpool.  Whether Steve opts to stay with Chambers at right back and utilise Gunts in midfield again remains to be seen, but given the suspension to Guy Moussi he might do this to enable Jonathan Greening to drop in to the more central midfield role.

The ‘crock list’ remains the same – Blackstock, Anderson, Boateng, Cohen and McCleary all feature on the long-term sick-list.  As for Hull, they may be able to call on Martyn Waghorn who’s missed a couple of games with a hamstring injury, whilst ex-Red Nicky Barmby is a potential doubt with a calf problem.  Andy Dawson, Cameron Stewart and Martin Pusic are likely to miss the game.

It was Hull of course last season who put paid to our impressive run of home results – winning one-nil in a not-particularly-thrilling encounter from our point of view.  A single Matty Fryatt strike was enough to seal the win for the Tigers.  A similarly cagey nil-nil took place at their place earlier in the season – the first time we’d met them in a fixture for some thirty odd years if memory serves.

I’m intrigued to see what will happen – Cotterill’s first full week with the squad since arriving, and what must be an obviously more-buoyant-than-before dressing room gives cause for optimism on the terraces, but of course any battle-hardened Forest fan will know, optimism is something to be kept under strict control.  It’s true we’ve come up against two games ‘on paper’ that I didn’t expect to win and did regardless, but this is definitely another one.

The main thing is that fug of dread that was creeping in to visits to the City Ground under the-other-Steve has lifted for me, I relish my trips to watch Forest again and this weekend is no different.  Let’s see what Saturday brings, eh?

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  1. Just wondering if there are any updates on the likely return dates for Anderson and McCleary … Not much has been mentioned on them for a while now and if i remember clearly ,Anderson was only supposed to be out for a few weeks ….

    Thanks from a fan on the other side of the world

    • On the official site they are saying that Blackstock, Anderson & McCleary will start full training again after the next international break in November.

      • thats gotta be great news . God knows That we could do with a winger or two and a striker who can score a goal or two

  2. At least now I’m looking forward to the match. If we maintain the workrate of the other 2 games I can see another win,but I feel a draw coming on…..It’s going to be another close one,that’s for sure !!

  3. Me too. Passion and commitment, a good work rate and attitude, and a formation and selection that makes some kind of sense go a long way to cheering us fans even when the results aren’t what we hoped for. Kind of a master stroke by the club – dealt with the legacy of billy by ensuring our most recent comparisons are with a totally inept manager, so the outpouring of gratitude to cotterill is immense! We had, don’t forget, a 36 game unbeaten home league run and had got used to winning. The brolly debacle has brought us down to earth with a bump, so its nice to begin to hope again. Going forward, I think the squad is improved on last year, with miller findlay derbyshire better than earnie dele and garner. With ando, dex and according to cotterill even cohen potentially back before the end of the season, we should be able to push on. Playoffs remain unlikely – wed have to win at the rate norwich did last year til the end of the season just to scrape 6th, but you never know. Coyr.

  4. The injury one is odd. A month or more ago the official website had ‘forest’s famous five return to training’ which included ando and macleary! It does seem strange, indeed boateng was only supposed to be out for a couple of games. Forest are always strangely cagey over injuries. On the plus side things are a lot brighter than they were two weeks ago and if Cotteril can maintain the same levels of work ethic in the side i can see us getting another win on saturday.

  5. Coterill looked busy and enthusiastic on the bench at Blackpool. This will rub off on players who need a push. Coterill is getting on a bit and you would think this is his real chance to prove he is
    top manager material. He’s wasted a good few years since Chesterfield and Forest are his chance to really go and prove something. I can’t see us doing anything else but win. Only the powers that be the board can ‘f’ it all up for him…and us.

  6. A tight game with not much in it I think the loss of the moose in midfield could be vital.

    U reds

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