Brighton and Hove Albion vs. Forest preview..

I seem to be having untold technical issues today, so hopefully this will work (writing on my phone!). Despite the memory of the dreadful performance against Leeds on Tuesday evening looming large in my mind I’m actually quite looking forward to a trip to the south coast this weekend. Admittedly it’s because it’s been a while since I’ve had the thrill of a new ground to tick off the list, but well, you have to take your pleasures where you can as a Forest fan!

Cotterill has a few potential enforced changes – Reid will miss out after picking up two bookings midweek, whilst both Joel Lynch and Ishmael Miller have picked up knocks apparently rendering them 50:50 for the trip to the Amex. Missing Miller is nothing new of late, the silver lining for Lynchy’s absence could be that at least we won’t have to stomach Chambers trying to be a right back in this game!

Brighton are likely to be without Painter with a hamstring injury, and longer-term casualties Rodriguez and Reyes. Will Hoskins returned to the Seagulls team in their last game – a win at Derby – do will hope to get the chance to face one of his most fleeting of former clubs.

Our recent performances have been, let’s be honest, mostly gash. Brighton started the season in blistering form but then fell away – undergoing a ten game spell without a win. Their more recent form appears on the up though, three wins from the last four (although one against Derby which doesn’t count!) means they’re sitting in a healthy seventh in the league.

Whilst I hope for a real reaction from our bunch of underachievers, I’m not holding out much hope of coming away from Brighton with anything other than my 74th ground ticked off on the list – and I suppose, in these times of austerity at the City Ground, it is these small consolations that we must seek in exchange for our support.

C’mon Forest players, prove me wrong. I dare you!