Forest vs. Cardiff City preview..

My new year resolution might be to be a little bit less of a grumpy sod.  Which gives me a couple of days to get such things out of my system.  It’s fair to say that our last trip to the City Ground wasn’t particularly fruitful, and that coupled with the higher calibre opponents we are expecting on New Years Eve makes me not exactly look forward to this fixture.

Let’s try to be more positive though – Chris Gunter wants to stay with us despite apparent interest from elsewhere.  Either that, or Forest are laying the ground to increase their asking price for him.  Cynical?  Me? Never.  Manchester City have agreed to extend the loan of Greg Cunningham ’til the end of the season – which I think is good news, despite him being somewhat hit and miss of late (like his colleagues!), and the return-of-old-boys continues with Marlon Harewood signing on ’til the end of the season from 1st Jan.

Certainly I’m expecting significant activity on the transfer front in January – an odd feeling for us.  Strong rumours link McGugan to a move which he made in his head several weeks ago, Wolves seems to be the destination of choice.  Tony Mowbray is apparently keen to reacquaint himself with Ishmael Miller – and well, I imagine anyone who will fetch a price will be considered for sale.  There aren’t many of them I’d miss!

Still, I digress.  Cardiff City.  So, as we know we’ve lost five out of the last six, we’ve not scored in six and we’re in the bottom three (unless Southampton put seven past Bristol City tonight, of course).  Our visitors, on the other hand, are in their customary play-off spot – sitting pretty fourth in the Championship and have only lost one in their last thirteen games, most recently coming from behind to earn a point away at Watford.

The latest injury concern is Paul Anderson, who the official site claims limped off the pitch against Peterborough – I thought he veritably trotted off!  Joel Lynch too is going through one of those difficult injury-ridden phases, so it seems like we’ll see McCleary on the wing and Moussi back in defence.  Morgan, Moloney, Cohen and Miller are on the longer term injury list.

Cardiff have doubts over Kevin McNaughton who was injured during their Boxing Day encounter with Watford, whilst former Reds loanee Stephen McPhail looks likely to miss out on the squad too with a knee injury.  Former Reds favourite and – if fielded – probably my favourite player on the pitch Robbie Earnshaw has struggled to make an impact having moved back home to the Bluebirds.  He’s made only eleven appearances and netted three goals – but has been missing in action from first team action since October.

I’d take him back like a shot right now!

It’s difficult to see much other than our goalless run continuing along with our lack of clean sheets – and that means another defeat.  To add to inevitable woes running the line will be Amy Fearn (nee Raynor) who’s up there in the list of incompetent officials.  So we probably will score and have it disallowed for something ridiculous.  Hmm, score?  Nah, okay – maybe I’m being silly now.

The chances are for most Forest fans in attendance thoughts will quickly turn to how to see in the New Year – it’s difficult to look forward to a trip to the City Ground these days, which is a sad state of affairs.  However you’re planning on celebrating I hope you enjoy it and against the odds manage to do so with the bonus of three points to Forest in the bag as well.  We can hope, can’t we?