Forest vs. Southampton preview..

I’ve got a mate who supports Southampton, our next opponents, and current leaders in the Championship.  “We’re there for the taking at your place” it said.  I wondered whether I missed a previous text and this was the punchline to a bizarre joke, but apparently that’s what he thinks – hard though it is for me to imagine why!  Of course, missing their top scorer Rickie Lambert through suspension is a good omen for us – but well, it’s not like he’s their only decent player, is it?

Having followed up our happy reunion with goalscoring at Ipswich with a goalless draw against Leicester in the cup, the Reds are – well – still not all that convincing a proposition at the moment.  Unless we happen to be playing a team in blue, from Suffolk, who are managed by Paul Jewell it seems.  We don’t have that kind of luxury on Saturday – and despite losing their last two league games to Bristol City (who’ve done the double over ’em now!) and down at Brighton, I’m not as convinced that is enough to write them off as my mate seems to be.

On the player front we’ll be hoping that Greg Cunningham has recovered from a hamstring niggle that kept him out of the FA Cup game last weekend, although youngster Kieron Freeman acquitted himself well in that game, his inexperience and perhaps fatigue was starting to show towards the end.  Findley is still doubtful with his dodgy shoulder, whilst Miller’s mystery injury remains – and Cohen, Wes and Moloney are on the longer term crocked list.

As noted above, the significant team news for Southampton is the loss of Rickie Lambert, both their and the league’s top scorer – he hit a hattrick against us at St Mary’s.  I’ll be glad to not see him lining up against us!  Saints gaffer Adkins also has injury doubts over Jaidi, Seaborne and Chaplow.  New signing Tadanari Lee is unlikely to be available for selection due to complications of work permit acquisition.

Fans who went to the Q&A session with Steve Cotterill and Mark Arthur commented on the manager’s apparent high regard for Marcus Tudgay, and for the recently prevalent 4-2-3-1 formation – which would suggest that Harewood might have to content himself with a place on the bench.  We of course also have a couple of ex-Saints strikers waiting in the wings in the form of Dexter Blackstock and David McGoldrick (not to mention their former ‘keeper on the bench, too).

Those of us who ventured south for the reverse fixture earlier in the season under the reign of Schteve McClaren will recall a game that featured something that has been somewhat of a recurring theme in Forest games even in to Cotterill’s tenure.  Referees seem to have formed a pact to not give us penalties – there were several solid claims in that match, including one immediately before the home side grabbed the decisive goal.

Anyway, I digress.  I’m really hoping the home crowd can be rewarded for their patience with a goal or two – even if we have to endure the godawful goal music (I can’t even remember how it goes, anyway).  However, that’s a tough ask – and it’s difficult to imagine a side of Southampton’s undoubted quality to not pose us problems at the other end either.  Until I see a run of more convincing performances and results I’m afraid most of my concluding paragraphs will sound a bit like this…

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12 Responses

  1. The ‘goal’ music is Chelsea Dagger – the Fratellis.

    Personally, I think it needs changing.

  2. Re Miller’s mystery injury – Hasnt he fractured a metatarsal?

    Last time the saints came to the city ground they were already relegated to league one. They’ve done very well to get back up where they are now. Wish we had bought Rickie Lambert!

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  4. Bright spark at the moment seems to be Andy Reid ! Lets hope he continues on saturday ! Good open game and 3 points !!!!

  5. Quietly confident….. No reason to be.
    Maybe wishful thinking.
    Can’t help but think the next few games
    may determine our fate for this season.
    The teams directly above us are still
    getting points so Forest must put a run
    together.
    Would be nice if the home fans get right
    behind the boys as S’oton have hit a flat
    spot.
    C’mon u Reds!!!

  6. I cannot wait! Not been to many games this season but will be coming down for this one. I think we can beat Southampton tomorrow.

  7. Lambert (and the linesman) was the difference at St Mary’s. If we had a finisher like him, we wouldn’t be where we are now.

    Goal music: I completely agree. I always used to see it as a sign of a smalltime club so it was embarrassing when they started playing it at the City Ground. Please please stop.

  8. You guys might not like the music but I would ask have you seen the video for the song on youtube. Better than watching Forest at the moment!!!

  9. The next week is going to be a tough ask on us yea we are unbeaten in 2 games but our defending has been woeful.I agree nffc I am not convinced about us yet we defo need a couple of big results to ease our situation.

    However most of our players have played in big games and shouldnt be scared or in awe of Southhampton.We need big wes back for the rest of the season and we could do with little Earnie back on loan hes wasting away on the bench at Cardiff.

    U reds

  10. What are the odds of Marlon scoring against West Ham?

  11. We only lost 3 0 ……Where the hell was our form player Andy Reid ???
    I thought he was the experienced player who had more shots on goal in the last game and could ping balls onto marlons head !!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I give up !!!!!!!!!!!l

  12. Better get Freeman back from Notts ! Emergency loan !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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