West Ham United vs. Forest preview..

Let’s start with something positive – our youngsters are 7-1 against Wigan in the FA Youth Cup fourth round.  Bamford has scored four and there’s still twenty odd minutes to go.  Perhaps the future isn’t so bleak after all?  And now, let’s drop back down to earth by contemplating the weekend’s fortunes of our senior so-called professionals.

Our next probable defeat will come at the hands of West Ham United at Upton Park.  Whilst the motivation of labouring our way out of the drop zone and perhaps salvaging a bit of personal pride ought to be motivation enough for our lads, Sam Allardyce’s side have the opportunity to claim the top spot that could be theirs with a third successive win in the league.

The only absentees for Big Sam are the longish term injury victims of Guy Demel and Matt Taylor, both players have returned to training with the Hammers, but aren’t likely to be fit enough to be risked against us.  Well, let’s face it, they probably are – but given the other options at their disposal it would seem an unnecessary risk!

We are without Chambers, who serves the second game of his three match suspension, and are still missing Wes Morgan, Chris Cohen and Ishmael Miller through injury.  Tuds is likely to feature again, and perhaps after his ill-conceived Twitter tantrum Matt Derbyshire might have talked himself out of an opportunity to prove himself to be something other than the lightweight diving sod that we’ve seen so far. (I wish I’d screen-capped his tweet too!!).

Of course, we do have the former-player factor in our favour – Marlon Harewood of course left his first spell at Forest to hook up with West Ham United back in 2003.  He netted a goal every two and a bit games for them, admittedly at a time when youth was still on his side and he could last a full game, but y’never know!  If we play anything like we did on Tuesday though we’ll see the kind of shoe-ing that West Ham dished out at the City Ground back in August.

I would be delighted, as ever, to be proven wrong – but I can’t see much past a comfortable win for the home side here unless Sean O’Driscoll can have a really fast impact on our moody squad, or indeed the supposedly interesting news that Paul Taylor has been teasing his followers on Twitter over that might transpire tomorrow.  Maybe Stan Collymore is going to come out of retirement and roll back the years working under Frank Clark once again.

Hmm. Maybe not.  Frankly, a point here would be a delightful surprise – three would make me a little bit delirious!

Patrick Bamford: Scored more goals tonight than any of our senior players have managed all season

In the meantime the youngsters have just netted their eighth goal against Wigan courtesy of Osborn.  Well done lads, I might forgo my season ticket in future and start following the youth team!  Sorry, make that 9-1. Bamford with a fifth goal – that’s indicative of a real winning mentality right there – so many goals up but still wanting more.  The senior players could learn a thing or two from our youngsters.

They’ve scored more goals in an hour than the first team have mustered in thirteen matches.  Full time score was 9-1.  Take a bow, lads, that really is excellent.

10 Responses

  1. Bamford and Harewood upfront v WHU and go for it. Cloughie would always pick q player in form. The Cockneys will be expecting Forest to roll over. At the very least, the players hankering for a move away would improve their prospects a little with a performance.

  2. Well, as a Hammer, I wasn’t actually feeling tooo confident til I read this!

    Looking forward to seeing Marlene bak at The Boleyn; he’ll get a good reception – just hope we don’t see his trademark “shirt off, pumping his chest as he wheels away after scoring” celebration.

    Hope Forest can avoid relegation – a proper team, proper fans and deserving of better times. Hope you go on an unbeaten run from about 5pm Saturday!

  3. Reid ,Bamford and Gunter,and Smith in goal,and then fill in the rest !!!!!!!!!!
    What have we to lose ?
    Let’s hope the hammers are complacent,but with Big Sam in charge I doubt it !
    Hope fully we can now sack the two coaching clowns and free some money . Justifiable sacking means no compensation to pay !!!!!!
    Arthur out !
    Frank Clark, wield the axe Now !!!!!!!!!!

  4. morin everyone and a big hello on this site to Owd Jom, nice to hear your comments on here………I was in ‘shot the other week brought back a few memories and tears? Hope your well and the lad is too?

    Anyway, an interesting morning, I suggest you read the NEP some very interesting comments coming out of the club. For me the most significant is that ND hasn’t had contact or been to watch Forest since he took his ball home!!!!! Another 8 year old in a 50 year olds body!!! The other news is that the board(whoever they are) are considering a offer for Wes. Time to prepare for next season me thinks?

    As for tomorrow losing by less than 2 goals would be a result. I’m off to the rugby tomorrow for a little light relief, hope you all have a good weekend.

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  6. Other young Forest ‘hot-shots’ who there was a clamour to play in the first team after scoring in the reserves and youth team:- David Freeman, Spencer Weir Daley, Steve Guinan, Craig Westcarr, Emile Sinclair, Adam Newbold, Brian Cash, Paul McGregor, they are just the ones I can think of. Lets not ruin Bamfords career eh?

  7. Just watched the youth team highlights ! How refreshing to see ball passing,good running off the ball and Goals !!
    Get rid of Mclarens coaches Now !

  8. Bamford and Derbyshire have not travelled down but Ishmael Miller has. Think he will be on the bench. Would be a good option. He seems very up for it, according to his tweets.

  9. We are utter crap same old story couldnt hit a barn door from 2 yards and the usual penalty and crap defending .We are a team of complete bottle merchants coupled with a management team who couldnt run a tea party in a cake shop.

    Useless ……..?

  10. I was born by the river trent
    Oh and just like the river I’ve been running ever since
    It’s been a long, a long time coming
    But I know a change gonna come, oh yes it will

    It’s been too hard living but I’m afraid to die
    Cause I don’t know what’s up there beyond the sky
    It’s been a long, a long time coming
    But I know a change gonna come, oh yes it will

    I go to the movie and I go downtown somebody keep telling me don’t hang around
    It’s been a long, a long time coming
    But I know a change gonna come, oh yes it will

    Then I go to my brother
    And I say brother help me please
    But he winds up knockin’ me
    Back down on my knees


    There been times that I thought I couldn’t last for long
    But now I think I’m able to carry on
    It’s been a long, a long time coming
    But I know a change gonna come, oh yes it will…..AS SUNG IN THE TUNE BY SAM COOKE …

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