In the midst of a heady run of three games unbeaten, the visit of Doncaster Rovers tomorrow evening represents a sizeable game for both clubs, both ensconced at the wrong end of the table. Of course, with a recent upturn in form and the benefit of a points deduction to Portsmouth we find ourselves outside the relegation zone with a four point margin of safety – our visitors remain firmly at the bottom of the table.
The Reds were denied a win on the road at Barnsley at the weekend thanks to a combination of a referee missing the most obvious handball you’ll ever see, and of course our own lack of capitalising on our lead and allowing the home side a way back into the game. Our visitors also mustered a draw at home to Brighton thanks to getting a late spot kick which was duly converted by El-Hadji Diouf. They remain five points clear of safety and are looking increasingly desperate for the points.
On the injury front Steve Cotterill will be checking upon injury victims Chambers and Moussi – their injuries apparently minor in nature they’re likely to be contenders for this one. Danny Higginbotham has a more serious injury so is unlikely to return, remaining on the sick list with Miller, Harewood, Derbyshire, McGoldrick, Majewski and Cohen. Suddenly we seem to have a considerable injury list again, don’t we?
Doncaster will be missing Brian Stock who picked up a knock at the weekend against Brighton. On the personnel links front Forest have of course relatively recently taken on former Rovers manager Sean O’Driscoll as a first team coach – he was replaced at Doncaster by former Forest striker Dean Saunders. With no win in their last eight games, fans of Online Bookies might fancy a bet on Forest to continue their faltering return to form and bid for safety.
All in all an important fixture for both of us – and one neither side is likely to be taking lightly. As such it would seem salient to predict a cagey encounter. Without wishing to be disrespectful to our visitors I think it’s reasonable to expect Forest to be able to overcome their fellow strugglers – however they’re going to have to put a shift in to do so. It’s more of a must-win for them than us, but it would come really in handy for us too!
A big couple of games coming up. Wins would go some way to offering significant reassurance on us achieving safety!
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