Peterborough United vs. Forest preview..

I like to maintain a veneer of pessimism on the blog, as you might have noticed, but I had secretly and dearly hoped that this might be the start of the ‘we don’t need to worry too much about these’ fixtures had we mustered a win against Bristol City.  As we didn’t, it isn’t – points are still very much required as the Reds prepare for a short trip down the M1 to London Road to take on the Posh.

The weekend results could’ve been a lot worse for us were it not for Peterborough, in fairness, who limited Coventry to only picking up a point against them at the Ricoh Arena.  A good result for them and us, the Sky Blues have been on cracking form of late as they plot their survival in the Championship much like us.  It was ex-Forest fringe player Emile Sinclair who netted both goals in that game too, for those of you that like odd coincidences.

It’s likely to prove a stern test for the Reds – unlike us, Peterborough have a decent home record, they’ve won ten at home and scored a lot of goals at London Road, that said – Forest are on a very solid run of games away from the City Ground too, and taking into account the perhaps reasonable claim to bad luck in yesterday’s game against Bristol City, shouldn’t be going to face the Posh low on confidence.

We’ve no fresh injury concerns – so the gaffer will be undoubtedly having a dilemma over whether to stick with a line-up and system that has yielded pretty good results of late, and wasn’t far from doing so yesterday really but for some freak goalkeeping both in the bad sense for us, and the excellent sense for Bristol City.  I think that unchanged would be my preference which is why I fear that he might choose to mix things up.

Darren Ferguson

Peterborough welcomed back Gaby Zakunai to the team after injury, apparently he was involved in a bit of ‘banter’ (sic) with Forest fans on Twitter recently – until then I hadn’t heard of him.  Brief Forest-loanee George Boyd also returned to the side after a dead leg caused him to miss their victory over Leicester City.  Darren Ferguson – looking increasingly like Herr Lipp from ‘The League of Gentlemen’ (thanks LTLF forum for poiinting out that little gem!) might also be able to call upon Tyrone Bennett who has recovered from injury.

After the disappointing game on Boxing Day – a 1-0 defeat decided by a cracking strike from George Boyd – notwithstanding our fairly desperate need to register some points – we do owe Peterborough one anyway.  Funnily enough, on that day too we created a lot of chances but were thwarted by an excellent performance by Posh ‘keeper Joe Lewis.  Forest defy prediction at the moment, so I’m just going to leave it by saying we could really do with at least a point.

We’ve got a pretty daunting looking list of remaining fixtures when you’re in the kind of grumpy mood that I’m in currently (not helped by a massive hangover, admittedly).

8 Responses

  1. Crutical game without a doubt.

    I’ve been looking at run in fixtures and it would appear to me, we have the toughest.
    Peterboro (a) Blackpool (h) Reading (a) Hull (a) Pompey (h)

    Assuming Donny and Pompey are already doomed this matches up against Coventry’s – Bristol (a) Burnley (a) Millwall (h) Doncaster (h) and Southhampton (a)
    And Millwall’s – Pompey (a) Leics (h) Coventy (a) Ipswich (a) Blackpool (h)
    And Bristol’s – Coventry (h) Bham (a) W Ham (h) Barnsley (h) Burnley (a)

    Too close to call? Normally I’d be happy to play Portsmouth at home last day of the season to stay in the League but with our home record this season?

    Sqeaky bum time for sure….!

  2. I would go with the same team. It is a formation designed to bring Majewski into the game. The whole thing needs a bit more urgency to stop allowing teams time to regroup and set up their defence. Oh for the days of a lightning breakaway leeding to likes of Hodge, Stone or Collymore being played in behind the defence for a goal!

  3. I’d drop Camp for a start, two home games running he’s cost us points and it’s been obvious all season he’d rather be somewhere else.

    SC has quite rightly been banging on about competition for places, especially in defence. Now is the time to bust Camp to the bench and look to Smithy to step up. He’s had his critics in the past but is a capable keeper and it’s the kick up the rrrrr’s the current number 1 needs.

  4. well said DAVE totally agree….

  5. Smith and McGugan (for sure) in. Camp and Blackstock out. McGugan up front with Radi behind. Thanks.

  6. Maybe we all need to stop mentioning that we have to win a particular fixture. As soon as we do, sure enough Forest fire blanks! So many losses, as many as Donny & they’re doomed.
    I just hope we can muster two more decent performances & forget this season, as Forest have done their best to destroy any hope following 2 successful campaigns.
    Our 4 game unbeaten run stopped by a really average team, yet we go on the road & beat supposedly good sides….. UNEXPLAINABLE!!
    C’mon Forest I’ve gone a little greyer this season following you. Show some bottle & get through this shittiest season in recent memory.

  7. Just back from the game…! Feel like a kn*b for suggesting Blackstock was left out, given that he scored! But – hey – quality to see McGugan back. Him, Radi, McCleary, Guedeira – quality midfield! Amazing!

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