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.
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).
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