Reading vs. Forest preview..

Having been unfortunate not to have managed to do the double over Blackpool at the weekend, we are handed perhaps a more challenging opportunity to do the same over promotion-chasing Reading.  It’s easy to forget that 1-0 win over them at the City Ground back in November, isn’t it?  A Marcus Tudgay goal enough to give us the points against the Royals before they found their groove and mounted a promotion assault.

As we get to the business end of the season lots of permutations and possibilities could come to fruition.  Most pertinent to us in the question of our avoidance of relegation.  Quite a simple one to determine – win, we’re safe.  If we don’t win, then we need to match Coventry’s result – so basically, if Millwall can do us a big favour and notch a win at the Ricoh Arena.

Of course, our hosts have much reason to still be highly motivated too – a victory for the home side coupled with the admittedly-unlikely with a failure of West Ham to beat struggling Bristol City away would secure promotion for the Berkshire side.  To all intents and purposes a win for Reading will see them up barring some kind of spectacular exercise in incompetence.

Steve Cotterill has already hinted at making changes, and to be truthful I can see why – a fair few games over the last few days are bound to have taken their toll.  He of course can’t pick the suspended McCleary, and I’m sure will be hoping that Guy Moussi is available for selection again to add a bit more muscle to midfield and give Adlene Guedioura the opportunity to get forward a bit more having been playing more of a defensive cameo in recent games.

Reading have a few more on their injury list, Leigertwood, Connolly, Robson-Kanu, Karacan and Anderson have all suffered injuries of late and could be missing – but as their last performance at St Mary’s will show, they’ve got a big enough squad to still pose a daunting threat to to us.  As I might have said before before big trips away, it’s difficult to see Forest getting much – and d’you know what?  I stand by it.

A sell-out crowd in the mood to celebrate could work in our favour if we manage to frustrate the home side or nick a surprise goal – but well, I’m not holding out too much hope for this midweek trip to the Madejski.  It would be a literary treat if Majewski could silence the Madejski, though, wouldn’t it?  I won’t be placing any bets on it, though!

19 Responses

  1. I really think Reading could freeze in their big night, especially if they have half an eye on results elsewhere. Need a bit more from Anderson and McGugan, though.

  2. 2-1 to Forest for no other reason than nobody expects us to get anything out of it and we play better when the pressure’s off.

  3. I have a feeling we will get something from this game tomorrow. McGugan with a rocket!

  4. Another nervy fixture looms for all connected to forest. Reading really are flying at the moment but surely they’re due for a let down soon.
    Our form is good & our away form is even better.
    At the risk of sounding like a child spitting his dummy…… I JUST WANT THIS RELEGATION THREAT TO GO AWAY SO C’MON FOREST!

  5. I think it’s worth a bet though….

    Radoslaw Majewski & Nottingham Forest 1-0 Scorecast – Reading v Nottingham Forest 115/1

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! #COYR

  6. Majewski to score at the only goal at the Madejski – that would be ace!!!! Let’s get McGugan in the team and go for it! COYR!

  7. Got a good feeling about this one. That’s normally the cue for a pasting but, as you say, Reading are due a stumble and there’s no question we’re playing very sweetly away from home at the moment. Would help if the Moose was with us but looking forward to it anyway..

  8. 1) What has happened to the following:
    i) Ishmail Miller
    ii) Matthew D*rbyshire
    iii) George Boateng
    2) Which Forest manager in recent memory made the worst transfers: David Pratt or Sack McClaren?

  9. Reading will be a good test of our improving form. I expect a draw at best, so Millwall getting a point is what would do the trick. o Cov then have Donny, so likely to pick up 3 points, so if it doesnt happen for us tomorrow…..

    The hammers pushing Southampton for second place until the last day could be our saving grace. (If we can better Pompey on the last day)

  10. Not sure whether its just years of recent disappointment gnawing away at my old bones but I still don’t think we are out of the woods this season. Not convinced we will get anything at Reading nor Hull meaning our fate, in the meantime, is in the hands of others which is never good. Coventry’s next two games are very winnable for them and Bristol’s are both at home so anything can happen.

    I don’t want it to come down to the last game but I have a sneaky feeling it might…..

    Ooooer missus!

  11. Unlike other posters here, I’ve got a feeling we’ll lose, but I don’t care. I think we’re safe. In fact I’d put my house on it… Well, I would if I hadn’t lost my house last time I bet it on Forest doing something that seemed a sure thing.

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  13. Could be a double celebration – Reading and Millwall win and West Ham don’t. And being an 8pm KO we could be safe with 15 mins still to play!

  14. Team for tonite:

    McGugan McGugan McGugan McGugan

    McGugan McGugan McGugan McGugan



    Simple, he is Gods son after all!!!

  15. We’re safe !!!!!
    Just saying ….

  16. What a relief, we are safe!!!!!! Supporting Forest is never bloody easy. Looking forward to relaxing a bit more now. Relegation would have been unthinkable in our current state. Great job and big congrats Steve and Sean.

  17. Safe at Last !!!! Phew !.Get the buyers in, get some contracts signed,get rid of the rubbish,and lets see some action !!! Yeah !!

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