Forest vs. Portsmouth preview..

I was going to say this season has been one to forget, but whilst it’s been frustrating, depressing, painful and of course incredibly sad, it’s probably one we will remember for a while.  Our visitors too will undoubtedly wish to hasten the consignment of this campaign to the history records, having already confirmed as relegated this is the consummate pointless end-of season fixture, with little at stake other than pride.

Still, it beats being stressed out in a last day showdown that could have been the case.  I suppose a symbolic win at home would be nice, given our appalling home record this season – indeed, even in the latter ‘turnaround’ we still haven’t notched a win at the City Ground in three matches.  Portsmouth too will be sure to want to finish their torrid season with a decent send off for their traveling supporters.

Forest can welcome back one of the key figures in their Championship survival – Garath McCleary returns from his suspension.  Other notable players Dex and Lynch missed the Hull trip with knocks, so might not be risked.  Blackstock’s replacement at the KC Stadium was Marcus Tudgay, but he picked up a knock whilst there too.  Other than that, given that there’s nothing at stake it’s difficult to know what Steve Cotterill will do with his selection.

All in all, I’m looking forward to a stress free trip to the City Ground, to see out the season with friends and have a great time without worrying about the match at all really.  Of course it’d be nice to see a decent match, but well, it doesn’t really matter does it?  I’m more excited about the plans of drinking and excess that are afoot for after the game, if I’m completely honest.

So quite why Steve Cotterill feels compelled to ask the fans not to pitch invade is a bit baffling – pitch invasions are for a last gap survival, a play-off finish, a promotion – maybe even a relegation, thinking back to 1993.  I’m not sure why anybody would be compelled to breach the magic red and white tape to run on the pitch at full time.  I’m not really that bothered by a lap of appreciation by the players either, but each to their own!

It promises to be an interesting summer, with Financial Fair Play coming into play, with our ownership still in the balance – who knows what to predict?  Heaven forbid we might look back on this season with dewy-eyed fondness.  Or maybe not.