A daunting prospect for the Reds. A trip to the Reebok Stadium, just three days after their last game – and in front of the Sky cameras. Oh, and it’s against one of the teams fancied to bounce straight back to the top flight having fallen through the Premier League trapdoor last season.
It’s not been a rip-roaring start from the Lancashire side – opening day defeat against local rivals Burnley perhaps provided a wake-up call that lead to them defeating Derby on Tuesday to register their first points of the season. As well as retaining a decent squad, they’ve added the likes of Matt Mills and Keith Andrews to their ranks.
In terms of injuries, Keith Andrews broke his nose after clashing heads with veteran striker Kevin Davies this week so is a doubt, whilst Forest have no fresh worries – just Karl Darlow with his ankle injury and Daniel Ayala with a hip problem. It seems likely to me that following the performance at Huddersfield the Reds would line up with the same team if possible.
With Owen Coyle at the helm Bolton do benefit from a manager eminently familiar with this level, having joined them from Burnley. The consensus of Bolton fans seems to be undecided on his calibre – but, and we will benefit here, the stereotypical Allardyce ‘hoof’ team is a thing of the past, and Coyle does promote a passing style.
They look dangerous on the flanks, with Petrov on one side and Lee on the other – up front they have the evergreen Kevin Davies who certainly knows where the net is. It should provide us with a decent challenge – I’m hoping to see Forest try to impose their own game as they did at the John Smith’s Stadium on Tuesday.
Of course, with Bogdan in goal should we find ourselves more deadly infront of goal we will meet the resistance of an excellent ‘keeper too – so well, a draw would be a good result – a win would be tremendous (and would put us momentarily on top of the table!). I’m looking forward to the trip, though!
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