From one Athletic that call themselves Latics to another that call themselves Addicks, Forest are preparing for a home game this time against Charlton. Having cantered to promotion from League One last season and – like us – enjoying an unbeaten start to life in the Championship, make no mistake – they’ll fancy a go at all three points.
They’ve recently added Riccardo Fuller to their ranks – and he’s in line to make his first appearance for Chris Powell’s side having missed out at the weekend where they drew 0-0 with Hull. Of course, with the transfer window looming there could be both arrivals or departures for both sides before the game – but Forest are likely to give a debut to Henri Lansbury.
Certainly if this Charlton fan’s blog is in any way typical of their thinking, they don’t seem remotely fazed by us – indeed, I’d go so far as to say they are somewhat disparaging! That said, in between the unnecessary waspishness there are some reasonable observations – whilst not taking into account the newness of our side and time needed to gel after a crap pre-season (and perhaps basing much of their views on the Wigan game where we certainly weren’t at our best).
As for not being merry with an 11th placed finish, obviously that Charlton fan didn’t keep much tabs on the shambles we were last season – I’d still be content with that now as we rebuild! I’m not sure what ‘the Massives’ are that they reference – but certainly I’ve been taking an interest in Charlton as our next opponents, like I do most weeks!
So, Charlton enjoyed a pretty extensive pre-season to help continue the momentum of an excellent season in League One. They’ll be looking to the likes of Southampton and Norwich who made the adjustment to the Championship look stupifyingly easy and attained promotion up again. Early signs are good, as mentioned above, with them remaining unbeaten in the league.
The season opener in the Capital One Cup saw them out in the first round at the hands of Leyton Orient on penalties after drawing 1-1 in regulation time, but that blip aside they’ve picked up a couple of draws and a win, like us. An opening day 1-1 with Birmingham at St. Andrews, a home victory of 2-1 over Leicester and a 0-0 draw with Hull city at home last weekend.
It’s a decent start against tricky opponents. Cort, Kermogent and Bradley Wright-Phillips have all netted so far in the league, and they’ll of course be looking for goals from Fuller too as he embeds himself in the side. As I write they’ve not got a preview up yet so I’m assuming there’s no injury worries for them – for us we have Tudgay struggling but otherwise we are okay.
Like all of our games it’s a difficult one to predict, particularly since our opponents are a bit of an unknown quantity – however they are on a good run and not to be underestimated. If there’s one thing I’m confident of with Sean O’Driscoll in charge it’s that we won’t be underestimating anyone.
I’m looking forward to it and hoping that some of the more negative fans who came out of the woodwork for the cup game opt to either change their mindset or stay away. Similarly I most certainly expect a better performance than we saw in spells against Wigan, I’m sure the boys are eager to put that result to bed with an impressive followup.
It will be interesting to see what happens when Mull of Kintyre goes up pre-match because it’s song that the Charlton fans adopted around the time they moved back to The Valley in the late 80’s. Whilst it has had a resurgence of late with the pre-match routine, to my knowledge our lot have been singing it pretty much since it was released.
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