Having had a tricky start to November the Reds have been on a decent run of late, and travel to struggling Ipswich to reacquaint themselves with last year’s skipper Luke Chambers. Since Mick McCarthy took over from the hapless Paul Jewell there has been a degree of improvement – but there’s been some pretty shambolic results nonetheless.
In their last six they’ve lost three, won two and drawn one – they’ve let in sixteen goals in those games, admittedly eleven of those came in just two rather disastrous defeats on the road against Palace and Leicester City. At home they shipped three to the Owls, narrowly beat Burnley 2-1 whilst only mustering a 1-1 draw against struggling Peterborough at the weekend.
If you weren’t the kind of uber-paranoid person I am then you’d feel quite confident – the Reds on decent form, heading to a team low on confidence – but well, I am uber-paranoid. The kind of form Ipswich have been on is likely to improve – they have a decent squad and a decent manager at this level. So it wouldn’t do to be over-confident.
Which is something not many would accuse Sean O’Driscoll of, anyway – he’ll have a cunning plan I’m sure. With Cox out our only real option up front now is Blackstock – I’m sure he’ll relish the opportunity to go head to head with former Reds skipper Luke Chambers, who left for greener grass that so far this season has looked a little parched and dead.
Elsewhere in our squad we missed Halford, Reidy and Jenas through injury in our last trip to Wolverhampton – so they’ll be assessed for their fitness to see whether they can feature in Suffolk tomorrow evening. Our hosts are likely to be without Nigel Reo-Coker who injured himself in the weekend game against the Posh at Portman Road.
A win would be a third on the bounce for us – something we’ve not managed for a year and a half years, so would represent a decent achievement. Of course, it could also be a result that could push us into the play-offs should other games finish favourably in that regard. However, so far all I’ve got is a basket full of eggs and no chickens!
The thing to watch out for is that man DJ Campbell. Remember him? He’s on loan (along with about nine others) at the Tractor Boys and well, we all have our own bad memories of him don’t we? Forest should approach this game with confidence and I’m sure they will – but I do think that Mick McCarthy will start to turn things around there.
Hopefully on a selfish note he’s not quite had enough time yet…
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