Writer: Our Kids Dad
Date:Saturday February 1 2014
After the hectic end to the transfer window, it`s back to business for Billy Davies and his 'new look` squad as they look to continue to build upon the momentum that has seen them remain unbeaten throughout December and January.
Forest came from 0-2 down on Thursday against Watford, with goals from all 3 substitutes Simon Cox (2), Darius Henderson & Jamie Mackie - so all 3 will be eyeing a starting place.
Yeovil on the other hand are on a less confident run, currently sitting bottom of the Championship, with only 20 points from their 26 games. They have only won 1 of their last 6 Championship games, a 0-2 away win at Birmingham and lost 3-2 in their last game at Pride Park, despite leading 0-2.
The last time the 2 sides met, Yeovil humbled a somewhat complacent Forest 3-1 at Huish Park on 26th October. Ed Upson netted a brace, before former loanee Nate Chalobah pulled one back - only for Byron Webster to restore the 2 goal advantage a minute later - all before half time.
Forest will be looking to avenge that defeat and hopefully making it 13 games unbeaten in the process, consolidating their position in the top 6 and keeping pressure on the teams above them.
Ishmail Miller, currently on loan at Yeovil from Forest, will definitely be unable to play - due to the terms of his loan & Ed Upson (who replaced him at Derby) will not feature following his deadline day move to Millwall. James Hayter is likely to deputise.
Sam Hoskins is a doubt with a groin injury, while Liam Davis and Nathan Ralph could also miss out.
Forest remain without long term absentees Chris Cohen, Dexter Blackstock and Kelvin Wilson - other than that, the injury list has improved in recent weeks.
Henri Lansbury is eligible again after completing his 2 game suspension for accumulating 10 yellows, so he will be looking at a starting berth. Simon Cox`s brace against Watford may see him replace makeshift striker Greg Halford, but competition for places should be even more fierce.
With great thanks to the Chairman, Fawaz Al Hasawi and his backroom staff - Forest signed 5 players in the final throes of the transfer window, so it remains to be seen whether any of Danny Fox, David Vaughan, Jack Hobbs, Rafik Djebbour or Kevin Gomis will force their way into Billy Davies`s squad - but with games coming thick & fast for Forest - the manager has hinted that he will rotate his squad to keep them fresh.
The match will be referee`d by Graham Scott, who has officiated 20 games this season, dishing out 71 yellow & 10 red cards - so, you wouldn`t bet against him brandishing a card or 3. For those on suspension watch, Darius Henderson, Andy Reid & Dan Harding all have 4 yellows to their names.
These banana skin type fixtures are always tricky, as Forest will start as firm favourites by the bookies - but this takes the pressure off Yeovil. I`ll risk the nipper`s pocket money on 1-1 as Yeovil will no doubt come and park the bus, like Preston did - so it`s down to Forest to break them down.
Come On You Reds!!!
Date:Saturday February 1 2014
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