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16 Feb 2013


Nottingham Forest away. When looking at the fixture list, I stupidly (in hindsight) looked at this as a pivotal game at the top of the table. It`s 13th versus 17th, with the Whites only three points from the bottom. This just drills in the fact, 100%, that this will not be the season we hoped for. Just in case I hadn`t realised this already.

There is room for optimism, as always. A good end to the season can build the foundations for a more consistent performance in the next, and here we have an opportunity to win consecutive games. It`s been the problem all year; one step forward, two steps back (apologies for the cliché). Overcoming this barrier will ultimately create the willing mentality that the club requires, and we all deeply crave.

Vital Quotes:

Dougie is confident, but all too aware what a new man in charge can do for the club. He told the club website: "Nottingham Forest will represent a difficult test because they`ve got a new manager and when that happens there can sometimes be changes to a team`s line-up. Billy`s been there before so he understands how the crowd works, but I`ve been there as a player, so I know how things work too and I`ve got ideas about how to counteract that.

"I expect there to be a high tempo at the beginning of the game and I expect their crowd to be fully behind them. I know how we`re going to start the game, but we may need to react if Billy makes any late changes to his side. Tactically I will need to be on my toes because I may have to adjust my team, but we`re fully prepared with a 'plan A` and a 'plan B` depending on what Nottingham Forest put out."

Nottingham Forest Team News:

Forest have a fully fit squad, and there`s a fair few quality Championship players in the squad. Which makes it hard to select just one for the below….

Player to watch: Lewis McGugan

According his Wikipedia page, he was the Primera División Argentina top scorer in 2009 with River Plate. Whilst I don`t think that is in any way correct (especially as he has played for Forest for the entirety of his career), he can be a handful. Dangerous from a set piece, and from open play, as we discovered earlier on in the season:

Bolton Wanderers Team News:

Many of the players who made an appearance in the reserve game against Bury on Monday will be pushing for time on the pitch today. This means Holden, Wheater, Medo, Mills. We look to have quite a few interesting options today.

Player to watch: David Ngog

Arguably the classiest player in the squad. Some of Ngog`s short passing and instinctive play is right up there with the best. If he can just cut out his mistakes, and become more consistent, he will be a star. He deserves top flight football, and let`s hope he gets us there. If he gets the opportunity he deserves after last week, then he will cause the Forest defence havoc.

Match Facts & Stats

We are undefeated against Forest in our last seven appearances. But this must stretch far back - before the game at the start of the season, I honestly cannot remember the last time we played them.

Match Prediction:

I`m feeling optimistic. A 2-1 win for the Wanderers. Wouldn`t it be nice?

Next Fixtures:

Another trip down to the East Midlands to play Derby on Tuesday, followed by Hull at home on Saturday.

Date:Saturday February 16 2013
Time: 12:26PM


If N'goals could just kick the ball hard and on target he might have a better chance of impressing us. Fluffs his "shots" too often and he is supposed to be a "striker". Give me strength!
16/02/2013 13:28:00
New manager syndrome and the crowd and players will be right up for it. I would love to be proved wrong but fear a drubbing. If he keeps Eagles away from the pitch altogether and subs players when they should be subbed instead of waiting too long we might have a chance of a draw. Coyfwm.
16/02/2013 13:30:00
Forest played well at the Reebok early this season, todays result can go either way, depends if Freedman starts with the new lads and Holden, then again he normally hasn't got the balls so I fear another insepid performance, would like to see Medo Holden, N'Gog, C.Davies get 90 minutes.
aussie mike
16/02/2013 15:23:00
Unbelievable, according to the coverage I have been watching, not even a shot in the first half!! Shocking
16/02/2013 16:08:00
16/02/2013 16:22:00
Craig Davies all over ya! Bo Selecta ...Get In!!!!
Skopelos Chris
16/02/2013 16:37:00
Tactical genius. Need to get David Lee to show him how to do it. :-(
16/02/2013 17:13:00
No holden, No Medo, No N'Gog, No Craig Davies, No Sordell, in our starting line up - the two best midfielders and the only three forwards who know where the goals are, instead we get SKD who can foul but cannot score, he wastes an absolute sitter yet again ! Freedman is utter *****e, full of garbage like Coyle I see a relegation scrap ahead. Whoever suggests the playoffs needs to wake up and smell the coffee. Today was a golden opportunity to shake the team up and play the best 11, instead we get more of the same rubbish and come off grateful for a draw which is neither use or ornament.
aussie mike
16/02/2013 17:22:00
I understand the anger being expressed but at the start of the January window it was highly unlikely we would have the fantastic run of wins necassary to reach a play off place. DF and Lenny are not fools and would also know the true situation.I think they are playing a longer game having been given 2 seasons to improve the team. Next season we will be without Kevin D ,Spearing , possibly Alonso and even Holden whose recovery seems to be suspiciously taking the same course as O'Brien and Davis did. I think the decline has ceased but the climb back to Premier standards cannot be made in a few months. I hope that by the end of this season that DF has molded a team which will start off next season a much stronger and effective unit. Norjoy
16/02/2013 17:57:00
I understand where you are coming from norjoy but I'm afraid that whilst I agree that its the longer game DF is playing, we need some changes now. Craig Davies clearly knows how to score in this league. Even with 2 in 2 I bet he doesn't start against Derby or Hull. Why is Medo not in the squad? I too am worried about Holden now. I also agree with you regarding those we won't have next year, but if we don't get some points on the board now how many others will follow? Its great to build for the future but putting out a team that can't even muster a shot in the first half is unacceptable and not changing it at half time is even worse.
16/02/2013 18:43:00
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