Friday, 19 September 2014

Run of the Mill

The matches certainly come thick and fast in the Championship. Barely have we caught our breath following Forest's thrilling 5-3 victory over Fulham, than it's time to look forward to their next match. That's if you can call the anticipation of a visit to Millwall 'looking forward.'

Alongside the London club's famously warm welcome, we'll also face the prospect of playing a team managed by perennial Forest nemesis Ian Holloway. Suffice to say, this will be yet another match in which the Reds can take nothing for granted.

Following the Lions' easy Championship survival after Holloway was installed as manager, they've made a steady if not spectacular start to the 2014/15 season. However, regardless of their form, The Den is never the easiest place to go and Forest will have to play better than they did against Fulham if they've any hope of returning to Nottingham with all three points.

Captain Chris Cohen will obviously be missing this match, but it remains to be seen if any of the other injured trio of Matt Fryatt, Jack Hobbs and Andy Reid will be able to play any part. Hobbs' solid assurance alongside Michael Mancienne would certainly be welcome as I think makeshift centre-back Danny Fox struggled against the twin threats of McCormack and Rodallega.

That being the case, I can see Fox moving to left-back to be replaced by either Kelvin Wilson or Jamaal Lascelles - should either of them be fit enough to start - with Eric Lichaj possibly missing out. I can also see the same 4-5-1 formation as the last few matches being employed, though hopefully to better effect than against Fulham. If David Vaughan is fit then he could be drafted in to shore up the midfield.

Last season's meeting ended in a 2-2 draw and a similar result wouldn't be too bad, but this match probably fits into the 'games you should be winning if you want to achieve promotion' category.' We've got the personnel to win matches like this, there's no doubt about that, we just need to keep the belief and concentration.

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