Thursday, 23 October 2014

Rover and Out

Another game, another failure to win. But in this case 'failure' is too harsh a word, as coming back twice to draw away at the (then) League leaders Watford was, in fairness, a pretty decent result. Watford are a good side who'll win more than they lose this season, and escaping with a point after being behind twice isn't too shabby. Many teams will go to Vicarage Road this season and leave with nothing.

It's back to the City Ground next for the visit of Blackburn Rovers. Things are a lot more settled at Ewood Park these days after a couple of turbulent seasons under the chaotic ownership of the Venkys. Gary Bowyer seems to have won the managerial game of musical chairs and Rovers are sitting comfortably in mid-table, only three points behind Forest.

As usual with Blackburn, almost-guaranteed goal-machine Jordan Rhodes will be the one to watch, though Rudy Gestede has proved an able partner since joining the club and is their top League scorer this season. Midfielder Ben Marshall is another to be wary of, and indeed he scored their goal in last season's Trentside defeat. Defensive behemoth Grant Hanley will no doubt prove obstructive, if for no other reason than the time taken to circumnavigate his tremendous bulk.

The Reds will have midfielder Henri Lansbury available again after his suspension, which will give Stuart Pearce a choice to make with David Vaughan fit as well. It wouldn't be surprising to see Pearce revert back to a 4-4-2 at home, with Matt Fryatt coming back in for - possibly - Ben Osborn.

No game is really a 'must win' so early in the season, but after so long without one, a victory would be very welcome indeed. Despite this winless streak, Forest are still currently better off than in the comparative matches last season. Three points against Blackburn would ensure we stay that way, and stay in the mix at top of the table.

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