Forest bring the tie back to Nottingham on Tuesday evening looking to turn around a one goal deficit against Blackpool in this Semi-Final 2nd leg of the Championship play offs. In the past, Forest have failed to win either 2nd leg of a play off game having previously gone into the second game drawing (Sheff U) & winning (Yeovil) so it could be third time lucky for the Reds knowing this time that they have to win to get to Wembley.
Nottingham Forest Team News:
Paul McKenna made his come back from injury & is expected to continue on Tuesday & Chris Cohen recovered from mumps to play in the 1st leg & likewise is expected to start. Most likely change for this game will see Robbie Earnshaw replace Nathan Tyson in the starting 11 but Guy Moussi may miss out with a groin strain.
Player to watch: Rob Earnshaw
Forest’s leading scorer should return to the starting line up for this game & his goal poaching will be vital to the Reds if they hope to progress
Blackpool Team News:
Alas there was no yellow card for Charlie Adam in the previous game which will probably see Ian Holloway name an unchanged side.
Player to watch: Charlie Adam
The midfielder has scored in all three Blackpool’s wins over Forest this season
Match Facts & Stats
Forest haven’t conceded a goal at home since February, have only conceded twice at home this year & only conceded 5 goals at home since their last defeat at the City Ground (to Blackpool) way back in September.
Forest have the best home defence in the play offs having conceded just 13 times throughout the entire season while Blackpool have the worst away defence in the play offs conceding a whopping 36 goals away from Bloomfield Road.
Nobody in the Championship has won more games at home than Forest with 18 victories.
Blackpool have only failed to score 6 times away from home this season & have only been involved in one goalless draw on the road They have only won 6 away ties this season but three of those have come in their last 4 away fixtures
Mark Clattenburg of Tyne & Wear will take charge of this game, Some Forest fans may remember him from when he sent off Michael Dawson in the 1st leg of our Championship play off semi-final against Sheffield United.
He will be assisted by Steven Child of Kent & Mick McDonough of Tyne & Wear.
Lee Mason of Lancashire will be the Forth Official for the day.
Forest are in fine form at home & with Forest be chasing the win it will make for an interesting game, Forest generally don’t concede at home but Blackpool have plenty of fire power so another clean sheet may be too much to ask, Forest can score at home too though, so I’m going for a 3 – 1 home win in the second leg & a Forest 4 – 3 win on aggregate.
Wembley May 22nd?