Well, despite all the voices of discontent on the message boards, Forest are still 3rd in the table and a mere two points off top spot. So Mr. Calderwood will feel entitled to ask,’Crisis, what crisis’? We are certainly a hard bunch to please on the terraces of the City Ground, as was proved with the half time boos against Northampton, even with the score at 0-0. Maybe a visit to the seaside will bring out the best in both the players and supporters alike.
Although the Seagulls had a handsome 4-1 win in midweek away to Orient they’ve been blowing hot and cold for most of the season and sit in 14th place, only 5 points above the drop zone. Brighton have of course been homeless since 1997 when the old Goldstone Ground was sold to pay off debts. They moved into their temporary home in 1999 after a brief ground sharing spell with Gillingham. By the time this fixture comes round on Saturday, the Seagulls may know if they will be moving to Falmer where they hope to build their new home.
Anyway, back to the game and it will be interesting to see what side the manager puts out for this one. Calderwood has virtually a fully fit squad available to him and may well face one or two selection posers, both in midfield and defence. Kris Commons should be available after injury and Sammy Clingan comes back into contention after his latest suspension. New boy Luke Chambers will be looking to get his first start since he signed from the Cobblers. Even in attack their will be tough decisions to be made, as Tyson, Holt, Agogo, Lester and Dobie are all fit and have all played recently. Earlier in the campaign when the two sides met, Forest ran out rather lucky 2-1 winners after going a goal behind. Personally, I’d take the same again. Previous meetings between the two sees the Reds with the lions share of the points. Forest have won 12, Brighton have won 5 and 5 have ended all square.
Brighton and Hove Albion Team News:
Alex Revell has recently made a welcome return for the Seagulls after ligament damage. They will however be without the influential Kerry Mayo, who completes a two match ban.
Player to watch: Alex Revell
Alex ‘Revelldinho’ Revell is a fans favourite and can score from anywhere. During the January transfer window, he was strongly linked with a move to Championship side Coventry.
Nottingham Forest Team News:
No fresh concerns for Calderwood ahead of the game. The only questions are what formation and what personnel he will deploy.
Player to watch: Kris Commons
If selected, it will be interesting to see the creative midfielder with some class team mates beside him, namely Clingan and Prutton. On paper a mouth watering prospect.
Match Facts & Stats
Once again this should be a foregone conclusion and an easy Forest win, but I will opt for a hard fought scrappy 1-0 win. It will be the first time in two months that we will have won away.
Blackpool. Home. 7.45pm. 20 February, 2007.