MATCHWATCH : Nottingham Forest (h) sponsored by James Lambert

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MATCHWATCH : Nottingham Forest (h) sponsored by James Lambert

by Sutekh » 07 Jan 2020 21:26




When : Saturday 11th January, 3pm
Where : Madejski Stadium, Reading, RG2 0FL
Capacity : 24,161

More or less exactly 1 year since they last popped in to see us, Forest are back in town for the first game of an (almost) double header, the away game being due 11 days later.

Reading are in rather good form currently being unbeaten in 7 and having 4 successive league wins under their belt. Yet having seen such miserable form at the club for 2 seasons no-one should be getting too carried away with things just yet particularly as Forest themselves have won their last 3 league games and are sat 4th in the table so will present a formidable challenge.

One time Royal Lewis Grabban poses by far the biggest threat they have to offer with 14 goals from 25 games. Just goes to show how effective he can be when playing up front rather than masquerading as a midfielder under Jaap Stam's influence. The next highest scorer is the fairly useful Joe Lolley with 4 so cutting off supply to Grabban is going to be a must if Reading are to get anywhere with this one.

Forest appear to have been fairly free of injuries this season and been able to name reasonably unchanged line-ups with many players already on the 20+ league appearances mark so they are going to be settled and well versed in understanding each other's game. Reading also have been able to field largely unchanged teams recently so should make for an interesting game with quite probably not a lot in it.

Forest should be largely unchanged from their last game v Blackburn with only full back Chema being a doubt (like Reading, they fielded a reserve team in their tie in the FA Cup at Chelsea reserves). Reading should be nice and fresh after the lack of first team involvement against Blackpool though Moore is going to be a doubt with his shoulder problem so Miazga may start alongside Morrison but other than that I can't see any changes from the 11 that started v Fulham. Puscas should be fit enough to make it to the bench at least.

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Dean Whitestone

Previously

19 Oct 2019 > Reading 1-0 Preston North End
12 Aug 2018 > Reading 2-0 Birmingham City (League Cup)
05 Apr 2016 > Reading 2-1 Nottm Forest
22 Mar 2014 > Birmingham City 1-2 Reading
23 Aug 2011 > Charlton Athletic 2-1 Reading (League Cup)
22 Feb 2011 > Reading 2-1 Millwall
17 Feb 2010 > Crystal Palace 1-3 Reading
07 Nov 2009 > Reading 1-1 Ipswich Town
26 Aug 2008 > Reading 5-1 Luton Town (League Cup)

Historically

Forest have made 21 previous visits to Reading for a league game with all but 4 being at Division 2 level. They have won on 6 of those visits and when Reading lose at home to Forest in the league they fail to score.

Reading have managed 10 wins from those 21 visits and have won the last 4 encounters at the Mad Stad so there is something to live up to.

How to follow the game

  1. Get a ticket and travel to the Mad Stad
  2. Listen to Radio 5 Live and/or a myriad of other radio stations for score flashes
  3. Ring/text a mate for updates
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  5. BBC Radio Berkshire (FM : 104.4, 104.1 or 95.4 depending where you are in the area)

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Re: MATCHWATCH : Nottingham Forest (h) sponsored by James Lambert

by URZZZZ » 07 Jan 2020 21:32

Got to be careful of Forest. Read on their forum that they’ve not lost one second half yet this season. Added to that they haven’t dropped a single point away from home taking the lead, it’ll be a difficult game. Would go with the usual XI but bench competition fierce

Rafael

Gunter
Morrison
Moore
Blackett

Pele

Meite
Swift
Adam
Ejaria

Joao

Walker Miazga Obita Rino McCleary Baldock Puscas

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Re: MATCHWATCH : Nottingham Forest (h) sponsored by James Lambert

by Hound » 07 Jan 2020 21:49

Yep thought they were falling away but 3 wins have put them right back up there

No real reason but don’t have a great feeling about this game, seems we’re due a bit of bad luck

But yeah same team as Fulham etc

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Re: MATCHWATCH : Nottingham Forest (h) sponsored by James Lambert

by Old Man Andrews » 08 Jan 2020 07:53

Dean Whitestone? Mean Shitestone more like!

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Re: MATCHWATCH : Nottingham Forest (h) sponsored by James Lambert

by WestYorksRoyal » 08 Jan 2020 09:11

Hope Pele bosses them. Point to prove?


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Re: MATCHWATCH : Nottingham Forest (h) sponsored by James Lambert

by Westwood52 » 08 Jan 2020 12:48

URZZZZ Got to be careful of Forest. Read on their forum that they’ve not lost one second half yet this season. Added to that they haven’t dropped a single point away from home taking the lead, it’ll be a difficult game. Would go with the usual XI but bench competition fierce

Rafael

Gunter
Morrison
Moore
Blackett

Pele

Meite
Swift
Adam
Ejaria

Joao

Walker Miazga Obita Rino McCleary Baldock Puscas


Doubt Moore will be fit.Dont know about Joao.

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Re: MATCHWATCH : Nottingham Forest (h) sponsored by James Lambert

by Old Man Andrews » 08 Jan 2020 12:49

Westwood52
URZZZZ Got to be careful of Forest. Read on their forum that they’ve not lost one second half yet this season. Added to that they haven’t dropped a single point away from home taking the lead, it’ll be a difficult game. Would go with the usual XI but bench competition fierce

Rafael

Gunter
Morrison
Moore
Blackett

Pele

Meite
Swift
Adam
Ejaria

Joao

Walker Miazga Obita Rino McCleary Baldock Puscas


Doubt Moore will be fit.Dont know about Joao.

Why will Moore not be fit? He wears a sling after games most weeks, he needs an op. He can get through games carrying the injury normally.

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Re: MATCHWATCH : Nottingham Forest (h) sponsored by James Lambert

by genome » 08 Jan 2020 12:51

Really looking forward to this one. The two games against Forest coming up are the real acid test for our season, I think. 4+ points and I will consider us serious playoff contenders.

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Re: MATCHWATCH : Nottingham Forest (h) sponsored by James Lambert

by WestYorksRoyal » 09 Jan 2020 16:05

Sounds like they are a very effective away team. Happy to let us have the ball and hit us on the counter. Hopefully Adam, Swift and Ejaria have enough nous to break them down, while Pele can be effective at breaking up any counter attacks. It seems like we should have the balance we need.


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Re: MATCHWATCH : Nottingham Forest (h) sponsored by James Lambert

by JoeyJoeJoeJnrShabadoo » 11 Jan 2020 00:39

thanks

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Re: MATCHWATCH : Nottingham Forest (h) sponsored by James Lambert

by Barb » 11 Jan 2020 10:47

Is João for for this or not? Haven't seen anything but just seen something on twitter saying we'll miss him.

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Re: MATCHWATCH : Nottingham Forest (h) sponsored by James Lambert

by Sutekh » 11 Jan 2020 12:05

Barb Is João for for this or not? Haven't seen anything but just seen something on twitter saying we'll miss him.


The last I heard was just after the Fulham game where the club hoped that it was just bad cramp that was the cause of Joao’s problem at Fulham, least they weren’t sure whether it was a hamstring or not. I would have to say, in lieu of any further detail, therefore that he is a doubt today.

Options without Joao would be Puscas (though he may not be considered fit enough to start) and then Baldock and/or Meite.

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Re: MATCHWATCH : Nottingham Forest (h) sponsored by James Lambert

by URZZZZ » 11 Jan 2020 12:30

According to the fan who is pretty much ITK with everything on Twitter, Ejaria isn’t starting today, Obita in

Edit : He’s ill but should still be starting


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Re: MATCHWATCH : Nottingham Forest (h) sponsored by James Lambert

by Simmops » 11 Jan 2020 13:39

URZZZZ According to the fan who is pretty much ITK with everything on Twitter, Ejaria isn’t starting today, Obita in

Edit : He’s ill but should still be starting


If he is ill then he should not start. We do not want the other players catching the flu.

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Re: MATCHWATCH : Nottingham Forest (h) sponsored by James Lambert

by WestYorksRoyal » 11 Jan 2020 14:03

Joao out. Think Baldock is a good replacement, though lacks the physicality. Rumours not true; Ejaria playing.

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Re: MATCHWATCH : Nottingham Forest (h) sponsored by James Lambert

by bcubed » 11 Jan 2020 15:32

Lively 5 minutes to start now it's all Forest. Holding on at the moment

Swift looks like last year's model. Giving the ball away regularly.

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Re: MATCHWATCH : Nottingham Forest (h) sponsored by James Lambert

by URZZZZ » 11 Jan 2020 15:35

Really poor so far. Swift and Meite in particular. Adam not doing anything either and Baldock isn’t working as a lone striker. Need to get to half time now

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Re: MATCHWATCH : Nottingham Forest (h) sponsored by James Lambert

by bcubed » 11 Jan 2020 15:39

The ref appears to have left his cards at home

Edit just found them!

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Re: MATCHWATCH : Nottingham Forest (h) sponsored by James Lambert

by WestYorksRoyal » 11 Jan 2020 15:40

bcubed The ref appears to have left his cards at home

Well then let's get stuck in and oxf*rd 'em up.

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