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Within Blues’ Grasp: Forest Preview

Lee Clark takes his men the short distance to the City Ground today knowing that a win against Nottingham Forest will almost definitely ensure their stay in the Championship this season.


Nottingham Forest come into the game on the back of a terrible run; they haven’t won a game in all competitions in thirteen – since the 3-0 away win over Huddersfield on 11 February – and have kept only one clean sheet since then – in the 0-0 draw with Doncaster Rovers on 15 March. Despite this, they lie in eleventh place sixteen points ahead of Blues and while mathematically they can make the playoffs with six points to make up on sixth placed Brighton it’s not going to be easy to do so.

Caretaker manager Gary Brazil has Danny Collins and Jamie Paterson fit again and David Vaughan could come into the midfield after being an unused sub last week.


Blues welcome back Mitch Hancox to the side after a layoff due to a freak ankle injury. The academy graduate could slot into the left back slot, meaning fellow Bluenose Callum Reilly could move into a more comfortable midfield berth. Lee Novak is out though having got injured up at Middlesbrough but his injury isn’t as bad as first feeared.

It’s not exactly must-win but one must feel that this is a good chance to put more daylight between Blues and the bottom three; results have gone our way of late and mean Blues still have six teams below them, with a game (or two in the case of Blackpool and Yeovil) in hand and a vastly superior goal difference. A win would almost certainly ensure Blues to stay up; should Millwall fail to pick up a point against Middlesbrough the finishing line comes down to just 49 points to stay up and that is easily within Blues’ grasp.

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15 Responses to “Within Blues’ Grasp: Forest Preview”

  • Mrs Crosby says:

    …a win against Nottingham Forest will almost definitely ensure their stay in the Championship this season. “Almost definitely” sums up the uncertainty of it all, even getting to you OP! At least the other teams at the bottom are trying to help us.

  • mark says:

    Great to here blues are taking a massive following today. Blues to win 2-1

  • mark says:

    Daniel tbh its in blues own hands if we were to get regelated then sadly the players are the ones who let us down. Imo we are here to stay come on you blue boys…

  • Art says:

    Can’t see us winning this one today but still think we will stay up with a couple of over due wins at STA.

    Good luck to the team today.

  • Chris W says:

    Forest are easily there for the taking, our away performances have been excellent this season and with a crowd in full voice then a 3-1 win to Blues should see us put any fears of relegation to bed.

  • bluseychris says:

    Blues aren’t safe till the last whistle of the last game is blown and the points keep them out the bottom three. It could still be league one next year.

  • DoctorD says:

    It’s embarassing when it comes down to are we the fourth weakest of seven teams consisting of Yeovil, Barnsley, Blackpool, Doncaster, Milwall, Charlton and ourselves.

  • Chris W says:

    Blues don’t do things the easy way.
    After a poor first half we should some fight after the break.
    Why isn’t Macheda starting every game, he knows where the net is and yet LC persists with Zigic as a lone striker.
    If we go down, and I don’t think we will, LC will have to take the brunt of the blame for his inconsistency of his team selections along with certain players for their lack of passion and effort.

  • edd77 says:

    Clark clearly does not do his homework, macheda scored twice against forest for Doncaster, causing them all sorts of problems, then Clark starts him on bench

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