Match Preview:Town Vs Nottingham Forest

Huddersfield Town story posted by Sean Makin on 25/08/2006
Notts Forest head to the Galpharm tomorrow on the back of three straight wins in the league so far, As Town who were knocked out by Mansfield Town in midweek in the Carling Cup, Notts Forest, who were knocked out by Accrington Stanley, Both sides will be looking to pick up from the cup upset.Match Preview:Town Vs Nottingham Forest
Peter Jackson couldn?t defend his sides? performance against Mansfield in the Examiner and had to apologize to the fans saying ?He couldn?t defend his players after that performance?.

With the Giants in the Challenge Cup final tomorrow against St Helens at Twickenham, The match was hoping to be switched to the following Tuesday night so all of Huddersfield could watch it or more Town fans who wanted to go to the game could go but after an agreement the match was switched to a 12:30 kick off.

This match should be classed as a promotion contender, Forest started poorly last season and were favourites as they are now this season, to win League One, but after a poor start they faulted and after a change of management a late surge was made but to no avail.
Town are tipped to bounce back from last season?s play-off disappointment and with the arrival of goal getter Luke Beckett, the bookies fancied us even more.
But on reading betting papers and magazine none of the betting punters has recommended to place a bet on us to go up, I hope we prove these betting experts wrong.


John Worthington could be out for several weeks with a hernia, Adnan Ahmed is slowly returning to training but both are unavailable for their midfield duties.
Chris Brandon had a knock to the ankle in training and could be doubtful and also doubtful could be Gary Taylor-Fletcher who had to be taken off in last week?s game away at Brentford and couldn?t carry on against Mansfield in midweek.
Jacko is pinning his hope on Michael Collins to provide after an impressive performance in a bad game against Mansfield but the team should be relatively the same from the Mansfield match.


Colin Calderwood was appointed as the man to take Forest back into the Championship. The pressure will be on as many consider Forest in this league as ?a big fish in a small pond?. Colin the millstone is around your neck mate.
Only one player was brought in during the summer, Paul Smith from Southampton at ?500,000 a lot of money for this division, but could be a good sign as he has only let one goal in the last four games.
Grant Holt is firing Forest forward, with Nathan Tyson out injured Holt, signed from Rochdale last season is stepping up to the plate scoring both goals in the 2-1 win over Brighton at the City Ground last week.
Not many missing on Forest?s part, Scott Dobie is not yet fit despite scoring two goals for the reserves in a 6-0 win over Shrewsbury reserves. Kris Commons is still recovering from a ankle injury which he suffered in pre-season.

Last time out:

Town won 2-1 in a temper flared match in which saw Forest down to nine men with Ian Breckin sent off after a professional foul on Taylor-Fletcher and Jack Lester got a second yellow for diving.
First half goals from Andy Booth and Danny Schofield in a fantastic first half display (one of the best for a long while) Jack Lester scored early in the second half for Forest but Town held on.

One to watch:

Grant Holt- Had been Rochdale?s top scorer for past few season and is finding the net at Forest, A tall, powerful striker with a good goal scoring record.

Sean?s Verdict:
A tight match but I can see Town winning 1-0.

Bookies- Town 8/5 Draw 11/5 Forest 17/10

I would also like to wish the Huddersfield Giants all the best in tomorrow?s Challenge Cup final.


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