Opposition Focus: Nottingham Forest


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We spoke to YouTubers – Malcolm Owen and Mr Dore from DoreOnTour to get a Forest perspective ahead of Tuesday’s game at The City Ground…

Forest vs Fulham: What’s the first thing that comes to mind?

Great away days at Craven Cottage.

Are you confident going into this game considering you beat us at the Cottage? How would you feel about facing us in the playoffs?

You can never be over confident, both teams are in good form. Not having the home support behind Forest may work in Fulham’s favour.

For the play offs, we fear no-one. We always play better against the better teams, so we are not concerned who we face to be honest. But, we have to get there first!

Which player has had the biggest impact under Lamouchi?

Lewis Grabban. He’s been in fine form and both his work rate and attitude have improved under Lamouchi.

Having chopped and changed his side so much this season, especially before the lockdown, do you think Lamouchi finally has his best side worked out?

I think he has always known his best side, but has sometimes under estimated the levels of opposition in the Championship. Fixtures like Wigan away and Charlton at home for example.

What were your initial thoughts when Lamouchi was appointed as manager?

Who is this guy? Never heard of him? Oh well, he will be gone at Christmas if we are not in top 6…

How would you assess the job he’s done so far? 

Sabri Lamouchi has been fantastic so far. Our away form has been great (big improvement on the last 5 seasons, maybe more. No Forest fan would have expected to be in the plays off with Sabri in charge but now we are optimistic that the next step is the Premier League.

If you were to achieve promotion through the playoffs, how far away do you think your current squad is from being Premier League ready?

Miles away. We would need to buy 6 quality players. The fringe players are nowhere near good enough and some of the first team need stronger competition to help improve them.

If you don’t go up, are you likely to lose a lot of the squad?

We will lose players like Matty Cash , Joe Worrall and Brice samba if we don’t go up. They have been fantastic so far this season.

Who’s been your player of the season?

Our player of the season is Matty Cash due to changes with his position from right-wing to right back. He’s been fantastic all season and credit is well deserved.

How do you see the game going on Tuesday?

Forest will sit back, soak up the pressure and look to counter quickly. It will be a very tight game.

Score Prediction: 1-0 Forest.

Top 6, Bottom 3 and Playoff Winner predictions?

Top 6: Leeds, WBA, Brentford, Fulham, Forest and Cardiff.

Bottom 3: Luton, Barnsley and Hull. But that depends on when Wigan get their points deduction.

Playoff Winner: Brentford.

Thanks to Malcolm Owen and Mr Dore from the YouTube channel DoreOnTour for answering our questions.