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MetiNews.Com - The Robins travel to the City Ground in need of a result, to boost confidence and get their play-off charge back on track
Breaking News ! If defeat in the opening weekend of the restart removed a large sense of optimism for Bristol City fans, Sunday's loss at the hands of Sheffield Wednesday has created widespread anger. Frustration with the performance, selection, tactical approach and familiar concerns about the attack now married with an inconsistent and disorganised defence. The idea of Bristol City being a play-off challenging team, as was the case just 10 days ago, has all but evapourated after 180 minutes of desperate disappointment. Read More Related Articles Nottingham Forest v Bristol City: Streaming details, kick-off, referee, match odds and injury news However, two cards Lee Johnson that continues to retain, outside of his own squad's ability, is that a) the Robins do have an agreeable last five games to try and mount a winning run and b) the Championship is a bonkers league in which positions and form regularly changes. City are still only five points from Cardiff City - who they face on Saturday - in sixth, but need some positive results quickly; points against the Bluebirds and Nottingham Forest on Wednesday could change everything. Of course, that's much easier said than done with both in excellent shape since returning from the restart, unlike the Robins. Forest have drawn with Sheffield Wednesday and on Sunday saw off Hundersfield with a relatively comfortable 3-1 win, boosting slight hopes of even making a late run at the automatic promotion places. Ahead of Wednesday evening's match at the City Ground, we spoke to Matthew Davies of Nottinghamshire Live for his take on Sabri Lamouchi's side ... Read More Related Articles Bristol City news and transfers LIVE: Kasey Palmer discussed, Nottingham Forest build-up Read More Related Articles Lee Johnson, Kasey Palmer and a problem that has been a year in the making for Bristol City How well have Forest played since the restart? Pretty well. They should have won both games really. At Sheffield Wednesday they took the lead with a fine Joe Lolley goal but conceded a howler of an equaliser in the 93rd minute. All in all a good point, but there's been times this season when they have failed to hold leads. They were comfortable 3-1 winners against a surprisingly poor Huddersfield team. Much more of a fight was expected from Danny Cowley's team but Forest could have gone up another two or three levels if needed. Nottingham Forest's Matty Cash in action against Sheffield Wednesday Has there been any noticeable change from Lamouchi in their approach? Not tactically no, they are very much the same. Personnel-wise, teenager Brennan Johnson, son of former Reds striker David Johnson, has started both games ahead of club record signing Joao Carvalho. Forest are still very much a counter-attacking team given that worked so well before the break. Read More Related Articles Bristol City behind the scenes: Lee Johnson, Tomas Kalas, loanees and what's gone wrong Which players have stood out over the last two games? Sammy Ameobi was brilliant against Huddersfield, clearing off his own line, setting a goal up and hitting the post. Lewis Grabban remains the key man and he got the first two goals against Huddersfield.
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What's Forest's fundamental strength been so far this season and, contrastly, their biggest weakness? They've been built on organisation, often having far less of the ball but doing far more with it. Lamouchi has them playing on the counter attack and picking teams off. It means the attacking players have to be able to cover a tonne of ground, with the full-backs both being very attacking. They have plenty of cover with two holding midfielders to protect the back four. In terms of weakness, playing on the counter can hurt them at home. Sometimes when teams come to defend they struggle to break them down. They also can struggle defensively against big powerful strikers, such as Rudy Gestede.
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What's the general confidence level at the club regarding promotion? There's every reason to think they'll make the play-offs. Historically 72 points is enough for a top-six finish so they only need eight more. Fans are starting to have a cheeky look at automatic promotion, especially if Forest beat Bristol City and West Brom lose at Sheffield Wednesday. No one is getting ahead of themselves about promotion publicly within the club. The manager barely entertains questions beyond the next game, never mind the end of the season.
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What's the latest on injuries and team news and what line-up do you expect to see? The main selection question is around Samba Sow. He's been great in midfield but had a long-term knee problem. He is fit again, but it's unclear when he will be re-introduced with a huge game against Derby to come. Skipper Ben Watson returned to the midfield against Huddersfield, but might not play in this one. The volume of games means there might be some changes but not many. On the rare occasions Lamouchi makes sweeping changes, Forest have tended to be poor. Predicted team (4-2-3-1): Samba; Cash, Worrall, Figueiredo, Ribeiro; Yates, Watson; Lolley, Silva, Ameobi; Grabban
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