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Nottingham Forest Preview

8 August 2017

We travel to Carabao for our first competitive game with Forest

This weeks League cup fixtures sees Shrewsbury Town and visit Nottingham Forest for the first time in our history. Both teams won their first game of the season Town sneaking past Northampton and Forest beating Millwall 1-0 at home thanks to a goal from Barrie McKay who scored on his debut after arriving from Rangers for a £500,000 fee. Striker Daryl Murphy and defender Tendayi Darikwa also made debut appearances after commanding undisclosed fees from Newcastle and Burnley respectively.

The Manager
Fifty-four year old Mark Warburton started his coaching career with Watford's academy, before making the move to Brentford in February 2011, as both coach. He was appointed sporting director in 2013 and helped lead them to promotion to the Championship in 2014. He is team finished the following season with the club's best second-tier placing for 80 years. He managed Rangers from 2015 to 2017, winning the Scottish Championship and the Scottish Challenge Cup in his first season. He joined Nottingham Forest in March 2017 and helped them to avoid relegation on goal difference. Warburton also had a career as a player, playing at right back with Enfield and Boreham Wood.

Top scorer
After just one game and as previously mentioned, Barrie McKay scored the only Forest goal this season. The twenty-two year old midfielder arrived from Rangers where he also played on loan for Morton and Raith. His goal on Saturday means he has already scored for all of the four clubs he's played for with one for Raith, three for Morton and twelve for rangers. In his time at Rangers he became a pretty steady goalscorer who could easily score into double figures in the right team.

Referee
John Busby from Oxfordshire. Games: 1. Yellow Cards: 4. Red Cards: 0.
Assistants
Anthony Da Costa and David Benton

Squad News
Forest-Manager Mark Warburton has said that he intends to field a side capable of a Championship game.
Town-Joe Riley is still missing.

Prediction
Obviously Forest are the favourites for this one and rightly so, they're a bigger club with better resources and consequently should have better players. They're also at home and what little form there is going their way. That stated, we have a little cup form of our own and we're more than capable of beating Championship sides away in the cup. I usually like to predict a town win but I've been going for draws recently and every time I do we have won. 

Nottingham Forest 2-2 Shrewsbury Town

COYB!!!

Marcus Braddock


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