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Interview With An Away Fan: Nottingham Forest

Ahead of our game against Nottingham Forest, Thomas Hill spoke to Nick Miller from Notts Forest site In The Top One

After a solid start you've now gone backwards ever so slightly. Are you confident of a promotion push?
We've certainly got the players to do it, it's just finding a good balance in the team, which has been problematic over the season so far. When we're on our game, which we were against Wolves the other week, I think there's only a couple of better sides in the division, but we're just infuriatingly inconsistent. Automatic might be a stretch, but I think everyone is reasonably confident of the playoffs.

I personally don't rate Stuart Pearce, what's the general consensus amongst Forest fans?
You're probably wandering into the realms of the irrational here, because of who he is and what he represents to Forest fans, but the overwhelming emotion among the non-idiots is that he should be given as much time as possible. After years of flux and having Billy Davies as our manager (twice), most of us just want some stability and a manager we actually like, which is what we could have in Pearce.

Which of your players do we need to look out for and why?
Our best players this season have been Britt Assombalonga, Michael Mancienne and Michail Antonio, although the latter has stopped scoring in recent weeks. Depends what team Pearce picks, but watch out for Ben Osborn too - lovely ball-playing midfielder, not unlike your own Alex Mowatt.

What system will you be playing for the game?
Probably something close to a 4-4-2, with Matty Fryatt up top with Assombalonga, but we went 4-2-3-1 last weekend with a fairly fluid three behind the striker.

If you could sign any Leeds player who would it be?
Probably Mowatt, but we're pretty well set for creativity in midfield. Maybe Sam Byram, as we've had some issues at full-back this season.

What do you think our strengths and weaknesses are?
You seem to be wildly unpredictable, which I'm not sure whether is a strength or a weakness, from an opposition perspective. I have absolutely no idea which version of Leeds is going to show up.

What are your strengths and weaknesses?
Assombalonga obviously, and we've been pretty strong down the flanks with Antonio, Chris Burke and Jamie Paterson. If Osborn/Henri Lansbury are on form, they'll control the middle of the park too. Defence has been more of an issue, with lack of a convincing regular partner for Mancienne, even though Kelvin Wilson and Jamaal Lascelles are theoretically two of our best players.

Three to get promoted, and three to go down?
Derby, Boro and...ah, sod it - Forest. At t'other end, Blackpool obviously, then could be anyone. I'll go with Rotherham and Brighton are in real trouble if they insist on sticking with Sami Hyypia for much longer.

First goalscorer today?
Obvious, Assombalonga. He's awesome.

And the result?
2-1 Forest.

Once again a big thanks to Nick for taking the time to speak to us, you can follow In The Top One onTwitter.


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