League One Play Offs
By Bristol Boy
Looking at the protagonists, my thoughts Iíll have to admit, are purely selfish. As much as I admire the efforts of the smaller clubs, Iíve had enough of going to dumps like Yeovil & Blackpool and standing or indeed sitting on uncovered terraces and temporary seating.
The same can be said about Brighton where you pay through your nose for the privilege.
Part of the attraction of The Championship for me is going to better grounds, bigger crowds, big match atmosphere, bigger followings, and the whole matchday experience.
Forest have a cracking ground and excellent, if somewhat discontented, support at times...not unlike another club I know!
Oldham can at least accommodate away fans in number, under cover and sat down in some degree of comfort. Always two coats colder at Boundary Park, but Iíll take that as opposed to a soaking at the other two outposts that architecture and construction forgot!
Then, when Iím looking at going to Forest again, thereís a vision. No, not Amiceís, bloody Calderwood and his mind games that got on everyoneís nerves, Forest fans included, towards the end of the season. In fairness, his negative tactics at AG could have helped us greatly with our promotion push as, no doubt, did some of his daft comments about chokers although, he does have a point based on previous seasons!!
So, for me, it has to be Oldham and they have trounced Forest twice this season already.
Forest, with Tyson, Holt & Aggogo out, are left with Lester & Dobie (the forgotten man) to play upfront and they, like us will have to rely on their defence dominating and goals coming from midfield with the likes of Commons, McGuggan & Perch chipping in.
Oldham, when flying, have goals in them with Warne, Porter & Wellens. Blackpool are the form team without doubt. Parker, Morrell, Hoolahan, Brandon, Forbes & Burgess all know where the net is. Evattís a decent centre half and they are capable of taking anyone apart and full of confidence after a dreadful start to the season saw them win one game in ten and we all know where that was!
Their manager has a great record in the play offs as a player and they are on form so that probably means theyíll fall over at the last hurdle!!
Nothing against the players, manager or the town but that ground or, more accurately, half a ground, gets right up my hooter. Donít get me started on the pitch!
Itís a tough one to call and if I had to put my house on it one way or the other, Iíd probably go for Blackpool on the basis that these are cup matches in essence, particularly the final at Wembley.
Not being a betting man (well, a successful betting man), Iíll go for a Forest v Blackpool final with Forest to win because of their superior defence and because Calderwood will pinch a goal and get 11 players behind the ball.
Iíll get to go to a decent ground with a load of Ciderheads and Iíll just have to settle for City wiping the smile off CCís face another day.
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