clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Are Forest fans confident of a win tonight? Who do they fear? Will Daryl Murphy haunt us?

To get the Forest feeling on tonight’s game, Rory caught up with David Marples, co-producer of Nottingham Forest fanzine Bandy & Shinty. As well as previewing the game, David gives us a quick catch up on whats been going on at the City Ground, who Sunderland should be worried about and there’s even a mention for Daryl Murphy.

Roker Report

RF: It's been so long since we last met! Give us a quick summery of all things Forest over the last few years. It's seems like it's been as eventful at the City Ground as it has at the Stadium of Light.

DM: Books - multiple volumes - could be written about the last five years under Fawaz Al-Hasawi and - for the most part - Billy Davies. In short, five years of terrible decisions from on high,motivated by rampant short-termism with precious little to show for it apart from an ever falling final league position. Yet it's too painful to dwell too much on all of that. We have new owners now who are doing their upmost to repair the relationship between club and fans. For the moment, we are just delighted to have our football club back which is reflected in rising attendances.

RF: We were heavily linked with Jason Cummings while David Moyes was still in charge and I wouldn't have minded seeing Sunderland sign him in the summer. How's he been getting on since his arrival?

DM: He's not had a lot of game time owing to Daryl Murphy being really rather quite good. Yet when he has played, he's looked impressive. He has scored goals in the League Cup - two up at St. James' Park - and looked lively against Sheffield Wednesday in the league on Saturday. He looks to be one of those players who, more than anything else in the whole wide world, just wants to score goals - and a right pain in the arse to defend against. Suspect he dishes out dollops of verbals too with lashings of lip.

Nottingham Forest v Middlesbrough - Sky Bet Championship Photo by Mark Robinson/Getty Images

RF: Since you mentioned former Sunderland man Daryl Murphy, what’s he been like? Given his connections to Newcastle now, I've got a horrible image of him bagging a 90th minute winner. How likely is it that he'll feature?

DM: Very likely, especially since Cummings started on Saturday. Newcastle fans told us that he worked hard, held up play well and scored crucial goals - they were right. It came as a shock to discover how old he is - older than Niall Quinn apparently - but thus far, he's impressed.

RF: We've touched on a couple of your players there but is there anyone else that Sunderland fans should be worried about?

DM: We've got a bunch of young players who have bags of talent but Barrie McKay has enjoyed a very good start to the season. He's a tricky winger with an eye for a goal. Kieran Dowell - on loan from Everton - possesses the most magnificent and beautiful pirouette you can possibly comprehend. He wouldn't look out of place in a tutu and that is a compliment.

Nottingham Forest v Shrewsbury Town - Carabao Cup First Round Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

RF: And on that note, anyone in the Sunderland side you're fearful of?

DM: Kevin Philips worries me. Always scores against us. John Byrne too - glad this isn't the FA Cup.

I was going to say that Seb Larsson possesses a wicked delivery but just only the other day realised he is now at Hull. Just scrolling through your squad now...blimey. Got a soft spot for Jonny Williams - one day, a Championship club is going to get the best out of him and questions will be asked about the gazillions of clubs who had him on loan in the past but got little from him. Pretty sure Lee Cattermole will clatter into one of our little young uns early doors, just to 'let him know who he's playing against sunshine'.

RF: How do you expect Mark Warburton to approach this game and what do you think the starting line up will be?

DM: Frankly, we have little idea about who will start these days - heard that Warburton writes all of the names down on a Jenga tile, builds a large block and then when his assistant David Weir knocks it down, he picks up the eleven tiles that land in the closest proximity of the Sagittarius sign and sticks them on the team sheet.

We will play out from the back and look to move you to one side before switching it quickly to the other. On occasions, we will look like a modern embodiment of Ajax in the 70s while at others, a decent team trying to play football in the Championship.

RF: Finally, a prediction please?

There will probably be goals. We have struggled to keep a clean sheet yet we generally score goals.

So it’s obviously going to be 0-0!


You can check out Bandy & Shinty on their website and give David a follow on Twitter.