After last weeks bonkers finish at Reading which left me reeling on dropping two points, Forest will be keen to make sure they don’t pick up anything less than the maximum take home on Sunday against struggling Luton Town.
Luton are on a dismal run of form and given an upturn in our own performances at home, I’m optimistic that we can continue to put pressure on the teams above us in The Championship.
Forest have mustered a bit of momentum in recent weeks and its no surprise that Samba Sow’s return from injury has coincided with an upturn in our fortunes. I fully expect Forest to beat Luton on Sunday but it will have to be earned. Patience will be the key I’d expect as Luton will no doubt want to frustrate a Forest team that have struggled to create from open play all season.
I caught up with Luton fan, Aidan O’Hara from Dublin for his thoughts on Luton and Sunday’s game.
How long have you supported Luton?
I’ve supported Luton for about 30 years. Luton were the first team I ever saw live when they played a pre-season tournament in Dublin in the late 80s so stuck with them ever since.
How is current form going into the game?
Dreadful. We’ve only taken 1 point from the last seven games and gone to the bottom of the league in danger of being cut adrift. Struggling to score and can’t defend.
What should Forest fans expect from your team?
A team that tries to play good football but struggles to sustain it for 90 minutes at Championship level. Vulnerable to both crosses from wide or pace up front which is a bad combination.
What would a good season look like, from a Luton perspective?
Survival would be a huge achievement at this stage. To be fair, in January two years ago Luton lost to Chesterfield while in League Two so the rise has been brilliant but they look short of quality at Championship level.
Which player should Forest fans keep an eye out for?
He’s probably not fit enough after a hamstring injury but Izzy Brown (on loan from Chelsea) is exceptional. If he has a good day, Kazenga Lua Lua is a handful but he’s as inconsistent as the team this season. Striker James Collins will score with the right service but, again, that hasn’t been consistent enough.
If you could, which Forest player would you like to take back to the Kenilworth Road and why?
Either of the centre-backs or goalkeeper to shore up defence. Luton have only scored two fewer goals than Forest this season but Forest are fifth and Luton are bottom because Forest have only conceded 26 and Luton have conceded 58.
What’s your score prediction for Sunday?
The optimist in me hopes for a 2-1/3-2 win. The realist probably thinks 3-0/3-1 to Forest.
Many thanks to Aidan for his contributions. It’s very much appreciated here at Munich and Madrid.