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Nottingham Forest vs. Leeds United

City Ground

25th August 2007


Leeds V Notts Forest

The last time Nottingham Forest played Leeds United, both clubs were in the Championship. The last time Nottingham Forest beat Leeds United was the 1995/96 Premier League season, a time that saw Leeds still fielding one Thomas Brolin. Now the clubs meet for the very first time in the 3rd tier of English football.

Vital Quotes:

It has become quite clear that this season for Leeds United is one for pulling up the drawbridge, sounding the battle cries and fighting hard in every minute of every League One fixture.

In Dennis Wise I believe we have found the right man for the job and is clearly someone who doesn't think much of history given his opinions on the two top clubs in the league.

'We're both big clubs - although I think Leeds United are a lot bigger - things have gone wrong and we're both in this league' Wise said speaking to the official Leeds United website.

'They need to get out as quick as possible. They were favourites last year and didn't make it so this year there is even more pressure.'

Speaking of the clubs attempts to cut the 15 point defect as quickly as possible, Wise was equally as bullish:

'I think we've made a few look. Before the whole situation they were probably looking and thinking 'minus 15 could be handy because they might cause a problem'.'

'The biggest enjoyment will be when we catch that first team. We'll take it on from there.'

Nottingham Forest manager Colin Calderwood, who has seen his side go without a goal in the opening fixtures feels their start to the season can be classed as a good one with victory on Saturday:

'Within your first four games you want a victory. We haven't won in our first three but there have been positives - namely the fact that we haven't been beaten.

'But we know that you have to win games in this business and hopefully we'll start against Leeds. If we do that I think we will have made a half decent start.

'People will no doubt reminisce about what both clubs have achieved in the past and what divisions they used to play in but we are where we are. It's still an attractive game and an important fixture.'

Nottingham Forest Team News:

Nathan Tyson may return to the Nottingham Forest bench having played for Forest reserves last week.

Chris Cohen Arron Davies , Ian Breckin , Matt Lockwood and Lewis McGugan will all miss the match.

Player to watch: Neil Lennon

Matching Vital Notts Forest's 'one to watch,' Vital Leeds United's choice is indeed also ex-Northern Ireland international Neil Lennon.

It will be interesting to see how the controversial midfielder fairs in the battles between himself and ex-Celtic team-mate Alan Thompson.

Leeds United Team News:

On-loan defender Jamie Clapham may be handed his Leeds United debut straight away as Dennis Wise looks to cover for the departure of Eddie Lewis, and a groin injury to 'Mr Versatile' Andy Hughes.

Ian Westlake also misses out, alongside Leon Constantine and duo Shaun Derry and Gylfi Einarsson, who aren't quite ready despite returning to full training.

Player to watch: David Prutton

I seem to be copying Vital Forest again ;-).

It is always interesting to watch how players do against their old clubs. I dare say that Prutton will be out with a point to prove, with Forest not following up on the loan deal that saw the ex-Southampton midfielder return for his second spell at the City Ground in January 2007.

Match Facts & Stats

  • King Charles I started the Civil War near Nottingham Castle.

  • Nottingham is the City where Ibuprofen was discovered. Useful for all those Leeds fans who will be requiring the pain-killer following Saturday nights celebratory drinking!

  • The 'Sheriff of Nottingham' has a much more mundane role these days, mostly to promote tourism in the area.

  • The current Sheriff of Nottingham is a woman! Councillor Jeannie Packer was sworn in as Sheriff in May 2006.

  • Ref Watch:

    The referee for the game is Mr K.D.Hill who comes from Hertfordshire.

    Match Prediction:

    Hot on the heels of getting the England V Germany score absolutely spot on (I said 2-1) Vital Leeds United will be going for the same scoreline, with Leeds coming out on top 2-1.

    Next Fixtures:

    After Notts Forest, Leeds stay on the road for a mid-week trip to Premier League side Portsmouth, fun!

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    The Journalist

    Writer: LUFC1 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

    Date:Friday August 24 2007

    Time: 3:02PM

    Your Comments

    If we can get the crowd on Calderwoods back early on hopefully we can come away with 3 points.
    'People will no doubt reminisce about what both clubs have achieved in the past and what divisions they used to play in but we are where we are. It's still an attractive game and an important fixture.' Leeds history will always be rememberd by it's fans..But its the here and now that matters...This is our opportunity to show we are the BEST in this LEAGUE..That's whats important to me...COME ON LEEDS.....
    a home win! enough said!
    Another Bore Draw For Forest Me Thinks....
    Home win? you would say that Merlin. I'm starting to think you don't like Leeds.
    Who is this Notts Forest that I hear mentioned occasionally? :P As a Forest fan I expect to see goals for the first time this season - I'm just not sure whether we or you will score more!
    ibuprofen? you learn something new every day!
    Well we've already scored a few so hopefully we shouldn't be too bad.
    Ibuprofen was developed in Nottingham, not discovered :P By Boots!
    Picky buggers, it was a Nottingham tourist site I pulled that info off.
    Teehee. It's only good nature corrections :-)
    You just pick holes in peoples work because your yet to actually see a goal this season!
    My prediction correct for the second game in a row! I really should be a betting man.
    2-1 for me
    Good job it was developed in Nottingham because they probably had to ship loads into the ground after the Final Whistle..Due to all Forest's Football Fans suffering from BAD HEADS due to CRYING...LOL

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