Behind Enemy Lines: Nottingham Forest

MILLWALL travel to Nottingham Forest on Wednesday aiming to end a seven-game winless run.

Saturday’s 3-2 defeat to Sheffield United has left them second from last in the Championship.

Forest have lost just one league game this season.

Lucas Ball spoke to Forest fan Adam Egan ahead of the game.

Twitter: @adamegan2009

Why do you support Forest?

I support Forest because my dad started taking me from a real young age. I remember sitting on his lap in B block years ago

What’s been your most memorable season following the Reds?

Billy Davies 2009-10 when we finished third in the Championship but lost in the play-off semi-finals.

And the worst?

When Steve McLaren/Alex McLeish were in charge, completely lost the love of the club then.

Is Aitor Karanka the right man for the job?

No doubts at all about Aitor. My only bugbear is we only press teams hard when we’re behind, sometimes I wish we’d go for the throat and try to kill a game off when we’re ahead instead of being cautious.

I can however see the appeal of the caution so we don’t end up conceding first and seeing teams sit deep against us.

Forest spent a lot of money over the summer, are there real signs of promise that it will pay off?

The money spent was in the right areas. Lewis Grabban is a great player but I don’t feel he was a good choice for Karanka’s style, someone a bit more athletic like Jordan Hugill would probably suit better. That’s no negative slur against Grabban as he’s doing very well in a role that doesn’t work well for his strengths.

Joao Carvalho is a different level and I hear a lot of fans moaning about him being ineffective, but when the team starts to think more attacking and creates more space he will be lethal, one of the only players I’ve seen in the Champ who knows what pass he’s going to play before the ball’s even got to him. It makes him so hard to defend against, but I feel like some of our other players aren’t quite mentally quick enough to deal with his passes yet. It will come

Millwall haven’t won away from home since April 10 and are currently on a seven-game winless run, you must be confident of getting a result on Wednesday night?

Millwall will be a hard opposition. I was there last year, they are hard-hitters and give everything for the shirt, not taking anything for granted. However, if our aspirations are top six or even top two we need to beat them.

Who will be the danger men for the home side?

Joe Lolley will have them back-pedalling, Grabban will give their defenders something to worry about all game. I think he’s likely to get another goal.

Similarly, which Millwall players will Forest be wary of?

Lee Gregory is a good player, always a threat and may start to drift over to our full-backs to force them into aerial duals they might not like. However if we stick with Janko and Robinson I think we’ll be fine.

Will Forest’s defenders be able to cope with the Lions’ direct style?

Hefele will lap up a big-man strength battle. Fox may be caught out but his aggression and commitment I think will get him through.

Our midfield is a little pedestrian so it will probably be bypassed mainly by direct football. Colback will be vital shielding our defenders from Millwall’s wingers.

Lions boss Neil Harris was far from happy after Saturday’s defeat to Sheffield United, what are your thoughts on him?

Not fully convinced on him as a manager as I’ve never seen him be able to ‘change it up’ to suit a particular team’s weakness or strength.

He got them firing last season but I think he’s just a great motivator and gets the team riding a wave of confidence. I feel like Darren Moore of WBA is similar, their tactical performance against us was abysmal. They allowed Guedioura far too much space to spray the ball around, but then again look at the form they’re in now.

Having twice broken the transfer record this summer, the Lions still ended up with a net spend of around -£4.5m. Does that put extra pressure on the Lions’ record scorer, in your opinion?

Millwall have never been big spenders, usually taking the fringe players from other clubs and making decent players out of them. I don’t think they’ll be hurt too much by the poor window.

If you could sign one of Millwall’s players, who would it be and why?

Gregory: nice hard-working athletic striker would do well in Karanka’s physically demanding style.

What’s your predicted Forest starting XI and formation?


Pantilimon; Janko, Fox, Hefele, Robinson; Colback, Guedioura; Lolley, Carvalho, Dias; Grabban.

Will you be at the game on Wednesday?

I’ve not missed a game home or away so far this season, so yeah I’ll make sure I’m there!

Finally, what’s your score prediction?

Forest to win 3-0.

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