Two scoring draws last term between the teams and always a close call before that.
Forest you would expect to shrug off their poorish start and to progress, but they will also be desperate to start winning.
However I would suspect Houghton will be content with a point at the Riverside but for Boro we need to start winning back to back games and I believe we will be too much for Forest and achieve a rare event of late.
Maybe travelling teams will be showing a bit more respect towards us as a whole but I do think the game will be very different than seen against Coventry.
Going for a home win though at start of season would have been ok with a draw
I can see Spence dropping to the bench and one of bola or Johnson stepping in, with tav on the right. I assume that was the purpose of the subs the other night.
roberts back to the bench as well perhaps.... if no akpom, I’m comfortable with Browne starting, he has done everything asked of him so far. Midfield and defence picks itself, barring injury
Hopefully Akpom is fit and if he is I would go to a 3.5.2. I would also bring Coulson in. I want him to succeed here and NW said he looked bright in training.
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I would love a win but i rate forest. Would not be too disappointed with a draw.