Q&A With Nottingham Forest

  • January 10, 2014 | By Robert Hurst
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As Bolton prepare to host Nottingham Forest on Saturday, we have got the pre-match views of a Forest supporter.

Billy Davies' side visit the Reebok Stadium at the weekend, still on a high from last weekend's 5-0 victory over Premier League West Ham United in the third round of the FA Cup.

In our latest edition of Q&A, we have spoken to Forest supporter Michael Cleaver. Ahead of Saturday's game, Michael shares his views on the Championship promotion race, last weekend's hat-trick hero Jamie Paterson and why he would like to see Chris Eagles make a switch to the City Ground.

Q: As we pass the halfway point in the season, Nottingham Forest sit inside the play-off positions - four points above the team below. How confident are you for the remainder of the season?

A: Very confident. We have a good squad at the moment but we are lacking that cutting edge in most games. We seem to dominate the game and create lot of chances, but we just can't put them in the back of the net.

We are on a good run at the moment though and consistency is key in this league because of how tight the table is.

Q: At the weekend, Forest beat West Ham (of the Premier League) 5-0 in the FA Cup. What did you think of the game and is it a sign of things to come from Forest?

A: In my opinion, it was the best I have seen us play all season. From the first whistle to the last, we were on top of West Ham and even though they had a weak squad there was still some class in their starting 11.

Hopefully this will kick-start our push for promotion - automatic, hopefully! I speak for every Forest fan when I saw we don't want to be in the play-offs.

Q: Meanwhile, Bolton sit lowly, in 18th place, after a lacklustre season thus far. Do you think there's any chance of the Wanderers pushing for promotion this season?

A: I haven't seen much of Bolton this season in all honesty, apart from our win over you at The City Ground.

On paper you have a great squad and should be up near the play-offs like you were last season. It's bizarre seeing Bolton in 18th place after Christmas.

Q: With the January transfer window now open, what sort of dealings do you expect from Billy Davies over the coming month?

A: A striker - our squad needs one! We create so many chances and we cannot seem to find a striker that can finish them! That would be Billy's main priority and every Forest fan would agree with me.

This transfer window's activity will define our season. We will then see if we will be playing Premier League or Championship football next season.

Q: If you could sign any current Bolton player for Forest, who would it be and why?

A: Chris Eagles. He is a good player and would fit in perfectly at Forest.

Q: Apart from top scorer Andy Reid, who should Wanderers look out for on the Forest team sheet?

A: After his hat-trick against West Ham, I would say Jamie Paterson. If Billy starts him on Saturday it would give him a lot of confidence.

If not, it has to be Henri Lansbury. He has been quality in midfield for us this season.

Q: Finally, what do think the final score will be at the Reebok on Saturday?

A: Bolton Wanderers 1-3 Nottingham Forest

Burnden Aces would like to thank Michael for taking the time to answer our questions. You can read more from him by heading over to Twitter - @xCleaverNFFC.

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