Nott'm Forest v Cardiff City. Match preview

Last updated : 10 September 2004 By Michael Morris
A little over a year ago we were celebrating a superb victory at the City Ground, (report here), Cardiff were the new boys in Division 1 and to go to one of the pre season favourites and get a win was amazing. The performance was first class with many City fans, myself included, purring over the quality of the football being played.

Tomorrow we go in hope of a similar result. 4 straight defeats for City has left us one place of the bottom of the table, Forest are not much better, they sit one place above us on goal difference. They haven't managed to win a game this season.

The club have asked City fans to make sure they take their ID cards with them tomorrow. They will be asked for to allow entry into the ground.

On the pitch City cannot select the injured Richard Langley and there is a doubt over Graham Kavanagh. Langley is out for possibly 8 weeks after a training ground injury in Jamaica while Kav took a knock playing in Switzerland.

With Earnie gone as well City are struggling for numbers. Lennie has barely 16 available senior players with the travelling party likely to include a couple of first year professionals.

There is a huge boost with the return of Peter Thorne. It's likely he will go straight into the starting line up with Alan Lee. Andy Campbell will drop to the bench.

No new faces have been added to the playing staff despite Earnie being gone for a couple of weeks. Early comments from the club that we could see several new players by the time we travelled to Nottingham, have come to nothing.

City likely to line up

Warner, Weston, Gabbidon, Page, Vidmar, McAnuff, Boland, Kavanagh (if fit), Robinson, Thorne, Lee.

Subs from Margetson, Collins, Parry, Bullock, Campbell and Fleetwood.

Out of the picture are Croft and Langley (both out for several weeks), Whalley is training with Wigan, Barker on loan at Stoke. We also have two extra keepers, Neil Alexander and Aaran Lee Barret.

If Kav misses out we will have only 14 senior outfield players available. Let's hope no one gets sent off or injured tomorrow as we have a home game against Watford on Tuesday.

Nottingham Forest v Cardiff City
Saturday, 3:00pm.