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Forest Preview

By: Richard Hubbert
Date: 19/09/2002

TOWN simply have to win to get their season started. Although Forest had a fantastic result in midweek the Mariners need to vanish any thoughts of defeat from their memory.

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The Bottom Line

 A positive performance and result for the home fans is essential.

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Players To Watch



Danny Coyne

Darren Ward

Hopefully we won’t have to watch the Welshman in action very much come Saturday, but the fact that he has been Town’s most consistent player over the past two seasons hints to the fact that we may see him a lot. Coyne, signed on a free from Tranmere by Alan Buckley in the summer of 1999 has turned out to be an inspirational signing and was Town’s man of the match midweek against Sheffield United. He is now pushing the likes of Paul Jones, Mark Crossley and Forest’s very own Darren Ward for a more regular spot in the Wales side.

If this match is anything like last seasons encounter then it will be a battle between the ‘keepers. Both Welsh internationals, Coyne and Ward are both superb shot stoppers and are amongst the best goalkeepers in the league. Ward is in his second season with the Nottingham side after moving on a free transfer from local rivals Notts County. He has also represented Mansfield - another rival club. He and Coyne could both have major says in Saturday’s game.

Top Scorers



Johnson 4
Harewood 3
Scimeca 3

Barnard 1
Kabba 1
Pouton 1
Robinson 1

Team News



  • Tony Gallimore is likely to miss out with injury again through his achilles injury. Simon Ford will continue at left back.

  • Darren Barnard has been coughing up blood recently, something that forced him off on Saturday, so is a doubt but is expected to make it.

  • Meanwhile, loan star Steve Kabba probably won’t make it. He has a hamstring injury that is related to a bad back that kept him out for Palace last season. Either Jonny Rowan or Darren Mansaram will start in his place.
  • Ricky Scimeca is out after breaking his nose. He won’t be fit for another fortnight so Gareth Williams continues in his place.

  • Former Town player Jack Lester who was sent off last week will sit on the bench after the partnership of David Johnson and Marlon Harewood bagged four goals in midweek.
  • Probable Starting XI's


    Danny Coyne
    John McDermott (c)
    Steve Chettle
    Simon Ford
    Paul Groves
    Darren Barnard
    Alan Pouton
    Stuart Campbell
    Stacy Coldicott
    Paul Robinson
    Jonny Rowan
    Darren Ward
    Jim Brennan
    Mattieu Louis-Jean
    Des Walker
    Michael Dawson
    Eoin Jess
    Eugen Bopp
    David Prutton
    Gareth Williams
    David Johnson
    Marlon Harewood



    Terry Cooke
    Darren Mansaram
    Chris Thompson
    Paul Raven
    Shaun Allaway (GK)
    Jack Lester
    Jon Olav Hjelde
    Andy Reid
    Chris Doig
    Barry Roche (GK)

    Last Time Out

    The last time the two sides met was in February, the game that saw the debut of Andy Todd and Martin Pringle for the Mariners. This game, like the first meeting that season ended in a 0-0 draw. In an even game, both sides had chances with Michael Boulding coming close for the Mariners and Nicky Summerbee inspiring a very young Forest side.

    Town Team: Coyne, McDermott, Gallimore, Groves, Todd, Butterfield, Campbell, Pouton, Burnett, Pringle, Boulding.
    Subs (not used): Allen, Ford, Jevons, Smith, Croudson
    Attendance: 21,081   Report

    Forest Head-to-Head (77th on The Opposition Ladder).


    Fishy prediction: 1-0 to the Mariners! Reader's POMs


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