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Forest fire?

Chris Kamara - Chris Kamara Posted 27th February 2008 view comments

Nottingham Forest are sleeping giants and they really do need to gain promotion to the Championship.

Colin Calderwood is doing an alright job and he's under no illusions that this year is the year that he's got to get promotion - he'd be a fool to think otherwise.

It's a funny division once again. Swansea have got away from it but the rest of them are all pretty much in there. Just when you thought Leeds were going to do it, look at what's happened to them lately.

Calderwood: calling the shots

Calderwood: calling the shots

Doncaster looked to be on Swansea's shirt tails and they've had a couple of dodgy results lately - it's all to play for! And Calderwood knows he has to get them out of League One.

Colin would be a bit disappointed that he isn't closer to the league leaders at this moment in time, I for one certainly am, but the problem he has had - and all managers can say that they've had injuries and this, that and the other - but they've lost Nathan Tyson at crucial times this year.

Colin Calderwood is under no illusions that this year is the year that he's got to get promotion - he'd be a fool to think otherwise.

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Tyson has the pace to get away from any defence in that division and Forest lost him early in the season. And as soon as he came back he starts scoring goals, then all of a sudden his hamstring goes again.

It's like a never ending scenario! But that's part of football - that's what happens and you've got to take it and line up a replacement to come in and do better. They've got the lad Will Hoskins, who came on loan from Watford, and now he's out with a bad back as well.

Fan base

Forest have such a wonderful fan base, through their successes in the League and their two European Cup wins under Brian Clough, and those fans deserve to see success again. But I believe their biggest obstacle in returning to the big-time will be getting out of this division as it's a graveyard!

A lot of teams who don't expect to be stuck in League One for this amount of time end up being here and the bigger the club you are the harder it seems to get out of it.

But they'll have their time again because they are a big club with a big history and a big following in a big city. And Colin has the determination to succeed.

The disappointment from losing out to Yeovil in that incredible play-off semi-final last year would have carried through to the start of this season as the results weren't good.

I was at that game and Yeovil gave everything, they needed another two weeks to get over that but unfortunately for them they only had 10 days until the final. And that semi-final could have gone either way.

If Colin gets Forest to the play-off semi-final this season and they don't win it, then he knows the consequences.

Ambition

Junior Agogo made a name for himself all over the world because of the African Cup of Nations. People were scratching their heads saying 'how can he be playing in the third tier of English football?'

If anything, the one thing that Forest should be doing is looking to bring players in. I can't see anybody leaving the City Ground, but of course Agogo is as ambitious as Calderwood - he doesn't want to stay in League One!

I've been to quite a few League One games lately, and it is a strong division. I watched Forest play Leeds recently and they were head and shoulders ahead of Leeds in terms of footballing ability on the night, but they could only manage a draw.

There is a lot of competition in that division, a lot of teams that still think they are in with a shot of the play-offs which is great.

Forest face second-placed Carlisle on Monday night and that will be a crucial game, that's for certain. Whoever wins it puts distance between themselves and the other.

It's a massive game for both clubs but also for the division - it will be a great advertisement for League One, so be sure to tune in.

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Kammy answers your questions...

Hi Chris, Just wanted to know if think any of the "smaller" clubs towards the top of the Championship table will be able to actually get promotion? Stoke and Bristol City have had brilliant seasons so far and currently sit in the top two. And Plymouth and Hull have been doing great to be in and around the play-offs. But do you think that any of us will be able to push that little bit further and reach the top level? Thanks, Joe Rowland (Bristol City fan).

KAMMY REPLIES: Well Chris, who knows? That's the beauty of the Championship this season. And the one thing about Bristol City is that they won't go away. Quite a lot of people are saying 'oh don't worry about them they are going to come away from the pack' and Gary Johnson's boys are defying all logic in getting a fantastic team and team spirit together. You just don't know! Plymouth and Hull have had a fantastic February to get themselves in the play-off places. The climax to the end of the season is going to be fantastic. There's got to be at least a dozen teams in the hunt and you just can't write any of them off. That's what makes this the most exciting division in the country! For the lead to have changed as many times as it has, has just been incredible and I can't wait to see what happens in March!

Hi Chris, Just a quick question on Grimsby Town. Alan Buckley has done an amazing job since he returned for a third spell at the club. However, we have been somewhat inconsistent in the league. Although we have had an 11 game unbeaten run recently we still seem to lose matches to lower teams in the league and are often struggling to grind out results. Do you feel that Grimsby may be able to push themselves to the play-offs this year or is it too much to ask? Also if we do stay down is it realistic given the limited size and spending power of our club compared to others in the division to aim for promotion next year? Matthew Brown (Grimsby Town fan).

KAMMY REPLIES: They've had a great run since the turn of the year and Bucko has turned it round. Like I have said before, you'd have been mystified and disappointed with the start to the season which has cost them dearly but there's a chance that Grimsby could be in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final - they're a goal up against Morecombe and go back to Blundell Park for the second leg. So I would say, Matthew don't give up anything just yet because as it is so tight all you need to do is go four or five unbeaten in March and those 15 points will catapult you.

Hi Chris, Hope you're keeping fine, what do you think of Tranmere Rovers' chances this season? Do you think Ronnie's got a good team that can go all the way or do you think the squad is not big enough? I would like to know your comments. Thanks and kind regards, Phil from the Wirral.

KAMMY REPLIES: Ronnie gives his players so much confidence and you can be inspired by him just by listening to him. He's willing Tranmere to be successful this year. Rovers' problem is that they are just prone to the odd bad result now and then, which doesn't seem to help them just as they get themselves on a roll. But rest assured Phil, Tranmere will be there or there abouts come the end of the season, that's one thing for certain.

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Yiannaki Yianni (Nottingham Forest fan) says...

Spot on except for 1 thing, you said you see no players leaving - if you mean for the rest of this season then yes, if Forest fail to go up then you can see a major rush of players leaving with Commons undoubtly the first on a free unless a miracle happens (what, twice in 2 seasons!!). Tyson will surley follow & I'm sure others too. The real question is if Leeds were to get some or all their points how will the other teams take it and what effect it'll have on the league itself. We all sit & wait for the results & decisions to happen.

Posted 13:21 29th February 2008

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