FOREST VIEWPOINT: Reds ready for crucial Burnley battle

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With a goal lead at home to ten men, with ten minutes to go, you should really hang on and kill the game – sealing a victory.

Unfortunately that wasn’t to be for Forest on Wednesday night. A soft penalty and a fortunate rebound saw Leicester steal a point in the 84th minute.

As Jamie Paterson said – it was a disappointing way to end the game, particularly leading with such little time to play. Although a point against top of the league before the game wouldn’t have been the worst result.

Leicester deserve to be top of the league and that type of comeback is the trademark of a side with the winning (or not losing) habit.

It has to be a good sign that Forest have taken four points off the leaders this season. A very good return of points.

Leicester’s key to success, and Burnley has been consistency. Although I think Billy Davies does moan and groan a hell of a lot, I do think on this occasion he has a very valid point.

He spoke of the injuries he has had, fielding what he says is not one first choice defender, also he mentioned Leicester’s midfield – referring perhaps to the injuries of Aboun and certainly Vaughan and Lansbury. As Burnley are concerned they probably have the thinniest squad of any club in the top ten, but key men like Shackell, Marney, Kightly and of course Vokes and Ings have stayed injury free. Allowing Dyche to name the same side almost week in week out. Something Forest have not managed for a number of months.

As Forest travel to Turf Moor for today’s huge automatic promotion clash, they must play for the win. A draw of course would not be the end of the world, but it’s us who are chasing them, and it would lay a real statement of intent from Forest. A defeat could see Forest eight points adrift of second place. It is of course not only Burnley Forest are chasing. Derby and QPR are well in the mix, and it promises to be a real fight to the finish.