Date: 21st September 2006 at 10:37pm
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A six pointer, already? Well not really, but this early season top of the table clash already has a lot seemingly hingeing on it.

If we win then it’ll be a huge boost to our season and belief will go through the roof. If Forest win, then they might even look home and dry already. If we draw, well, things obviously stay the same!

Tranmere have had their fair share of injury problems recently, and it looks as like we’ll be down on a few big names. Greenacre and Sherriff in particular are both still doubtful. Can we have Forest minus some of our stars? Can the fans roar the team on to victory?

Forest should bring up the usual few thousand fans up for a game that’s attendance Tranmere hope will go into 5 figures. It’s not a Friday nighter, but the atmosphere should be good. It’s early doors, but at the end of the day, it is a top of the table clash! C’mon you White Boys!

Vital Quotes:

Speaking to the Official Site, Ronnie Moore said ‘We’re at home, we need to take the game to Forest. We have to get the crowd behind us and the only way to do that is by playing attakcing football, and that’s what we’ll be doing. Once we win the battle, it’s then a matter of getting the wingers involved so we can win the game.’

Tranmere Rovers Team News:

Midfielders Paul McLaren and Danny Harrison are out, as is we expect player-coach Jason McAteer.
Kevin Ellison has recovered from his eye injury, but Shane Sherriff and Chris Greenacre are both big doubts. Calvin Zola missed some training this week with a slight knock too, but he should make an apperance at the weekend,

Player to watch: Gareth Taylor

An obvious choice, Taylor used to play for Forest not so long ago, and he’ll definitely look to get on the scoresheet. He’ll be wanting to continue his fine link up play of late, as well as his strong knock downs and general havoc-making amongst the opposing defence.

Nottingham Forest Team News:

Kris Commons should figure in the Forest squad after coming through a midweek reserve match unscathed.
Defender Danny Cullip is still out but John Curtis should be ok to play.

Player to watch: Grant Holt

Prolific striker Holt has started hitting the back of the net for Forest. He netted their only goal in the win at Prenton Park last season and will look to do the same on Saturday with his strong running and combative style of play.

Match Facts & Stats

Forest did the double over us last season. A Gareth Taylor goal beat us, funnily enough, last season at the City ground in a 1-0 win. At Prenton Park Forest won 1-0 again courtesy of the aforementioned Holt.

Match Prediction:

Tranmere 2-2 Forest
Zola and Mullin for Rovers, Holt and Agogo for Forest.

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