Nottingham Forest fans have been having their say about playing Newcastle United.
Forest of course winning at St James Park this time last season in the second round.
The Forest supporters saw their club show ambition in the summer transfer window but are yet to see that reflected on the pitch under Aitor Karanka this season
The Championship club had a net spend around £50m higher than Newcastle in the window just closed.
Whilst Mike Ashley insisted a profit of around £25m was made on deals in and out, Forest had a net spend of around £25m, plus a number of relatively high profile loans from clubs such as Benfica, Newcastle, Monaco and West Ham.
They have drawn four of their five Championship matches so far and as you can see, the Nottingham Forest fans don’t seem very impressed.
Their only win a 1-0 over Reading, whilst they also had a draw against Bury in the League Cup first round, eventually going through on penalties.
A little bit of everything in the comments, including abuse!
Comments from Nottingham Forest fans via their top Forest Forum message board:
‘The Reds will hope to repeat last season’s heroics as they once again take on Premier League Newcastle United in the 2nd Round of the Mickey Mouse Cup.
Should Forest be victorious, Sky Sports will no doubt refer to the result as a ‘giant killing.
Any such description would be inaccurate however, as Newcastle United have in fact never won f… all.
A hoarde of fat ugly Geordies is set to descend on the World Famous City Ground and women and children are advised to stay away from the immediate vicinity.
Forest will be in high spirits, coming off the back of a sensational unbeaten run in the league that has lifted them to a lofty 13th. Forest find themselves in the second round having battled bravely to dispatch of Champions League Bury by way of penalty shootout.’
‘Newcastle are just the sort of team who will come unstuck against a scratch side in a cup game.’
‘Bought a ticket but not expecting much.
I vote for a pitch invasion, might liven things up a bit.’
‘Toon play Man City in the next ‘vital’ game in their league.
Rafa will definitely play the nobodies against us.
Come on Krankshaft, we can win this.’
‘Confidence just been dented by a late defeat and sense of injustice thanks to a dubious penalty awarded to Chelsea.
Let’s hope it doesn’t spur Newcastle on.’
‘Tickets are selling like hot cakes, it’s going to be a mental night…’
‘I don’t see Newcastle wanting to be dumped out by us 2 years running.
They play; we try manfully; they win.
On to the league and more important things.’
‘If they play their 5th team against our second string then we have a squeak.’
‘Taking the nipper, hoping we don’t get flattened.’
‘I’ll be honest, my birth certificate lists my father’s birthplace as one ‘Newcastle-upon-Tyne’.’
‘Bloody hell, that’s nearly as bad as Gateshead.’
‘If you’re struggling to get excited about this then here is something to get your interest:
This will be the very first time that Forest have played in a fixture that uses VAR.’
‘If it’s second and third strings it will be like watching paint dry. It won’t be worth a tenner.’
‘Be watching this on TV because thats the kind of guy i am.’
‘Ah, forgot it was on TV. Best place to watch paint dry.
I know that’s a bit down-beat, but we seem to be in a bit of a trough at the moment.
I hope AK can lift the team and get us firing. We need pace, quick thinking (pass and move) and positive action when near goal, no walking it into the net. You hear me AK?’
‘Bollocks to messing around with the line up.
Go full strength here and at Brentford on Sat and assess the damage over the two week break.
AK needs to start getting ruthless.’
‘Worst cup team in the UK (and probably Europe if not the World).
We cannot continue to have this ball & chain around our necks year after year, decade after decade. The likes of Hartlepool and Forest Green have better cup runs.’
‘It is a cup game, they are always winnable if you want it enough, and Toon have bigger ambitions than this trophy to concern them.’
‘I think AK has to pick what he thinks is his best team and play it, he’s running out of time to find that elusive chemistry.
He’s seen several combinations so far and clearly some are not working. We have the players, now we need the team.’
‘Defence is very porous, I see a high scoring defeat – 2-4.’
‘We should be setting up to win every game, otherwise what’s the point?
Its pointless signing all these new players if AK doesn’t know who he wants as his first team.
Here’s a novel idea. Why don’t we try to win the game with the strongest team possible, then stick with that team again at the weekend.
We need to get some momentum and that comes from consistency.’