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In opposition: Bristol City v Nottingham Forest

6 February 2013

It's been a lively week for Nottingham Forest, who dismissed manager Alex McLeish after just six weeks in charge, and they now face a trip to Bristol City, who are managed by Sean O'Driscoll, the man who McLeish replaced at the City Ground.

It promises to be an interesting encounter, to say the least, and here, a fan from each club previews the match. 


Name: Cian Jones.

Club: Bristol City.

Number of years as a supporter: All my life, so 20 years.

Favourite moment as a fan: The 2006/07 and 2007/08 seasons. We followed up promotion from League 1 in 2007 by defying all the odds to reach the Play-Off Final in our first Championship season.

How many games a season do you attend? I used to be a season ticket holder but now I'm at university I go whenever I can.

Where do you sit? The Atyeo Stand - behind the goal.

Name: Paul Carter.

Club: Nottingham Forest.

Number of years as a supporter: About 20 years.

Favourite moment as a fan: Well, I'm too young to remember the Brian Clough years, so I'd say the times under Billy Davies. Although we didn't get into the Premier League, we enjoyed many good moments under Billy. Promotion under Colin Calderwood was also good.

How many games a season do you attend? I try and get to as many home games as possible, and travel to the odd away match.

Where do you sit? The Trent End.



What happened in your last match?

CJ: We were beaten 2-0 at Blackburn Rovers. A Jordan Rhodes goal in either half was enough to condemn us to our first defeat in three.

PC: We lost 2-1 to Birmingham City - a poor performance.

Why is this game important?

CJ: We are five points adrift of safety and we need to close that gap as soon as possible. Each week teams around the bottom are picking up points, if we go on a bad run it can be easy to get left behind. And obviously Sean O'Driscoll is up against his former club, who very,very harshly sacked him. Their loss is our gain!

PC: Well, where do I start? In terms of league position, we need to keep in touch with the Play-Off places. In terms of off the pitch, it's a chance for Sean O'Driscoll to get one over on us and although he probably deserves to, I want Forest to win. We need to get a manager, stick with him, and see what we can achieve. Our club needs stability.

How do you see this game going?

CJ: I'm honestly not sure. We will be looking to get back to winning ways but it's difficult to predict what Forest will be like given this week's goings-on.

PC: It's going to be a tight affair, regardless of Bristol City's low league position. I honestly don't know how our lads will play with what has happened in the past week, though.

Who should we keep our eye on?

CJ: Sam Baldock has been a good signing for us. He is a lively player but hasn't scored since a brace against Peterborough United [five appearances ago], hopefully he will get a couple this weekend.

I like Billy Sharp - he's our most dangerous player in my opinion.PC:

Any memories of previous encounters?

CJ: Plenty of memories but not many good ones. Forest have been our bogey team in recent years and we have only beaten them once since I've been going, a 1-0 win at the City Ground last season thanks to Chris Wood's penalty.

PC: It's always a close game against Bristol City, and I remember the home match against them at the start of the season. A lot has happened since then, though.

Score prediction?

CJ: With or without a manager they have some good players, 2-2.

PC: 2-1 Forest.

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