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View From The Town End - Nottingham Forest

The games keep coming thick and fast and tonight we go to the City Ground to take on Nottingham Forest. Last season a 4-3 win there really helped make fans believe we could make the play-offs and three points tonight would certainly help put us firmly back on track to that goal again this season.

Once again Forest fan Winnits has been kind enough to give usa Forest perspective ahead of tonight's game and you can find it below the jump.

How would you sum up the season so far?

I think the only suitable term is a 'clusterf**k' - whilst Billy Davies probably did talk himself out of a role (a role I don't think he wanted any more either), the appointment of Steve McClaren was an unmitigated and expensive disaster that we're still attempting to recover from.

There's been a fair amount of upheaval in the dug out and in the board room in the past few months, what's been the feeling amongst the fans about the off-field problems and do you think they're behind you now?

A huge chunk of our fans never got over Billy going. Steve McClaren didn't have a chance with them - but then, he didn't do much to prove the doubters wrong. He was awful. We are in the process of acclimatising to a new gaffer which looks to have had positive early signs - but we are, of course, largely stuck with the squad Steve McClaren assembled. Certainly that squad should be doing better in terms of league placings than they are, though. Steve Cotterill has a job on his hands, that's for sure.

Best memories of Forest v Reading?

Guy Moussi on his league debut (I think) blasting the ball with his left foot towards goal and knocking out Sonko was pretty special! That was in 2008/2009 on the opening day at the City Ground. This game was a promising start for us, newly promoted - but the season went down hill - the 1-0 win we managed at the Madejski Stadium in February that season was invaluable to us, so I'm going to pick that.

And the worst?

Last season at the City Ground was pretty grim from our point of view, great for the neutrals - but was the culmination of the run of form that consigned us to the play-offs rather than chasing the (admittedly pretty slim) hope of automatic promotion. Plus Shane Long was a bloody diving bugger! I'm glad he's gone!

Anybody from Reading that Forest fans are worried about?

Without wanting to sound overly-grumpy, any wide player with trickery and pace is a worry to us - anything resembling a winger we have is either injured (Paul Anderson, Garath McCleary) or morbidly obese (Andy Reid) so we have a midfield that tends to look rather narrow leaving our fullbacks exposed. Ask me to pick a name and I'd say Jimmy Kebe. (I just looked at his Wikipedia entry - the opening paragraph is genius!)

Who should Reading fans look out for?

Creativity for us is likely to involve either Lewis McGugan or Radoslaw Majewski - both are ideally central attacking midfielders but have been often placed on on the wings to try to give us some width. On their day they'll pick out a killer pass or unleash a shot that will win the game. They've not had too many of those days so far this season.

Any travelling tips for Reading fans?

Tuesday nights are a pain aren't they for trips like this? I'd recommend Nottingham as a night out at a weekend, but midweek is probably less fun. For those of you on the train you'll find Hooters close to the station and they'll welcome you in, for those of you driving you can park up near Notts County's ground and make use of their facilities which is open for away fans. Most of the pubs around the ground tend to be home fans only.

Match Prediction.

We tend to do better when a team comes and plays positively - which is what I expect Reading to do - so I'm going to go for a heart-led optimistic home win. If you asked my head it would say lose.

Thanks again to Winnits and you can follow him on Twitter @winnits