The Opposition View: Nottingham Forest

Let's start with the obvious topic. Were you happy with the appointment of Steve Cotterill and how do you feel about his appointment now?

Not at all. Possibly the most underwhelming appointment I could've imagined behind Iain Dowie. He's never really done much (bar get Notts County promoted) and I always got the impression he was a long ball merchant.

Four games on, however, we can't really complain. He seems to have shored up an otherwise leaky defence and we've ground out three good wins against good teams.

Have you noticed your team play constant long balls since "Cotterball" took over?

We've not been playing the football we were used to under Davies, but it hasn't been completely intolerable either. Like I said, he needed to shore up the defence first and foremost and start grinding out results. Hopefully the performances will come in time!

After such a poor start to the season under Steve McClaren, what are the ambitions for Nottingham Forest this season?

Tricky one. The most optimistic among us Reds will still be hoping/expecting a top 6. I just think the league is too strong and we started too slowly for that. After the start we had, I think a top half finish would probably appease most of us.

Who are the key players in this current Forest team?

Lewis McGugan who has been our best player over the last 2 seasons. Liable to scoring absolute screamers and can create goals out of nowhere.

Others include Raddy Majewski who is one of the most gifted players in the league and Guy Moussi, who on his day can make us a very tough team to beat. Of course every team needs a good keeper and in Lee Camp, we have one of the best in the business. Organised and passionate, whilst very hard to beat.

What are the major weaknesses in your side?

Our lack of width. We currently have no fit wingers so as a result, we have a full back and a central midfielder occupying these positions. It does make it hard to break teams down when we keep going down the middle! Also, our defence's confidence is made out of glass and it seems to be the one goal can quickly lead to three.

What sort of match are you expecting at Fratton Park and would you take a draw if offered to you now?

I don't think it is going to be a classic, put it that way. I reckon we may be in with a good chance because SC should know the Pompey team inside out and this may give us a slight advantage.

As I say, we are more resilient of late so we will make it hard for Portsmouth. Having said that there are a few players that can hurt us as well, particularly Lawrence who always has a good game against us and Husselklepp, who has impressed me (ignoring the last minute OG he scored).

Right now I probably wouldn't take a draw as Portsmouth aren't in the best form and I think that the 3 points could well be within our grasp.

Predict the outcome of the game.

In all honesty I expect it to be a dire 1-1. Forest score early, Portsmouth hit back about half an hour in.