NOTTINGHAM FOREST BLOG: Reds’ fan Glyn Brownley looks ahead to the crunch clash at Derby County

Although I will hit my 49th birthday in October, this fixture brings out the youth in me.

It’s like waiting for Santa to arrive for a 10-year-old.

All over the country, thanks to our friends at Sky, most Forest and Derby supporters will get to see this eagerly awaited clash.

The thing is though, will this game live up to its billing on the field or will the referee yet again cause the game to be lopsided and give either the Rams or Reds a helping hand - although our rivals will always throw a cog in that theory from the ‘10 men game’, something Mr McClaren will remember very well.

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Whatever happens on Saturday is going to be pivotal to the Tricky’s season more so than Derby’s and, with Brighton and Reading finding form, Forest could at 5pm find themselves no longer occupying a play off position. So a draw at least for the Reds is paramount.

With wee Billy Davies playing his joker and knowing full well his ban might even get extended due to contesting the FA’s decision, he will be leading from the bench - which might just be the spur Forest need to get out of this rut of dropping points.

He may also throw a surprise on the field with the return maybe of one of our missing players. Our great owner Fawaz is also trying to muster some good news by announcing the fantastic news of Patto (Jamie Paterson) and Lascelles signing new deals and the fans? Well, they are doing what we do best . . . fretting!

The Forest messageboards are full of doom and gloom. Twitter is also awash with the white flag flying high above the City Ground.

I myself have a head that says a Derby win, my heart thumps with a famous victory and a fiver that says a draw!

You can follow Glyn on Twitter via @MrMonkfish65.