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It’s about getting the balance right.
And Nottingham Forest’s game against Luton Town will be a good way to test one of the oldest questions in sport. Which is better? Rest or rust?
Well one former Forest player is firmly on one side of the debate, at least he is given the current run of form that Sabri Lamouchi’s men find themselves in at the moment. Kenny Burns is very much part of the ‘rust’ part of the discussion.
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Speaking to Nottinghamshire Live, Burns said that the postponement of the Reading game came at the worst possible time for Sabri Lamouchi and his men:
“If we’d been winning, maybe they’d have deserved a day off. But at the minute there’s things we need to work on. We’ve not really turned up since the international break. It came at a bad time for us – killed our momentum.
“I can’t say I’m looking forward to the Luton game this weekend. I would have been a few weeks ago, but our form just makes me a bit worried.”
Would it really have made a difference if Forest had come into the game off the back of a couple of victories?
As we discussed previously on FFC, the biggest beneficiaries of the Reading game being called off are the players that are currently going through injuries, as it gives them a week of recovery without having to miss any of the actual games.
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But on the subject of momentum, the way that Forest were performing beforehand shouldn’t come into the equation.
Whilst Burns may not like the fact that the players didn’t get a chance to sort out their recent form, surely the postponement just gives them the chance to essentially play Luton Town at a much higher tempo off the back of the additional rest and overwhelm them.
Surely that would be the plan whether they were in a good spell of form or not?
Just as a side note, last week Luton boss Graeme Jones had complaints about Birmingham City getting an extra day’s rest ahead of their game at St Andrew’s, I wonder if he’s going to have similar complaints this weekend if Lamouchi’s men do come out on top?