Stoke City will be a name that long sends shivers down the spine of Nottingham Forest supporters and this Saturday revenge is on the menu.
Back on the final day of the 2019/20 campaign, the Reds succumbed to a 4-1 thrashing at the hands of the Potters, who denied them a place in the play-offs.
It was a real sting in the tail for Forest. They had held a top-six berth since the turn of the year and cruelly missed out to Steve Cooper’s Swansea City on the final day.
As a result, the Reds will be desperate to get one over Stoke at the weekend and stick a spanner in the works of their own play-off push.
Naturally, lots of players from that day are now long gone. For the class of 2022, however, there will still be a motivation to claim a win that would smell of revenge.
Stoke are playing well at the moment. Like Forest, they’re in the fifth round of the FA Cup and also akin to the Reds they’re chasing a play-off place this season.
This weekend’s game looks huge on paper. a win for Forest would put seven points between the Reds and Michael O’Neill’s team. At this stage of the season that could be huge.
Forest must get revenge on Stoke for 2020 debacle
For Joe Worrall, Tobias Figueiredo, Brice Samba, who was injured and Joe Lolley, Stoke will still give them nightmares.
Supporters watched on from television sets in the covid era as Stoke ran riot on Trentside to rob Forest of a place in the play-offs.
Now, the challenge is clear…beat Stoke and stick clear breathing space between them and one of their rivals in the quest for promotion.
Stoke are a good side but the Forest of 2022 are a completely different animal.
This weekend represents the first time supporters have been the ground for a home game against the Potters.
That will give the team a lift and Forest will hope to right a few wrongs against a team that now lives long in the memory for all the wrong reasons.