Town will travel to Nottingham Forest on Saturday looking to get a result that last weekend’s performance warranted – but they’ll have to end the home side’s impressive unbeaten run to do so.
Dougie Freedman’s side has only lost one of its last 15 games in all competitions – a narrow defeat at the hands of Premier League Watford in the Emirates FA Cup.
FOREST: SEASON SO FAR
On 28 November, Forest sat 18th in the Sky Bet Championship – but Saturday’s opposition hasn’t lost in the league since. A run of seven wins, seven draws and one loss in all competitions has seen Forest rocket up to 10th in the division; 10 points better off than Town and just eight from the Play-Offs.
That run has seen Manager Dougie Freedman shortlisted for the January 2016 ‘Manager of the Month’ accolade.
The Tricky Trees don’t score many goals – the Terriers have netted nine more in the league this term – but their defensive record is the fourth best in the Championship; just 25 goals conceded in 30 games.
In Forest’s last five games, there have only been a total of three goals. One of those came in the last fixture; a 1-0 win at Leeds United’s Elland Road, sealed by striker Nelson Oliveira’s second half header.
FOREST: PLAYERS TO WATCH
The aforementioned Oliveira (pictured above), who is on loan from Portuguese giants Benfica, is Forest’s top scorer so far this season with eight goals.
Centre back Matt Mills, who is always a threat from set pieces, has chipped in with an impressive five goals too.
Ryan Mendes, who scored against the Terriers in the meeting at the John Smith’s Stadium earlier this season, leads the Club’s assist charts with five, whilst livewire winger Jamie Ward (ex-Derby County) has four.
The first meeting of the two sides this season finished 1-1 in West Yorkshire. After Mendes had given Forest a first half lead in front of the Sky Sports cameras with a good finish from a pull back, it was left to the in-form Emyr Huws to level late on with a superb, albeit deflected, strike.
Highlights of the game are below courtesy of HTTV
FOREST: TEAM NEWS
Freedman has a fairly strong squad to choose from, although he is without the services of two players.
Midfielder Henri Lansbury has been sidelined with ankle ligament damage; a better diagnosis that first feared when it looked like the former Arsenal man may have suffered a break.
Left back Daniel Pinillos, who was good against Town last year, is also out with a knee injury, which led Forest to bring in Slovenian Bojan Jokic on loan from Villarreal as a replacement.
Nottingham Forest’s last line-up (4-5-1):
GK Dorus De Vries
DL Bojan Jokic
DC Michael Mancienne
DC Matt Mills (pictured above)
DR Eric Lichaj
ML Ben Osborn
MC Robert Tesche
MC David Vaughan
MC Gary Gardner
MR Jamie Ward
S Nelson Oliveira
TOWN: TEAM NEWS
As per the terms of his loan agreement from Forest, Jamie Paterson cannot feature for the Terriers against his parent club at the weekend.
However, Club Captain Mark Hudson is available for selection once again after serving a two match suspension for accumulating 10 yellow cards.
David Wagner will still be without the services of Sean Scannell (knee) and Emyr Huws (ankle).
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