Nottingham Forest will arrive at the John Smith’s Stadium on Saturday determined to end their most difficult run of the early 2014/15 season.
The Reds have not recorded a league win since mid-September and after a home defeat at the hands of Blackburn Rovers, Pearce (pictured below) told BBC Radio Nottingham, ‘we didn’t have enough character’ – something the former England international will want to put right come the clash with Town.
Despite that run, the Tricky Trees have still only lost two of their 14 League games so far this term; last weekend’s defeat at home to Blackburn and an away trip to Cardiff City.
Forest still boasts a side chockfull of offensive threats. Britt Assombalonga (pictured below) tops the Championship goal-scoring charts with nine goals and will certainly be a challenge for the Town defence on Saturday afternoon.
Powerful winger Michail Antonio also finds himself among the highest scorers in the division, however the 24 year-old is one goal shy of his team mate’s tally of nine.
The Reds however have had some injury set-backs with the likes of Andy Reid and Jack Hobbs sustaining serious groin problems. The pair is expected to return this season, however it is unlikely either will reappear until Christmas time. Unfortunately their teammate Chris Cohen has been ruled out for the season with a knee injury sustained in September.
One player who is available and has been performing well for Forest is former Town man Jack Hunt.
The 23 year-old has played a key part in Forest’s season so far and manager Pearce has admitted he is keen to permanently sign the defender, who is currently on loan from Premier League Crystal Palace.
Forest has also been linked in the press recently with a loan move for Hull City winger Tom Ince, although this is nothing more than heresay at this stage.
A win for the visitors on Saturday could see Pearce and his side climb back into the Play-Off positions.
Meanwhile, a positive result for Town would mean Chris Powell’s side extends its unbeaten run to seven games.
A selection of former Forest favourites will be keen to impress at The John Smith’s Stadium; Lee Peltier, Grant Holt and Joel Lynch will be desperate to do well against their former employers.
However, Radoslaw Majewski is unavailable for selection after the Polish midfielder joined Town from Forest on a season-long loan deal at the start of this campaign.
Nottingham Forest’s last line-up (vs Blackburn Rovers, 3-1 defeat; 4-4-2):
Karl Darlow; Dan Harding, Michael Mancienne (c), Kelvin Wilson, Jack Hunt; Michael Antonio, David Vaughan, Robert Tesche, Chris Burke; Matty Fryatt, Britt Assombalonga
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