A look ahead to Town’s first home game of the season
Former European Champions Nottingham Forest are the first team to make the trip to Huddersfield this season and do so on the back of an opening day victory against Bristol City.
Town made an impressive opening to their campaign at Cardiff on Friday night despite going down 1-0 to a late goal.
Forest on the other hand recorded a narrow opening day victory over Bristol City courtesy of midfielder’s Adlene Guedioura strike.
Jake Collin and Gary Beswick
Forest’s latest results
Bristol City (W) 1-0
Fleetwood Town (W) 1-0
West Bromwich Albion (L) 0-2
Notts County (D) 2-2
Aston Villa (H) 3-1
Town’s Team news:
Danny Ward and Oscar Gobern missed the Cardiff clash with injuries picked up against Preston and are doubts ahead of tomorrow’s game.
Jordan Rhodes also missed the clash on Friday night after returning from Scotland duty with a slight hamstring injury. Simon Grayson rated the striker as 50/50 for the game in his pre-match press conference on Monday.
Forest’s Team news:
Sean O’Driscoll could hand full debuts to new signings Simon Cox and Sam Hutchinson for tomorrow night’s game.
As for injuries only loan signing Daniel Ayala is a doubt with a hip problem.
Forest Manager Sean O’Driscoll:
Sean O’Driscoll took over the reins at Nottingham Forest in July 2012, just two months after he had taken charge at newly promoted Crawley Town.
As a player the Republic of Ireland international began his career in the realms of non-league at Willenhall Town and Alvechurch before joining Fulham in 1979. The midfielder moved to Bournemouth five years later and become the Club’s record appearance maker with 423 – it has since been broken by Steve Fletcher.
Earlier this year O’Driscoll joined Forest as part of its coaching staff before leaving to become manager at League 1 newcomers Crawley Town. However he left the Club without taking charge of a competitive game to join Forest, admitting it was an opportunity that he couldn’t turn down.
Forest transfers 2012/13:
Adlene Guedioura – Wolves – signed
Danny Collins – Stoke – signed
Greg Halford – Portsmouth – signed
Dan Harding – Southampton – signed
Simon Gillett – Doncaster – signed
Simon Cox – West Bromich Albion - £2m
Daniel Ayala – Norwich – loan
Sam Hutchinson – Chelsea - loan
Danny Meadows – Alfreton – free transfer
Luke Chambers – Ipswich – free transfer
Joel Lynch – Huddersfield – signed
Chris Gunter – Reading - £2.5m
Paul Anderson – Bristol City – free transfer
Key man – Simon Cox
Striker Simon Cox sealed a multi-million pound move to the City Ground one week ahead of the new Championships season from Premier League West Bromwich Albion.
The striker started his career at Reading, but failed to make an impact and instead gained first team experience at Brentford, Northampton and Swindon. He impressed Swindon enough to make them pay a reported £200,000 for his services in 2008. Cox had a strike ratio of close to a goal every other game during his time at Swindon, which swayed WBA into paying an initial £1.5m for the striker in 2009. The diminutive striker was never really given a chance in his preferred position at Albion and he only managed to score ten goals in three years.
Cox is a full Republic of Ireland international and featured for them at this year’s Euro 2012 Championships; he has scored three goals in 14 appearances for the Irish.
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