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5 November 2014

Essential reading on this weekend's opponents


Nickname: The Reds
Manager: Stuart Pearce
2013/14: 11th
Ground: The City Ground
Fastest road route from Carrow Road: 122 miles (2 hours 42 minutes)

Nottingham Forest’s spot outside the play-offs in the Sky Bet Championship table indicates their downturn in form after a flying start to the season.

The Reds, led by club legend Stuart Pearce, went unbeaten through their first eleven league matches of the campaign, leaving them in the automatic promotion places at the beginning of October.

Prior to Wednesday’s game against Brentford, they hadn’t won since however, with recent defeats against Cardiff City, Blackburn Rovers and Huddersfield Town dampening expectations at the City Ground.

Their barren run has coincided with a dry spell for leading scorer Britt Assombalonga.

The club’s record signing netted eight goals in his opening seven league matches but he has scored only once since before Wednesday, in defeat at Cardiff last month.

This is Nottingham Forest’s seventh consecutive season in English football’s second tier, with the two-time European Cup winners not having played in the top flight since 1999.

Along with their famous exploits on the continent, they won the First Division title in 1978 and boast two FA Cups and four League Cups.

They lead the head-to-head record versus Norwich City, with 26 wins to the Canaries 23.

Forest’s current squad contains one former City player – Henri Lansbury played 23 times in the 2010-11 promotion-winning campaign on loan from Arsenal, scoring four goals.

“The honour of coming back to this club is massive for me.”

Those were the words of Stuart Pearce when it was announced in April that he would be returning to the City Ground as manager.

He played over 400 games as a no-nonsense defender for the Reds between 1985 and 1997 and also had a spell as caretaker manager.

Pearce was also capped 78 times by England and later went to take charge of the national Under-21s side, guiding them the second place in the 2009 European Championship.

The 52-year-old’s only previous club management experience came with Manchester City between 2005 and 2007, where he succeeded Kevin Keegan as boss.

Goalkeepers: Karl Darlow, Dorus de Vries, Ross Durrant.

Defenders: Eric Lichaj, Dan Harding, Michael Mancienne, Danny Collins, Kelvin Wilson, Danny Fox, Jamaal Lascelles, Jack Hunt, Jack Hobbs.

Midfielders: Chris Cohen (c), Henri Lansbury, Andy Reid, Michail Antonio, Tom Ince, David Vaughan, Chris Burke, Robert Tesche, Oliver Burke, Jorge Grant, Ben Osborn, Djamel Abdoun.

Forwards: Matty Fryatt, Britt Assombalonga, Lars Veldwijk, Jamie Paterson, Dexter Blackstock, Tyler Walker.

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