In only his 3rd game in charge of Forest, Paul Williams comes up against another of his former employers, as Dean Smith’s Brentford arrive on Trentside.
Forest’s caretaker boss, Paul Williams gave his pre-match thoughts via the Club’s Official Site:
“The onus is on the players. I can try and implement some kind of shape, but the desire is all down to the players.
We`re at home and this is a fantastic club – we`re Nottingham Forest. We`ve got to make sure we throw the first punch and take the game to them.
With the international break it`s been good, as you get time to work on the training ground with the players.
We`re not going to let the season fizzle out now. We`ve worked really hard on our fitness, which will hopefully translate into Saturday`s game.”
Nottingham Forest Team News:
With the season entering it’s finishing furlongs, news on the injury front has been more positive with both Henri Lansbury and Britt Assombalonga hoping to feature.
Andy Reid, Daniel Pinillos, Matty Fryatt & Nelson Oliveira will miss out due to injury.
Williams will be reluctant to risk those returning from injury but has stated he wants Forest to be more attacking so, that should signal changes to the 11 that started last time out.
Player to watch: Federico Macheda
The 22 year Roman Striker joined Forest on loan for the remainder of the season from Cardiff. Whilst he has yet to score, the 2 week break will have given him time to work on his fitness ahead of his City Ground debut.
With goals in short supply and an unwillingness to risk a set back for Britt – let’s hope Macheda has a dream home debut!
Brentford Team News:
Scott Hogan and John Swift will face late fitness tests to determine their involvement whilst, Josh McEachran, Philipp Hofmann, Lewis Macleod and Andreas Bjelland will definitely miss out.
Player to watch: Alan Judge
The diminutive midfielder is no stranger to Nottingham having spent almost 3 years across the Trent at Meadow Lane.
The 27 year old is top scorer for the Bees with 14 goals so far this season, so will need marshalling by Forest’s midfield.
Match Facts & Stats
Brentford have lost 7 of their last 8 games and have 43 points from their 37 games, earning them 18th position in the Championship (6 points above the relegation places). Brentford are dangerous in attack with one of the highest goals scored away from home in the division (24) but they have conceded 32.
Forest, like Brentford, have just 1 win in their last 8 games, with 6 draws, 1 defeat and woeful record in front of goal – just 34 goals scored all season. Forest have 46 points from 38 games and are just 3 places above the Bees.
Peter Bankes is the man in the middles, his 33rd game in charge this season. So far he has brandished 124 yellows and 3 red cards.
Mr Bankes will be ably assisted by Wayne Barratt and David Benton, with Scott Duncan as 4th Official.
Both sides need the points to avoid being dragged into the relegation mire, but both sides are woefully short of form.
Brentford score but can’t defend, Forest defend but can’t score.
Brentford have had the upper hand on Forest in recent times, and whilst the home side may be Bookies favourites, is yet another draw (1-1) on the cards?
Forest travel to Reading on Tuesday 5th April, with an 8-00 pm kick off, followed by Brighton at home on Monday 11th (7-45pm).