Paul Williams takes his Nottingham Forest side a few junctions up the M1 to take on Neil Warnock’s Rotherham.
Andy Reid assumed Press Duty & gave his pre-match thoughts to Forest’s official site:
‘We`re under no illusions that it`s going to be a really, really tough game. But we know, with the players we`ve got, we can go there and get a win.
We`ve got some fantastic players and we`ve proved how well we can play when we get the ball down.
Rotherham like to get the ball forward early and we`ll need to get men around them to win tackles and headers. We`ll need to work hard and play on the front foot – all the basics of the game that you would expect, we`ll have to do really well.
If we do match them in those areas we feel we`ll be able to get the ball down, play football and exploit their weaknesses.”
Rotherham United Team News:
Chris Burke is unable to play against Forest due to the terms of his loan.
Lee Frecklington & Lloyd Doyley are expected to miss out due to injury.
Rotherham have used the most players in the Championship this season.
Player to watch: Matt Derbyshire
The Millers have a host of ex Forest players; Danny Collins, Lee Camp, Greg Halford but it is Matt Derbyshire who seems to be the biggest threat.
The 30 year old former Forest striker is top scorer for Rotherham with 8 goals so far this season, and 2 in his last 2 games.
Nottingham Forest Team News:
It’s getting easier to list those not injured.
It has been reported that Nelson Oliveira may return before the end of season but will miss this match, as well as Andy Reid, Matty Fryatt, Daniel Pinillos, Kelvin Wilson & Jamie Ward.
Given Forest’s goal scoring problems, Williams must be tempted to give Britt Assommbalonga a spot on the bench as he continues he recovery in the U21’s.
Michael Mancienne will face a late fitness test and Chris O’Grady could return to the match day 18.
Player to watch: Dexter Blackstock
The 29 year old striker came off the bench on Tuesday, to score only his 3rd goal of the season, in 28 appearances.
With goals in short supply, Dexter is the only inform striker (if 1 part of a game counts – he says, clutching at straws) that Forest have, but the supply has to be right.
Match Facts & Stats
Although, it was an improved performance against Brighton, Forest are still without a win in 5 games since Williams became caretaker – losing their last 4 games (p out the last 11) and with just 1 win in 11 games.
Neil Warnock has transformed Rotherham’s fortunes since his arrival, they are unbeaten in the last 8 games – winning 6 and drawing 2.
Although, both clubs have 46 points from 41 games and occupy, 20th & 21st in the table – the momentum is clearly with Rotherham.
Referee, Simon Hooper takes charge of his 38th game of the season tomorrow – his 3rd game involving Forest this season (the previous 2 saw wins over Derby & MK Dons). So far, he has brandished 90 yellows and 2 red cards.
Mr Hooper will be ably assisted by Simeon Lucas and Kevin Mattocks, with Joe Simpson as 4th official.
Forest need to halt the Warnock juggernaut, if they have any hopes of easing their relegation fears. A draw wouldn’t really suit either, although MK Dons are 9 points behind and have an inferior goal difference.
Rotherham are confident, in form and at home – Forest struggle to score or keep a clean sheet – so, whilst I’d hope Forest can pull a point or more out of the bag, Rotherham are clear favourites (1-1 anyone?)
Forest are next in action on Tuesday, 19th April, at home against Blackburn (7-45 K.O.)