Friday, 31 October 2014

An Udder Brick In the Wall

These pun-related titles are becoming harder to come up with...

Forest embark on the latest phase of 'Operation Winagame' bolstered by the addition of Tom Ince on loan from Hull City until the end of December. Ince, no stranger to Nottingham after a previous spell on loan at Notts County, has agreed a two month switch and should play some part against Huddersfield Town on Saturday.

The Reds have already travelled to the John Smith's Stadium this season, returning with a 2-0 win in the Coca Cola Cup. However, the Town side that lines up against Forest on Saturday will be a different prospect to the one which was easily overcome that evening. New(ish) manager Chris Powell has inspired something of a turnaround in fortunes and his charges are currently enjoying a six match unbeaten run which includes a notable win away at Wolves. Last time out they came back from two goals away at Ipswich Town - another respectable result.

There are a few familiar faces in the Huddersfield ranks as ex Forest defender Joel Lynch was joined by Radoslaw Majewski on loan in the summer, and more recently by Grant Holt. Though Majewski won't be eligible to play (even if he were getting picked - which he isn't at the moment), the Reds are likely to come up against the not-inconsiderable form of Holt in partnership with Nakhi Wells. A real little and large duo. In width, anyway.

Forest have no new injury worries so the main choices facing Stuart Pearce will be whether to throw Tom Ince straight into the starting line-up, whether Henri Lansbury deserves recalling to the first XI and whether Matt Fryatt should partner Britt Assombalonga up front. The addition of Ince adds some extra flexibility to the midfield and forward ranks and, if he can recapture his Blackpool form for the Reds, this deal could be a great one for both parties.

The respective form of both teams means a repeat of the comfortable Cup cruise is unlikely to be repeated; but hopefully the boost of a new signing and a verbal backside-kicking from Pearce will spur the boys on to a better performance than last time out. Forest have a decent record at Huddersfield; let's hope it continues.

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