Martin ready to do battle with former team-mates
Lee Martin is looking forward to facing a few familiar faces this evening but admits getting the three points for Town is his priority.
The Blues winger enjoyed a spell on loan at the City Ground earlier in his career and still keeps in contact with some of the Forest players.
However the former Manchester United man is putting friendships aside as he and Town plot a way of extending Mick McCarthy’s unbeaten home record.
“Forest are a good side and we know it will be a tough game this evening, but we’ve got something to build on now,” said Lee, in an exclusive interview with the matchday programme.
“I know a few of the Forest lads after spending time on loan there when I was still a (Manchester) United player.
“I really enjoyed my time at Forest and there are some good people at the club. Lewis McGugan, Guy Moussi and Chris Cohen are still there and of course they’ve got Danny Collins there now who was obviously on loan with us last season.
“It will be good to see a few of the boys and catch up with them but first and foremost we want to get the three points this evening.”
Mick McCarthy will be without the services of midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker, after the former Aston Villa man was forced off against Peterborough with a hamstring strain. Nigel could be missing for up to three weeks with the injury. Striker Paul Taylor will also be missing for Town, as he remains sidelined with a foot injury.
Nottingham Forest boss Sean O’Driscoll is likely to be forced into at least one change to the side that beat Wolves at the weekend, with striker Simon Cox injuring his ankle at Molineux. Dexter Blackstock could replace the former West Brom man and partner Billy Sharp in attack. Former Town loanee Danny Collins is expected to lead the Reds out as captain, whilst another former Blue, Dan Harding, may come into contention at left-back.
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Billy Sharp. The striker is enjoying a run in the Forest starting line-up at present and is expected to continue up front against Town today, following an injury to strike partner Simon Cox. The Southampton loanee has netted four times for the Reds this season and is an established performer at this level. The Sheffield-born frontman also scored on his last visit to Portman Road, whilst with former employers Doncaster.
Referee: Andy D’Urso
Assistants: Gary Evetts and Michael George
Fourth Official: Michael Bull
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