Boss expects Nottingham to be among frontrunners for promotion
Mick McCarthy expects Nottingham Forest to be a contender for automatic promotion this season.
Town travel to the City Ground on Sunday looking to be the first team to beat Forest this term, with Blues also defending a six match unbeaten run.
“They have a very strong squad and I expect them to be right up there at the end of the season,” said the Town boss.
“They are hard to beat. They have had a few draws lately but I saw them at Millwall recently and I was impressed.
“Stuart [Pearce] is a top guy. He is honest and straight and I have a lot of time for people like that.
“Forest work hard, which I’d expect from Stuart’s team, they are hard to beat, which I’d expect from Stuart’s team and they have that bit of quality about them.
“If Norwich and Forest put it all together all through the season, they will be hard to finish above.
“But I’m very happy with the squad of players I have as well and we’re doing okay ourselves at the moment as well.”
Town: Paul Anderson is a doubt for Blues after sustaining a hamstring injury in training. Jonny Williams and Luke Hyam are expected to be fit though.
Forest: Chris Cohen, Jack Hobbs and David Vaughan all look set to miss out but Matty Fryatt is available and Andy Reid could make his comeback from a groin injury.
Referee: James Linington
Assistants: Karl Evans and William Smallwood
Fourth official : Mark Duncan
Forest will be selling tickets to Town supporters on the day of the game CASH ONLY from the away ticket office at the back of the Brian Clough Stand. There will be a price increase on ADULT & SENIOR tickets of £2.00.
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Follow every kick
Subscribers to Ipswich Player can listen to every kick from the City Ground with live commentary. Highlights of the game will be shown on Player on Monday. Town’s other media channels will also be in Nottingham to cover all the action.