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23 October 2015

Parr up against familiar foe as Town look to end disappointing run at the City Ground

Jonathan Parr will be up against the manager who bought him to England when Town travel to Nottingham Forest looking to get back to winning ways at the weekend. 

Tuesday’s defeat at Hull left Mick McCarthy’s side with just one win in the last eight games but Forest are out of form as well with only one win in their last six matches. 

“I think they will be quite similar to us in terms of working hard, and it’s going to be a very tough game, as all Championship games are,” said Jonny, who Forest boss Dougie Freedman signed for Crystal Palace from Norwegian side Aalesund in 2011. 

“We’ve had a couple of bad results and now I think everyone just wants to show that we don’t want to be where we are in the league, we want to be higher.

“They’ll be looking for a win on the day, and we’ll definitely be looking for one too because we’ve had some bad results recently so we want to get back to winning ways.

“Everyone is up for it and ready for the game so we’re just going to go there, give everything and hopefully come out with the three points.

“It’s early in the season, and even though we haven’t been doing as well as we all want, there’s still a long way to go and we just need to get into the positive way of playing that we did last season, get that win and we can start picking up points.”

Team news
Mick McCarthy hopes to be able to welcome David McGoldrick, Cole Skuse and Tommy Oar back into his squad for the trip to Nottingham after the trio missed the 3-0 defeat at Hull through their respective injuries. Christophe Berra is also a doubt for the game after suffering a hip injury in midweek.
Nottingham Forest
Perhaps the most noticeable absentee for Forest is skipper Henry Lansbury, who misses out after being sent off in the 1-1 draw with Burnley on Tuesday. Striker Britt Assombalonga still remains sidelined and looks to be out for a while to come. Michael Mancienne, Matt Mills, Ben Osborn, Kyle Ebecilio, Matt Fryatt, Andy Reid and Chris Cohen also look to be injured for the visit of Town, as they face a tough injury crisis at the City Ground.

Where they stand
Town – 11th 
Forest – 16th  

Last time they met
A Freddie Sears strike seven minutes from time all but sealed Town’s Play-Off place last season, the last time these two sides faced off. Daryl Murphy bagged his 25th of the season midway through the first half before Christophe Berra unfortunately turned into his own net minutes after the restart. Sears then sent the 25,000 strong crowd wild with his goal in the closing minutes as Blues went into the final day three points clear of seventh placed Brentford.

Key players
Freddie Sears
Town’s top league scorer for this season so far will look to get back on the goal trail on Saturday having now gone six games without one. His last goal came in the 5-1 defeat at Reading, and Freddie could well be the man to end Blues recent run without a goal.

Jonny Williams
Williams is a player well known to Town fans following a number of impressive loan moves at Portman Road. The Welshman is yet to start a game for Forest after sealing a late deadline day loan move to Dougie Freedman’s side, but is a player the Blues will need to be wary of should he make an appearance.

Away travel
From the south:
Leave the M1 at Junction 24 and follow the signs to join the A453 towards Nottingham 
- After passing through Clifton, continue on the A453 following signs for football and cricket traffic) 
- Join the A52 eastbound towards Grantham and carry straight on at the Nottingham Knight Island and the Wheatcroft Island until you reach the Gamston Island. 
- Take the first exit onto the A6011 ('Radcliffe Road') 
- Continue along the A6011 following the road as it bends to the right and continue over Lady Bay Bridge. 
- Follow signs for stadium.
Overall, the journey from Ipswich to Nottingham by train should take around 3-and-a-half hours. One available route leaves Ipswich at 0958, getting into Nottingham at 1335, although a change at Ely at 1058, departing again at 1148 is needed.
The City Ground is located around a 20 minute walk from Nottingham train station. Upon exiting the railway station, turn left onto Queen Road before turning right onto London Road soon after. Continue along London Road and the City Ground should appear on your left.

Sky Bet Odds
The bookies are finding this clash between two out-of-form sides very difficult to call, with neither side comfortable favourites. Town are 15/8 to pick up the three points whereas Forest are 7/5 with the draw available at 12/5. 

Match Officials
Referee: Paul Tierney
Assistant referees: Simon Barrow & Antony Coggins
Fourth Official: Keith Hill

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