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23 August 2012

This, on paper, is The Reds’ toughest test of the season so far.

Having beaten Bristol City and dominated Huddersfield on their own patch, however, Sean O’Driscoll’s men will be confident of taking all three points from The Reebok.

They face a recently-relegated Bolton side who suffered opening day defeat to rivals Burnley before bouncing back with a 2-0 home win over Derby on Tuesday.  

Owen Coyle has been busy in the transfer market this summer, signing the likes of Matt Mills and Keith Andrews, whilst also managing to hold on to a number of his biggest names.  

With Wanderers heavily touted as title contenders this season, this game is sure to provide an early test of Forest’s promotion credentials.

O’Driscoll has no injury concerns. No.2 goalkeeper Karl Darlow remains sidelined with an ankle injury, while Daniel Ayala is still doubtful with a hip problem.  

Bolton’s Keith Andrews suffered a broken nose during a clash of heads with team-mate Kevin Davies this week and is a doubt for Owen Coyle’s men.

Forest - 19th
Bolton – 18th (Premier League)

Chris Fairclough 

The Nottingham-born centre back began his career at The City Ground in 1981 and made over 100 league appearances for The Reds in a six-year spell.  

He opted to join Spurs in 1987 after his Forest contract expired, with a tribunal setting a fee of £387,000 for the defender. He developed a good reputation in his first season at White Hart Lane before succumbing to injury the following year and joining Leeds.  

It was at Elland Road where he enjoyed his greatest success as a player, winning two promotions and becoming an extremely popular figure with supporters over the course of a six-year spell in West Yorkshire.  

From there he moved to our opponents, Bolton, as they were preparing for a season in the Premier League. Although they suffered relegation, he helped them to an immediate return to the top flight by winning the Division One title in 1996-97.  

In the latter stages of career he enjoyed spells at Notts County and York, where he retired in 2001.  

He re-joined Forest in a coaching capacity, first as a youth coach before working with the first team. He left at the same time as Billy Davies in June 2011 and now works in youth development at Charlton Athletic.

Forest wins over Bolton: 30 (23 League; 4 League Cup; 3 FA Cup)
Bolton wins over Forest: 31 (29 League; 1 League Cup; 1 FA Cup)
Draws: 21 (18 League; 3 FA Cup)

Referee: Dean Whitestone
Assistant Referees: David Richardson and Danny Gratton
Fourth Official: David Webb

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