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Fleetwood Preview

12 August 2012

Forest’s first competitive fixture of the season is a Capital One Cup first round game at Fleetwood Town on Monday (kick-off 7.45pm) – the first ever meeting between the two sides.

The wealthily-backed Cod Army were promoted to League Two last season after smashing the 100-points barrier to take the Blue Square Premier title.

The hosts, who have never played in the competition before, failed to secure a win in pre-season, losing to Blackburn before picking up draws against Stockport, Oldham, Tranmere and Chester.

They have signed a number of experienced players this summer, including Jon Parkin and Youl Mawene.

Forest's campaign of pre-season games came to an end on Friday with a 2-0 home defeat to West Brom but boss Sean O'Driscoll will have taken great encouragement from their 3-1 win over Aston Villa six days earlier.  

Team News

Sean O’Driscoll has no serious injury worries - but he will be without Lee Camp, who is away on international duty with Northern Ireland. Camp's absence will open the way for Karl Darlow to make his first senior start for The Reds.

Chris Cohen is back in full training but is not expected to play a significant part, while Simon Gillett will be hoping to recover from a slight knock.

Micky Mellon’s only major concern is over new signing Damien Johnson, whose chances of recovering from a calf injury in time are rated 50/50. Sub ‘keeper Chris Maxwell is on Wales U21 duty, so youngster Christian Thewlis will take his place on the bench.

Where They Finished Last Season


Forest – 19th, npower Championship
Fleetwood - 1st, Blue Square Premier

Connections


Alan Wright - The diminutive left back made nine appearances for Forest on loan from Sheffield United in the 2006-2007 season.

His brief stint at The City Ground, as cover for the injured Julian Bennett, was preceded by spells at Blackpool and Blackburn.

In 1995, he joined Aston Villa and went on to make 260 appearances for the Premier League side. He then went to Middlesbrough, from where he joined Sheffield United on loan before signing permanently in 2004.

A string of loan moves followed, the last of which coming at The City Ground, before he joined Cheltenham Town in the summer of 2007.

Two years later, he signed for Fleetwood while they were still in the Blue Square North.

He went on to make 55 appearances for the Fylde coast club before taking over as Assistant Manager at Northwich Victoria.

Down The Years

This is the first ever fixture between the two clubs.

Who's In Charge

Referee: Michael Naylor,
Assistants: Paul Curry and Peter Gooch,
Fourth Official: Gary Hilton.

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