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20 August 2012

The Reds travel to the recently-renamed John Smith’s Stadium tomorrow evening for their first league away trip of the season.

Sean O'Driscoll's men will be looking to build on Saturday's win over Bristol City but face a stern test in the form of a Huddersfield Town side bolstered this summer by the signing of Joel Lynch.

The Terriers, playing their first competitive home game since winning promotion via the League One play-offs, were extremely unlucky to come away from Cardiff with nothing last Friday. Bluebirds skipper Mark Hudson scored an injury time winner to send Simon Grayson's men home empty handed, although the home side had goalkeeper David Marshall to thank for a number of smart saves.

A big crowd and vibrant atmosphere is expected in West Yorkshire for this one as Town mark their return to the second tier for the first time since 2000-01. Huddersfield request that all spectators observe the club's strict policy on 'persistent standing' and ask Forest fans to remain seated in respect of the club's sports ground licence and supporter safety.
 
The Reds came through Saturday's game unscathed and O'Driscoll has no fresh concerns. Loanee centre back Daniel Ayala, who missed the curtain-raiser, could play a part after being left out of Saturday's squad with a hip flexor injury.

The Terriers' top marksman, Jordan Rhodes, missed the trip to the Welsh capital after tearing his hamstring on his international debut for Scotland last Wednesday. There is, however, a chance he could feature. Danny Ward and Oscar Gobern are also doubts. 
 
Forest - 19th
Huddersfield - 4th, League One (Play-Off Winners)
 
CRAIG ARMSTRONG 

The defender was a product of Forest's youth system, graduating in 1992. He found first team opportunities limited at The City Ground, however, and spent a lot of time out on loan.

In 1999, having made 40 league appearances for The Reds, he signed for our opponents, Huddersfield Town, for a fee of £750,000. He went on to make 112 appearances for The Terriers, picking up a Player of the Year award and scoring five goals over the course of a three-year spell in West Yorkshire.

His next move was to Sheffield Wednesday, after which he became something of a journeyman - pulling on the shirt of no fewer than eleven other clubs, including those of Mansfield and Cheltenham.

He has since turned his hand to coaching, last year taking the reins at Eastwood Town before most recently becoming manager of Quorn FC. 
 
Forest wins over Huddersfield: 12 (11 League, 1 League Cup)
Huddersfield wins over Forest: 17 (16 League, 1 FA Cup)
Draws: 15 (11 League, 3 League Cup, 1 FA Cup)   
 
Referee: Neil Swarbrick
Assistant Referees: Jake Collins and Gary Beswick
Fourth Official: Gary Sutton


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