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31 December 2012

Alex McLeish will adopt a more ‘hands on’ role when his Nottingham Forest side face Blackburn at Ewood Park on New Year’s Day (kick-off 3pm).

The new Reds boss left Rob Kelly and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink to look after on-the-field affairs on Saturday as a late Billy Sharp goal earned Forest a 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace.

McLeish had only arrived at the Club little more than 24 hours earlier but at Blackburn, after spending a couple of days on the training ground getting to know his players, he will be more heavily involved.

Blackburn ended Henning Berg’s 57-day managerial reign last Thursday and are still looking for his replacement.

Gary Bowyer, the son of Forest legend Ian and himself a former Red, is currently in caretaker charge and led Blackburn to a 3-1 win at Barnsley on Saturday.

Alex McLeish hopes to have Alan Hutton available for the trip to the North West after the loan defender missed the visit of Crystal Palace through illness.

He will have to make a change to his starting line-up following the completion of Elliott Ward’s loan spell from Norwich.

Blackburn are not reporting any fresh injury concerns.

Forest - 19th
Blackburn – 19th (Premier League)

Alan Fettis

The goalkeeper made four appearances for Forest in 1996-97 before moving to The Reds’ opponents, Blackburn Rovers the following season.
 
He managed only 11 appearances over the course of a three-year spell at Ewood Park before moving to York City in 2000.
 
He found first team opportunities much easier to come by at Bootham Crescent and racked up over 100 appearances for The Minstermen. He also enjoyed plenty of game time at Macclesfield between 2004-2006 before ending his career at Bury.
 
He currently works as a goalkeeping coach at Manchester United’s academy.

Forest wins over Blackburn: 32 (29 League, 1 FA Cup, 2 League Cup)
Blackburn wins over Forest: 48 (43 League, 3 FA Cup, 2 League Cup)
Draws: 28 (25 League, 2 FA Cup, 1 League Cup)

Referee: Geoff Eltringham
Assistants: David Benton and Mark Duncan
Fourth Official: Alan Clayton

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