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Burnley Preview

6 December 2012

The Reds will be looking to put an end to their two-game losing streak with a win in Saturday’s ‘Kids for a Quid’ match against Burnley at The City Ground (kick-off 3pm).

Defeats against Ipswich and Hull have added extra importance to the fixture for Sean O’Driscoll’s men who, despite their recent blip, sit just four points adrift of the play-offs.
 
Mid-table Burnley come into the game on the back of a draw with fierce rivals Blackburn.
 
Forest are not reporting any fresh injury concerns in the wake of the defeat by Hull and Daniel Ayala has recovered from the illness that forced him to miss out last weekend.
 
Simon Cox (foot), Radoslaw Majewski (ankle), Jermaine Jenas and Greg Halford (both calf) remain sidelined.
 
Burnley will be without defender Ben Mee, who is facing several weeks on the sidelines with a knee injury he sustained against Blackburn.
 
Forest - 19th
Burnley  – 13th
 
Robbie Blake

Teesside-born Blake rose through the ranks at Darlington, making 68 league appearances at Feethams before joining Bradford City for £300,000 in 1997.
 
His goals helped fire The Bantams in to the Premier League but he struggled to make an impact in the top flight and joined Forest on loan in 2000. He made 12 appearances for The Reds and his performances prompted an unsuccessful bid from then-manager David Platt.
 
He was soon on the move, however – to this weekend’s opponents, Burnley, for £1,000,000. He was a fans’ favourite at Turf Moor and his excellent form saw him depart for Birmingham City three years later.
 
He was again found wanting in the top flight, however and joined Leeds the following season.
 
His two-year spell at Elland Road ended in turmoil as the financially-stricken Whites were relegated to League One, paving the way for a return to Burnley in 2007.
 
His performances helped The Clarets into the Premier League in 2009 and he scored a superb winner against Manchester United in their first home game of the season.
 
After Burnley’s relegation he stayed in the Premier League with Bolton, where he stayed for two seasons before signing for Doncaster this summer.
 
Forest wins over Burnley: 36 (34 League, 2 League Cup)
Burnley wins over Forest: 39 (36 League, 2 League Cup, 1 FA Cup)
Draws: 25 (24 League, 1 FA Cup)
 
Referee: Mark Heywood
Assistant Referees: Peter Gooch and Ross Joyce
Fourth Official: Paul Hobday

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