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24 December 2012

Sean O’Driscoll will be looking for an immediate response from his Nottingham Forest players when they meet Leeds at The City Ground on Boxing Day (kick-off 12.15pm).

The Reds produced a below-par performance as they were beaten 2-0 at Watford on Saturday and O’Driscoll will be hoping for an upturn in fortunes in front of the Sky TV cameras.

Leeds, meanwhile, bounced back from their Capital One Cup quarter-final hammering at the hands of Chelsea by beating high-flying Middlesbrough 2-1 at Elland Road on Saturday. 
Forest will be without Daniel Ayala, who must serve a one-match ban after his sending-off at Watford.

And Sean O’Driscoll must decide whether to make changes to his starting line-up after the setback at Vicarage Road.

Sam Hutchinson (knee) and Jermaine Jenas (calf) are unlikely to be available, despite stepping up their training after lay-offs.

Leeds are not reporting any fresh injury setbacks ahead of the trip to the East Midlands.
Forest - 19th
Leeds – 14th
Frank Gray

The former Scottish international began his career at Boxing Day’s opponents Leeds, where he stayed for seven years and made almost 200 league appearances.

Brian Clough, who had worked with the left back at Elland Road, signed him for Forest in 1979 and he went on to become the first man to play in European Cup finals for two different English clubs when he took part in the 1980 victory over Hamburg.

He returned to Leeds a year later, however, and went on to have spells at Sunderland and Darlington – launching his managerial career with the latter after a period as assistant to Brian Little.

He is currently in charge of Bashley Town in the Southern League Premier Division.
Gray’s son, Andy, later followed in his father’s footsteps by joining Forest from Leeds in 1998. He made more than 70 appearances for the club and is now back where his career started – at Elland Road.

Forest wins over Leeds: 27 (22 League; 3 FA Cup; 2 League Cup)
Leeds wins over Forest: 29 (28 League; 1 FA Cup)
Draws: 29 (29 League)

Referee: Tony Bates
Assistants: Robert Merchant and Marc Perry
Fourth Official: Andy Woolmer

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