Nottingham Forest will look to erase the memory of their midweek defeat at Ipswich when they meet Hull at The City Ground on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).The Reds lost 3-1 at Portman Road on Tuesday – their first defeat in five games – after producing a below-par display that left manager Sean O’Driscoll bitterly disappointed.
He’s understandably keen to see his side produce a much improved performance against a Hull side whose own form has wavered in recent weeks.
Steve Bruce’s men are sixth – three places and three points ahead of Forest – but they have only taken four points from their last four games.
They were beaten 1-0 at home by Burnley last weekend but claimed a point from the visit of Crystal Palace to the KC Stadium on Tuesday.
Sean O’Driscoll may be tempted to make changes to his side following Tuesday’s setback at Ipswich.
Simon Cox (foot) and Radoslaw Majewski (ankle) remain sidelined, while Greg Halford and Jermaine Jenas (both calf injuries) remain doubts.
Hull’s Jack Hobbs continued his comeback from knee ligament injury in April by playing for their reserves against Mansfield in midweek but Saturday’s game may come too early for him to be considered for a return to first team action.
The 37 year old midfielder has just linked-up with the ninth club of his professional career by signing a contract to play for T-Team in the Malaysian Super League.
He had been without a club since his one-season stay at The City Ground came to an end during the summer.
Boateng was signed for The Reds by Steve McClaren but struggled to make an impact on Trentside, particularly once McClaren had been replaced by Steve Cotterill. He made just five Championship appearances for Forest, scoring once.
It was a different story for Boateng earlier in his career at Hull, where he established himself as a key figure in their two-season stay in the Premier League.
The former Dutch international joined them in 2008 after they secured their top-flight status and went on to make 52 appearances, scoring one goal in a 2-1 win over Manchester City.
Forest wins over Hull: 27 (26 League; 1 FA Cup)
Hull wins over Forest: 23 (22 League; 1 FA Cup)
Draws: 8 (8 League)
Referee: Gavin Ward
Assistants: Iain Siddell and Andrew Scregg
Fourth Official: Stephen Martin
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