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13 September 2012

Forest welcome Birmingham to The City Ground this Saturday as npower Championship action resumes after the international break.

The Blues succumbed to play-off heartbreak last season and have made a poor start to 2012-13. Their only win of the season so far came last time out as they ran out 1-0 winners over bottom of the table Peterborough courtesy of an own goal.

Sean O’Driscoll’s men will be looking to pick up where they left off after beating Charlton a fortnight ago.

Simon Cox is almost certainly out after he picked up a foot injury in Ireland’s 4-1 win over Oman on Tuesday night, which is likely to open the way for Billy Sharp to make his full debut.

Dexter Blackstock, who was forced to withdraw from international duty with Antigua & Barbuda due to a slight back problem, is confident he will be fit to play.

Forest, who will hope their other internationals report back fit and well, will check on recent signing Henri Lansbury. He arrived at The City Ground with an ankle injury but will hope to be in contention.

Birmingham are set to welcome back captain and long-term absentee Stephen Carr, while David Murphy is also expected to feature despite a knee injury flaring up against Peterborough. 

Forest - 19th
Birmingham – 4th (Play-Off Semi-Finalists)

To the wider football community Archie Gemmill is perhaps best remembered for the time he spent at The City Ground and Derby – as well as for scoring THAT goal for Scotland.

But the tenacious midfielder also lists Birmingham among the clubs he served with such distinction. Gemmill joined Birmingham in the summer of 1979, not long after he had been overlooked by Brian Clough for Forest’s European Cup final line-up.

But anyone who felt that Gemmill’s better days were behind him were made to think again as he produced a string of outstanding displays in a two-and-a-half year spell at St. Andrews, scoring 12 goals in 97 league appearances.

He had started his career with St. Mirren but made an impact in English football with Preston. Clough took him to Derby in 1970 and after clocking up more than 260 league appearances for The Rams, the pair were reunited at Forest.

Gemmill spent two years as a Red, scoring four times in 58 league outings.

While with Forest he scored one of the most memorable goals in the history of the World Cup finals, illuminating the 1978 event with a super strike against Holland.

Forest wins over Birmingham: 38 (34 League, 2 FA Cup, 2 League Cup)
Birmingham wins over Forest: 35 (30 League, 3 FA Cup, 2 League Cup)
Draws: 29 (24 League, 4 FA Cup, 1 League Cup)

Referee: Mark Halsey
Assistant Referees: Andrew Halliday and Matthew Wilkes
Fourth Official: Scott Mathieson

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