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18 September 2012

The Reds take a trip to South London tomorrow night to face a resurgent Crystal Palace (kick-off 8pm).

Dougie Freedman’s men lost their first three league games but a win over Sheffield Wednesday a fortnight ago got them back into the winning habit.

And victory over local rivals Charlton at The Valley last Friday gave them their first away win of 2012.

Forest showed excellent character to snatch a draw from the jaws of defeat at home to Birmingham on Saturday, but will be hoping to make this fixture a much more comfortable affair.

Manager Sean O’Driscoll has no fresh concerns and will have been particularly encouraged by Simon Cox’s return from injury against Birmingham on Saturday.

The Eagles will be without their skipper, Paddy McCarthy, who is sidelined with a groin problem.

Forest - 19th
Crystal Palace – 17th  
 
Shaun Derry
 
The Nottingham-born defensive midfielder began his career at Meadow Lane before he earned a £700,000 move to Sheffield United.

After two seasons at Bramall Lane, he headed to Portsmouth for £300,000.

He was eventually made captain on the south coast, before Harry Redknapp’s arrival marked Derry’s exit- to The Reds’ opponents, Palace.

He spent three years at Selhurst Park and played a pivotal role in their return to the top flight, before a move to Forest on loan in 2004 preceded a permanent switch to Leeds.

An impressive spell at Elland Road was eventually hampered by injury and, after Leeds’ relegation to League One, Derry re-joined Palace on loan in 2007- a move he made permanent months later.

He spent another two-and-a-half years at Palace, becoming club captain and playing every minute of every game as the Londoners battled administration to stay up on the last day of the 2009-10 season.

He then followed Neil Warnock to QPR, winning promotion to the Premier League in his first season and becoming an ever-present figure the following year.

He has made two appearances for Mark Hughes’ men this campaign.

Forest wins over Palace: 27 (23 League, 1 FA Cup, 3 League Cup)
Palace wins over Forest:  16 (13 League, 3 FA Cup)
Draws: 17 (12 League, 2 FA Cup, 3 League Cup)

Referee: Iain Williamson
Assistant Referees: Ian Cooper and William Bull
Fourth Official: Ryan T Atkin

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