Nottingham Forest begin their Capital One Cup campaign with a first round tie against Hartlepool United at The City Ground on Tuesday night (kick-off 7.45pm).Former Reds defender Colin Cooper, now in charge of Pools, brings his team to Trentside with the League Two side looking to cause a major cup upset.
The Reds have been used to success in the opening round of the Capital One Cup, winning five of their last six first round matches in the competition, including last season’s 1-0 victory at Fleetwood Town.
Billy Davies could make a number of changes to his Forest side to face Hartlepool. The likes of Jamie Paterson, Ishmael Miller and Darius Henderson, who all came off the bench at the weekend, will be pushing for a place in the starting line-up.
With only a fairly small squad to choose from, Cooper will probably stick with a similar side to the one which was beaten comfortably at Rochdale on Saturday. Strikers James Poole, Steve Howard and Luke James will all be hoping to be handed a starting berth, as will former Red Nialle Rodney.
A 1-0 home win over Huddersfield Town got Forest’s Sky Bet Championship up and running on Saturday. Henri Lansbury’s second-half goal was the difference between the two sides as The Reds took the three points.
Ilkeston FC (A)* – Won 2-0
Chesterfield (A)* – Drew 1-1
Royal Antwerp (H)* – Drew 2-2
Walsall (A)* – Won 2-1
Motherwell (A)* – Drew 1-1
Huddersfield (H) – Won 1-0
Hartlepool endured a nightmare opening day to their League Two season as they were beaten 3-0 at Rochdale. Pools had had a successful pre-season campaign but goals from Scott Hogan, George Donnelly and Ian Henderson brought them down to earth with a bump.
Telstar (A)* – Drew 0-0
Whitby Town (A)* – Won 2-0
Middlesbrough (H)* – Drew 0-0
Billingham Town (A)* – Won 5-0
Preston North End (H)* – Lost 1-0
Rochdale (A) – Lost 3-0
Down The Years
Forest wins over Hartlepool: 5 (3 League, 1 FA Cup, 1 League Cup)
Hartlepool wins over Forest: 1 (League Cup)
Draws: 1 (FA Cup)
The last meeting between the two sides was the penultimate game of Forest's 2007-08 League One promotion-winning season.
The Reds had won four of their previous five games and knew that only a victory at Victoria Park would be enough to keep them in the hunt for promotion on the final day.
The elusive goal came with just six minutes remaining when substitute Lewis McGugan fired home from inside the area to secure a crucial 1-0 win.
He Played For Both
John McGovern began his senior career at Hartlepool United in 1965, playing 72 times and scoring five goals for Pools, and also won promotion during his time at Victoria Park.
The Scot had spells at Derby County and Leeds United before former manager Brian Clough brought him to The City Ground in 1975. He went on to spend seven years on Trentside, making over 250 appearances and winning a League Championship, two League Cups and two European Cups.
Referee: Stephen Martin
Assistant Referees: Daniel Meeson and Stephen Ross
Fourth Official: Simon Barrow
The Reds are strong favourites to progress to the second round. A win after 90 minutes for Davies’ men is priced at 2/5 with Sky Bet, while a draw is 100/30.
Henri Lansbury was the only goalscorer as The Reds beat Huddersfield on Saturday. The midfielder is 8/1 to score first or 11/4 to score anytime in the 90 minutes.
Check out all of the latest odds on Sky Bet.
(All odds correct at time of publishing)
Nottingham Forest’s official matchday magazine is available to buy and download for Tuesday's match (£2).
This edition sees Fawaz Al-Hasawi and Billy Davies give their thoughts on the win over Huddersfield, and fans can also hear from former defender Colin Cooper on his return to The City Ground.
The official matchday magazine can also be downloaded onto iPhone or iPad. Perfect for supporters who are unable to attend the game, the download can be accessed via this app from 6.45pm onwards on Tuesday.
Hard copies will be available from all the usual outlets around The City Ground.
Follow The Game
Live audio commentary will be available on Forest Player, as well as free live text commentary.
Forest Player will also have extended match highlights from 12pm on Wednesday, as well as all the reaction from the Forest camp.
Tickets for the match can still be bought online at www.nffcretail.com, in store at the Ticket Office or by calling 0871 226 1980 (calls cost 10p per minute, mobile rates may vary).
Forest season ticket-holders are also reminded that they can claim 2-for-1 tickets for the Hartlepool clash. To activate this offer, please quote ‘Capital One R1’ when purchasing a full-priced adult ticket in person at the Ticket Office or over the phone.