Nottingham Forest will strive to get back to winning ways at Ashton Gate this weekend against a team masterminded by a man who knows The Reds inside out.Forest will come up against former boss Sean O’Driscoll at a time when he is plotting a survival course for City.
And Forest caretaker manager Rob Kelly, who will be in charge for the game before Billy Davies takes over on Monday, warned: “We know it will be a difficult game for us. “Ashton Gate is never the easiest place to go and Bristol have had some excellent results since Sean went in – I saw the DVD of their victory over Watford.
“Knowing Sean he will be desperate to win – but not because he’s up against his old club. He will see the bigger picture and look at it as an opportunity to get three points nearer safety.
“Sean obviously knows our players very well so he will realise that it is not an easy game for City either. “It’s important – if for different reasons – for both sides but we are ready for the challenge.”
And O’Driscoll is not the only Forest connection in the City side. Paul Anderson and Greg Cunningham linked up with them last summer and they have recently been joined by Brendan Moloney, who joined them on a free transfer following his release at The City Ground.
Forest could have defender Daniel Ayala and Adlene Guedioura available tomorrow – they both took part in training yesterday. Ayala has only recently recovered from a hamstring problem while Guedioura returned from African Cup of Nations duty with Algeria suffering from a virus.
Tickets for Forest’s next home game – against Bolton, which will mark Billy Davies’ return as manager of The Reds, on Saturday, February 16 – are available now, via all the usual outlets: in person from the Ticket Office, on-line at www.nffcretail.com or by calling 0871 226 1980 (calls are charged at 10p per minute, mobile rates may vary).