Alex McLeish will be hoping for his first win as Forest boss when Peterborough visit The City Ground for Saturday’s Kids for a Quid fixture (kick-off 3pm).The Reds will be keen to bounce back from a disappointing defeat and performance against Oldham in the FA Cup last weekend but face resilient opposition in the form of Darren Ferguson’s side.
The Posh boss was furious with the performance which resulted in their cup capitulation against Norwich last Saturday, but prior to that they had racked up consecutive league wins over Wolves, Cardiff and Bolton before they brushed aside Barnsley on New Years’ Day.
Elliott Ward goes straight back into McLeish’s squad after re-joining The Reds on loan from Norwich.
And he’s likely to return to the starting line-up as well in place of suspended skipper Danny Collins, who must serve a one-match ban after his sending-off in last weekend’s cup defeat by Oldham.
Daniel Ayala (hamstring) and Adlene Guedioura (away on African Cup of Nations duty) remain unavailable, while McLeish will also check on Andy Reid, who limped out of the cup game with a groin problem.
Peterborough bolstered their ranks this week by signing Manchester United youngsters Scott Wootton and Davide Petrucci on loan for the remainder of the season.
Both defender Wootton, who had a spell on loan at The City Ground last season, and midfielder Petrucci are expected to figure in Darren Ferguson’s plans on Saturday.
But Posh will be without Gabriel Zakuani, who is at the African Cup of Nations with Congo, and the suspended Lee Tomlin.
Forest - 19th
Peterborough – 18th
The full back came on as a substitute as Nottingham Forest secured their second successive European Cup in 1980.
Over the course of an 11-year spell he made 131 league appearances for The Reds and spent time on loan at Mansfield Town.
He joined this weekend’s opponents, Peterborough, in 1986 and racked-up an identical number of appearances before moving to Chesterfield three years later.
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Forest wins over Peterborough: 8 (6 League, 1 FA Cup, 1 League Cup)
Peterborough wins over Forest: 3 (1 League, 1 FA Cup, 1 Other)
Draws: 2 (1 FA Cup, 1 League Cup)
Referee: Eddie Ilderton
Assistant Referees: Dan Robathan and Mark Russell
Fourth Official: Alan Young
Tickets for the Peterborough game are available via the usual outlets – in-person at The City Ground 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).