A win over Brighton at The City Ground on Saturday (kick-off 3pm) would secure Billy Davies’ Nottingham Forest an incredible seventh successive win.It would also put four points between themselves and a Seagulls side who also harbour hopes of reaching the npower Championship play-offs.
Gus Poyet’s men will be buoyant after securing a 3-0 win over arch-rivals Crystal Palace before the international break and, with tickets selling well, the match is sure to be an exciting encounter.
Henri Lansbury was the only casualty of the international break and remains a doubt for the game despite progressing well in training.
Daniel Ayala, Marcus Tudgay, Dan Harding and Khaled Al Rashidi have all shown promising signs in training, but Stephen McLaughlin is still a number of weeks away from returning to action.
The Welsh winger arrived at The City Ground alongside Chris Cohen the summer after the ex-Yeovil pair had contributed to The Reds’ League One play-off downfall in 2007.
He made 22 appearances as Forest claimed automatic promotion the following season but failed to fully establish himself at The City Ground.
He moved on loan to this weekend’s opponents, Brighton, in September 2009 before securing a permanent return to Huish Park in the January transfer window.
He lasted just over five months at his old club before his release and subsequent move to Peterborough. He also had a spell at Northampton before joining current club Exeter City last summer.
Forest wins over Brighton: 13 (11 League, 2 League Cup)
Brighton wins over Forest: 7 (7 League)
Draws: 8 (7 League, 1 League Cup)
Referee: James Linington
Assistants: David Benton and Robert Whitton
Fourth Official: Joe Hull
Tickets for Saturday's match against Brighton are likely to sell out and Forest fans are advised to act quickly if they wish to attend. The Ticket Office is open tomorrow (Good Friday), while fans can also buy online at www.nffcretail.com or over the phone on 0871 226 1980 (calls cost 10p a minute, mobile rates may vary).