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A fantastic trip to New York

11 December 2014

Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce believes Saturday’s trip to Rotherham United will be a ‘fantastic’ one.

The Reds will visit the New York Stadium for the second time in their history, hoping to pick up three points to propel them closer to the play-off places while extending Rotherham’s winless run to nine matches.

Forest’s first visit to the Millers’ new stadium came in a pre-season friendly this summer, a match Pearce sees little use in revisiting as part of his preparations for the weekend.

He told Forest Player this morning: “I don’t think it will have any bearing at all. If you look at their personnel it will have changed reasonably drastically, as ours has. They’ve had a big turnover of players and we’ve had one or two additions since we played Rotherham.

“I think Saturday’s game will be a fantastic one – near enough a full house in a new stadium.

“It’ll be a great game."

Britt Assombalonga will be available for selection after serving a one-match suspension against Charlton, while Henri Lansbury will also be an option for Pearce after shaking off an injury he sustained against the Addicks.

The manager said: “Henri just twisted his back, where he had a stress fracture in time gone by. It was a little bit of a concern to him, but he was back on the training pitch on Tuesday.

“Apart from the three boys with long-term injuries, everybody else is fit and available. The only thing that’s slowing individuals up is a bit of a flu bug that’s going around.

“Chris Burke and Danny Fox have had it, but as luck happens nowhere near a match.”

Click here to watch the full interview on Forest Player.

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