Derby v Forest: Pre-Match Quotes

In a smart bit of PR after some negative vibes surrounding the club in recent weeks, Nottingham Forest chairman Fawaz Al Hasawi opened the doors of the City Ground to fans on Thursday, allowing supporters to see inside the boardroom and the trophy room.

Fawaz told the official club website: "I am incredibly proud of our fans and I wanted to do something which would both reward their support and give me another opportunity to meet them face-to-face."

Some of the adverse publicity has come about from Billy Davies' touchline ban and the subsequent media blackout but former Reds midfielder David Prutton believes a 'siege mentality' could be generated among the Scot's squad.

"I'm sure he'll be using that to fire his team up," Prutton told the weekly FL72 show on Sky Sports News Radio.

And with Andy Reid ruled out of the trip to face the Rams, Derby boss Steve McClaren is well aware of the veteran's importance to his former club.

"I know Andy well and he is a big, big player for Nottingham Forest, very influential."