The Reds have a strong home record against their weekend opponents

They have won 19 and drawn 14 of the 38 encounters held in Nottingham although Blackpool were the victors last time out at the City Ground in the second-leg of a dramatic play-off semi-final.

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Garath McCleary meanwhile will miss three of the final four games of the season. Despite Steve Cotterill's confidence that his red card against Peterborough United would be overturned that has not been the case with the Football Association dismissing the Reds appeal.