Pre-match quotes

"It is a good game to come back to, particularly considering that we are taking more than 3,000 fans to Boro, which is the biggest away support they have had there this season," said Reds manager Billy Davies, quoted in the Nottingham Evening Post and promising that his side will 'work very hard' to reward the travelling fans with a result.

Middlesbrough will hand a debut to loan striker Dave Kitson, although the £5.5m Stoke City man is not planning a lengthy stay on Teesside.

"t’s six weeks and I’ll try 100 per cent to do my very, very best to leave them in a good situation but I signed a contract at Stoke and my aim’s to get back in that first team," he confirmed. 

"I thought I’d done it at the start of the season and I’ll try and do it again."

Emanuel Pogatetz will also return for Gordon Strachan's side, wearing a protective mask after damaging a cheekbone.