'Tough test' expected by Toon boss

"Their early season form wasn't so good," he said of Forest, "but they are in very good form now and will be looking forward to taking us on.

"They have a lot of good options around the pitch and we expect a tough game."

Newcastle have won three of their five away fixtures in the Championship to date, walloping Ipswich 4-0 on the road last time out.

Former Reds star Marlon Harewood returns to the City Ground hoping to continue a good record of scoring against his old club.

The 30-year-old, who is on loan from Aston Villa, enjoyed some productive returns to the banks of the Trent while with West Ham.