Two Clubs in Need of a Victory

Both sides suffered damaging midweek defeats, Forest's 3-1 reverse at home to Brentford making it nine league games without a win while pre-season promotion favourites Norwich have won just twice in nine Championship matches and were beaten 4-0 at Middlesbrough on Tuesday night.

"You don't make decisions now, but of course, after a heavy defeat and a performance that isn't good enough, we'll certainly be thinking about changes," said Canaries manager Neil Adams in the wake of the Riverside Stadium clash.

For the Reds, the first speculation over Stuart Pearce's future has been heard this week in the wake of the Brentford result and his team selection which saw Britt Assombalonga on the substitute's bench and no recognised forward in the starting XI.

The City Ground crowd showed their support as the game drifted away from their side and Pearce could rightly point to a battling end to the ninety minutes despite being reduced to ten men due to injuries.