Rotherham v Forest: familiar faces


Lee Camp –

Nottingham Forest fans making the short trip up the M1 on Wednesday night may see a few familiar faces. Lee Camp, Kelvin Wilson and Greg Halford are all ex-Forest players who started Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Bristol City, while Dexter Blackstock hopes to shake off fitness problems to face his former club.

Goalkeeper Camp and centre-back Wilson both impressed on Saturday, but the Millers still have plenty of work to do defensively. Often, they are too timid out of possession and back off their opponents, giving them space to play their way into the box.

Forest have shown so far that they can threaten going forward, but on Wednesday they will be without their four best attacking players from the first month. Oliver Burke has recently moved to RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga, key talents Britt Assombalonga and Matty Cash are injured while Hildeberto Pereira picked up a controversial suspension for celebrating the equalizer at Aston Villa with the fans.

That goal, which came after substitute Pereira’s marauding run, was taken impressively by Henri Lansbury. The former Arsenal trainee was forced to play a more circumspect role on Sunday but with so many key attacking players unavailable, Phillippe Montanier may be tempted to take the shackles off him.

Like their East Midlands guests, Rotherham harbour injury concerns, the biggest being the fitness of Isaiah Brown, who has impressed on loan from Chelsea. Brown and Jon Taylor, another doubt for Wednesday’s encounter, give Alan Stubbs’ side an outlet.

They do not have a midfield that naturally likes to close down, especially now Richard Smallwood has left, so they need at least two quick players to carry the ball forward and alleviate pressure. With Rotherham one point above the drop zone, victory would alleviate pressure in a wider sense, as Camp and co look to get one over their old employers.

The Football Lab’s Verdict: 2-2