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Forest v Burnley: The Big Preview

7 December 2012

Facts and stats ahead of City Ground clash

Nottingham Forest v Burnley

City Ground

08/12/12 (kick-off 3pm)


Just one point separates the Clarets from Nottingham Forest as Burnley boss Sean Dyche returns to the City Ground.

Dyche and his backroom staff of Ian Woan and Tony Loughlan all began their professional careers at Forest.

Woan, in particular, can expect a warm welcome after the winger made more than 250 appearances for the club in a ten-year spell by the Trent.

But the Clarets trio will be hoping to make it another frustrating afternoon for the home supporters who have seen their side win only four times in the Championship at the City Ground this season.

A home loss to Hull City last weekend made it back-to-back defeats for a squad being re-built by manager Sean O’Driscoll since he replaced former Burnley boss Steve Cotterill in the summer.

Forest are apparently trying to play the ‘O’Driscoll’ way but reports suggest their passing game lacked penetration as the first murmurings of discontent were heard in last Saturday’s 2-1 reverse to the Tigers when Billy Sharp operated as a lone striker with support from widemen Andy Reid and James Coppinger.

Only Blackburn Rovers and Barnsley have scored fewer goals at home so the Clarets will be looking to continue their defensive improvement and maintain a stranglehold.

And with a three-game unbeaten run behind them, Dyche’s men will be hoping to turn one point into three after successive draws to climb into the top ten.

Last ten matches



Nottingham Forest key man

Sharp by name and sharp by nature, striker Billy is among the best in the business at Championship level.

After becoming surplus to requirements at Southampton, the 26-year-old was reunited with former Doncaster boss Sean O’Driscoll at Forest in a loan move at the end of August.

The former Sheffield United and Scunthorpe marksman has since scored five times in 14 starts, including two in his last three games, and has been named as Forest’s player of the month for November. 

Last time out

Burnley 1 (Vokes 89) Blackburn Rovers 1 (Rhodes 68)

Burnley: Grant, Trippier, Mee, Duff, Shackell, Stock (Ings 75), Marney, McCann (Vokes 86), Austin, Paterson (Stanislas 75), Wallace. Subs: Edgar, Lafferty, Bartley, Jensen.

Blackburn Rovers: Robinson, Henley, Martin Olsson, Hanley, Dann, Lowe, Murphy, Formica (Vukevic 79), Rhodes, Kazim-Richards, Pedersen (King 55). Subs: Givet, Dunn, Markus Olsson, Rochina, Kean.

Attendance: 21,341

Nottingham Forest 1 (Sharp 43pen) Hull City 2 (Koren 34pen, McShane 69)

Nottm Forest: L Camp, E Ward, D Harding, A Hutton, D Collins, S Gillett (L McGugan 75), C Cohen (D Blackstock 75), J Coppinger, A Guedioura, A Reid, B Sharp. Subs: K Darlow, H Lansbury, B Moloney, R Findley, G Moussi.                 

Hull City: D Stockdale , P McShane, A Bruce, J Chester, S Quinn, R Koren (L Rosenior 89), A Elmohamady, D Meyler , C Evans, A McLean (N Proschwitz 67), R Brady  (A Faye 87). Subs: E Jakupovic, P McKenna, S Olofinjana, J Simpson.

Attendance: 19,472

Last meeting at City Ground


Nottingham Forest 0 Burnley 2 (Rodriguez 3, 64)

Nottm Forest: L Camp, J Lascelles, J Lynch, C Gunter, B Moloney (A Reid 81), P Anderson, L McGugan (M Tudgay, 59), G Moussi, A Guedioura, I Miller (D Blackstock, 59), G McCleary    . Subs: P Smith, M Harewood.

Burnley: L Grant, M Duff, D Edgar, B Mee, K Trippier, D Marney, C McCann, K Treacy (R Wallace, 28), J McQuoid (M Bartley 73), J Rodriguez, C Austin (Z Hines 89). Subs: B Jensen, B Easton.

Attendance: 23,147

Team news

Burnley: Left-back Ben Mee is ruled out with a knee injury which is likely to keep him sidelined for a number of weeks.

Nottingham Forest: Midfielder Radoslaw Majewski and defender Greg Halford could return from injury, while former Liverpool full-back Daniel Ayala has recovered from a stomach bug. 

Striker Simon Cox could shake off a foot injury to play but midfielder Jermaine Jenas remains sidelined.

Stat of the day

After failing to win in 15 visits to the City Ground, the Clarets have won two of their last three games at Nottingham Forest.

They say

Sean Dyche: “The signs have been really positive and never more so than a really dominant performance last weekend against Blackburn."

Sean O’Driscoll: “I went to Blackburn last Sunday to watch Burnley and they are very accomplished. 

“They understand the strengths of their team and play to them. They effectively play with one striker but that’s what they do. 

“They’ve got the guy who is the top scorer in the division in Charlie Austin and know that if they get the ball to him in certain areas he will deliver.” 

Referee: Mark Heywood 

Championship fixtures (kick-off 3pm unless stated)


Blackburn v Cardiff (7.45)


Derby v Leeds (1pm)
Charlton v Brighton
Crystal Palace v Blackpool
Huddersfield v Bolton
Ipswich v Millwall
Leicester v Barnsley
Nottm Forest v Burnley
Peterborough v Middlesbrough
Sheff Wed v Bristol City
Watford v Hull City
Wolves v Birmingham (5.20)

For an up-to-date Championship table, click HERE

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