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Preview: Huddersfield V Forest

A look ahead to tonight's game against Huddersfield Town.

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Like waking up on a day in-between Christmas Day and Boxing Day and not being quite sure what actual day of the week it it, we stumble into tonight's Thursday evening fixture against Huddersfield Town.

Football on a Thursday? Sure - why not? After all, that Europa thingamambobthing in always played on a Thursday evening and besides, Forest have got form here. Remember ITV Digital? They pioneered a maverick approach to Thursday evening football way back in September 2001 by showing Forest's home game against Bradford City on the box on a Thursday evening. A coltish Jermaine Jenas danced his way through a suspiciously Leeds Unitedesque defence featuring David Weatherall, Robert Molenaar and Gunner Halle to place his shot into the Trent End net to secure a 1-0 victory.

Forest should beware the ex-central defender going into tonight's hoedown of a showdown. Both Danny Collins and Daniel Ayala have helped themselves to headed goals and with Joel Lynch in Huddersfield's back four, Matt Mills, Kelvin Wilson and Jack Hobbs should get beyond touch tight to Lynch on set pieces. In fact, they should bind themselves to him with superglue. Lynch took great delight in nodding in around a year ago.

What also might have gone under your radar is that Elliott Ward is now plying his trade with the Terriers too. A headed goal in the goals against column looks inevitable. Factor in that Ishmael Miller will probably have his one great game in 37 appearances and that one time Forest target Mustapha Carayol will probably line up and suddenly Dougie Freedmen's team look like having to overhaul a four goal deficit to get anything out of this game. Fortunately Jamie Paterson will be sent to collect in the cones and make tea as part of the season long loan deal.

On the brighter side, Forest now have something approaching a smorgasbord of options in terms of team selection and come into the game on the back of two hugely satisfying away wins and an encouraging performance against Middlesbrough. So what can we expect?

Well, according to experimental 3-6-1, Chris Powell's men are best characterised as having a quiet and ineffectual attack. So far so good but that didn't stop them slamming four past Bolton at the weekend. In addition, they are no pushovers in defence. Finally, both sides had a right old go at putting the ball in the onion bag in the latter stages of their respective weekend games. All of which points towards a slow burner of a game with Forest going one down early doors only to get right back into the game in the second half thanks to a clinical counter attack.

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