Nottm Forest V Blackpool at The City Ground : Match Preview

05 April 2013 11:01
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Davies waits on duo

Nottingham Forest boss Billy Davies hopes to have Adlene Guedioura and Sam Hutchinson back in contention for the visit of Blackpool.

Davies was disappointed by the performance of his team against Burnley on Monday. The Scot made six changes at Turf Moor as he looked to freshen up his side following the epic 2-2 home draw with Brighton two days before.

But Forest responded with a disjointed display and it took an injury-time penalty from Lewis McGugan to preserve the club's nine-match unbeaten run since Davies returned for his second spell in charge.

Midfielder Guedioura and defender Hutchinson were both left out of the squad altogether.

Guedioura's exclusion was on medical advice after the Algeria international was left with concussion following an off-the-ball clash with Brighton's Dean Hammond, while Hutchinson was stiff following his first game back from a lengthy injury absence.

Davies hopes both players will come back into the squad for Saturday's game.

Centre-half Danny Collins, midfielder Radoslaw Majewski and strikers Simon Cox and Darius Henderson could be recalled after dropping out of the team against Burnley.

Defender Dan Harding and midfielder Jonathan Greening are also options for Davies.

Paul Ince must do without Barry Ferguson and Matt Derbyshire as Blackpool look to make it successive npower Championship wins.

Veteran midfielder Ferguson received a pair of first-half bookings against Crystal Palace on Easter Monday but his team-mates responded creditably against Ian Holloway's promotion chasers, Matt Phillips notching a dramatic late winner.

On-loan striker Derbyshire was dropped to the bench in favour of Nathan Delfouneso last time out but is ineligible to press his claims against his parent club.

Ince has been pleased to see what he believes to be a much-needed resilience becoming part of his side's make-up in recent outings.

"To be a good team you've got to have every facet to the game," he said.

"It's okay playing a Barcelona style of football, the five-a-side football as I call it to a certain extent, but you've got to have everything.

"I remember my days with Manchester United and we had everything, going to Wimbledon and mixing it against the likes of Vinny Jones and John Fashanu but also playing the nice football against the Tottenhams and the Arsenals."

Forward Gary Taylor-Fletcher (hamstring) is a long-term absentee alongside experienced defender Ian Evatt.

Source: PA