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Preview: Nottingham Forest v Millwall

31 January 2015

All you need to know ahead of Saturday's game at the City Ground

Millwall travel to Nottingham Forest on Saturday looking to reduce the five-point gap between them and the closest teams above the drop zone.

Tuesday night's 0-0 draw with Reading provided plenty of reason for positivity given that Millwall played the entire second-half with 10-men, and Ian Holloway's side will now look to build on that display at the City Ground.

What the managers say

Stuart Pearce: "We have to compete against Millwall - that was always the case whenever I played against them at any level. They have a DNA as a football club of 'it's us against the world' and that stays with them. You have to win the battle against Millwall and after that you have to make sure your football is good enough to come out on top." Listen to more from Pearce on Forest Player.

Ian Holloway: "After the way we played on Tuesday, especially having been down to 10-men for so long, there is a better feeling around the place and we want to build on that. I liked the way the players performed and how they dug in to get a result for everyone at the club. It certainly gives us a solid base to work from over the next 19 games and each and every one of those is a Cup Final for us."

Team news

Millwall will be without winger Paris Cowan-Hall, who suffered a hairline fracture to his tibia and damage to the small stabilising ligament at the back of the knee during Tuesday's 0-0 draw with Reading.

Holloway will be forced into making two changes to his back four as Sid Nelson begins a three-match suspension following his sending off on Tuesday. Loanee left-back Dan Harding is ineligible to play against his parent club.

Alan Dunne came off the bench to fill in alongside Jos Hooiveld at centre-half against The Royals and is in contention for a starting berth while Mark Beevers could also come in to the reckoning with Harding unable to feature.

Forest boss Pearce looks set to be without Michael Mancienne and Dexter Blackstock, but striker Matty Fryatt could be available after overcoming an injury picked up in December.

Head-to-head

Saturday's game marks the 64th meeting between Nottingham Forest and Millwall and to date it is The Lions who hold the advantage having won 23 of the previous encounters. The Reds have won 20, 18 of which have come in League action, whilst there have been 20 draws in all competitions.

Millwall have won on their two most recent visits to the City Ground in the Championship - 4-1 and 2-1 respectively - though those victories came either side of a League Cup triumph for Forest.

Earlier this season the two sides drew 0-0 at The Den.

Betting

Find a comprehensive list of odds on the game with Sky Bet.

Coverage

Unable to make it to the City Ground? The Lions Player team will be bringing you full match commentary from 2.50pm. 

We will also have all of the usual updates on @MillwallFC, the club's official Twitter account. Get involved with the discussion before, during and after the game by tagging your tweets with #NFFCvMFC

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