Forest & Mansfield Bid To Bounce Back

Nottingham Forest welcome Reading to the City Ground this weekend knowing that nothing less than a win will do after two successive defeats has seen them drop out of the Playoff zone in the Football League Championship.

Wednesday nights home loss against Hull City followed a single goal defeat on Sunday to Wigan Athletic and now Sabri Lamouchi’s men must bounce back if they are to regain their promotion push.

Forest will again be without Samba Sow and Michael Dawson with long term absentee Tendayi Darikwa also missing.

Reading will be without Lucas Boye (hip) and Lucas Joao (foot) and although without an away win in four matches Manager Mark Bowen will be looking to end that run after picking up a couple of good results since taking over at the helm.

The Royals beat Preston and drew with QPR since Bowen was appointed and taking something away from the City Ground will see the club push further away from the relegation zone.

Forest are only two points off second position and only four from top spot which is further frustrating considering recent results, a win would see them back in the playoff picture but a defeat could see the side drop out of the top ten.

The match is live from the City Ground this Saturday at 3pm.

Mansfield Town are also looking to bounce back after a 2-1 home defeat this week to Salford City.

The Stags currently lie in 18th position in League Two and face 19th placed Walsall at the Bescott Stadium (3pm Saturday).

The Saddlers have lost their last four league matches so Stags Manager John Dempster will be hopeful that he can turn recent performances into results with a much needed win.

Finally Notts County visit Chesterfield in a 5:20pm Kick Off live on BT Sports in the Vanarama National League.

The Magpies are unbeaten in six whilst Chesterfield although struggling in 18th have won their last two league matches although they were knocked out of the FA Cup by Wrexham midweek.

*Main image @NFFC the City Ground welcomes Reading this weekend.

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