Which route will Martin O’Neill go down in terms of team selection today? With a suspension, injuries and mixed performances all to think about, he will have some tough decisions to make ahead of the fixture against fellow promotion-chasers, Hull City.
As Nottingham Forest perch in ninth position in the Championship, their League position certainly matches their form which has been mainly positive but certainly has been a mixed bag of results with two wins, two draws and a loss in the last five games.
Their opponents today, Hull, have played the same amount of games and are on the same amount of points, so whoever comes out on top could propel themselves even closer to that final playoff spot they will be eyeing up.
With that being said, let’s take a look at one player O’Neill should start and one player that will be dropped for the game…
Start Matty Cash
Cash is yet to feature for Forest in a month following an injury to his Achilles and as per NottinghamshireLive, he has been back in training since late February and he was ready to push for a return against Stoke City. So, it surely would not be too much of a surprise to see him back for the Reds later today.
The 21-year-old’s forward-thinking and directness on the ball has been missed whilst he has been sidelined. It is that attack-minded nature that has lead to him netting eight goals across all competitions so far this season.
If O’Neill does choose Cash for such a game of importance, he will be sure to cause either Todd Kane or one of Eric Lichaj or Stephen Kingsley lots of problems, dependant on which wing O’Neill opts to start him on.
Jack Robinson dropped
Robinson received his 10th yellow card this season last Saturday, so he will be unavailable for the next two matches.
The 25-year-old has been almost ever-present for Forest this season, so his absence will likely see the versatile Ben Osborn fill in at left-back. That would, obviously, leave a space out wide for someone to come in and the Forest faithful will surely be hoping that could be Cash and that their side can step up to the plate against a Hull side who will be looking to add to their two League wins on the bounce.