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O’Neill must start Yates and Colback today after Hawthorns showing

O’Neill must start Yates and Colback today after Hawthorns showing
Nottingham Forest will still feel as if they can secure a play-off spot in the current campaign, with plenty more games still to come in the Championship.

Forest will be gutted with their last result against West Bromwich Albion as they conceded a controversial late penalty, which led to Jay Rodriguez grabbing the equaliser for the Baggies.

Although, Nottingham Forest will travel to Deepdale to face Preston North End later on today in their next Championship fixture. The Lilywhites are unbeaten in their last six league games, so it won’t be easy for Martin O’Neill’s men to pick up a vital three points away from home.

So, after witnessing a couple of star performances against West Brom, Forest will blow Preston away if O’Neill turns to these TWO Hawthorns stars…

RYAN YATES

Ryan Yates put in an outstanding performance against the Baggies last time out as he managed to apply the pressure to force Stefan Johansen into putting the ball into his own net, as well as grabbing Forest’s second.

He looked assured in possession and he offered a lot of quality moving forward, so he will no doubt play a huge part in Forest’s play-off push from here on in.

Indeed, with a solid Preston side coming up later on today in the Championship, O’Neill will be relying on Yates to put in another incredible performance to really pull his side over the finishing line.

JACK COLBACK

Jack Colback returned from suspension to face West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns last time out, and it’s safe to say that Forest will be delighted to have him back as he put in a dominant performance in the middle of midfield.

The central midfielder is crucial to how O’Neill’s side operate as everything runs through Colback, and he often puts in goal-saving tackles and works tirelessly to win the ball back.

So, with Preston enjoying a lot of success through the middle in recent times, it will be up to the 29-year-old to snuff out any danger and get his side moving forward.

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