Nottingham Forest will be looking to bounce back from their recent defeat to Luton Town by securing a positive result in their showdown with West Bromwich Albion this evening.
Kal Naismith’s penalty in the first-half of Friday’s game turned out to be the winning goal for the Hatters as the Reds were unable to break down their opponents after the break despite the fact that Sonny Bradley was handed his marching orders at Kenilworth Road.
Currently fifth in the Championship standings, Forest know that they will need to deliver the goods between now and the end of the term if they are to secure a play-off place.
Having witnessed his side’s display against Luton, it will be interesting to see whether head coach Steve Cooper opts to make any changes to his team today.
Here, we have decided to take a look at two Forest selection dilemmas Cooper is facing ahead of the club’s clash with West Brom…
Who will replace Keinan Davis in the side if the forward isn’t fit enough to feature?
Keinan Davis suffered an injury during the latter stages of the club’s defeat to Luton and it remains to be seen whether he will be okay to feature against West Brom.
If Davis isn’t fit enough to start, Sam Surridge could be in line to make his 16th appearance for the Reds in this particular fixture.
Since joining Forest from Stoke City earlier this year, Surridge has demonstrated glimpses of his talent as he has scored three goals for the club in all competitions.
Providing that he is given the nod by Cooper, the forward will be determined to impress his boss by delivering the goods tonight.
Alternatively, Philip Zinckernagel could be brought into the side if Brennan Johnson features in a two-striker formation alongside Lewis Grabban.
Could Joe Lolley be handed a chance to impress in this fixture?
Joe Lolley has been used on a sporadic basis by Forest this season as he has only made nine starts in the Championship.
Although the winger may be forced to settle for a place on the bench today, there is no reason why he cannot go on to make a positive impact as a substitute at the City Ground.
Having made 228 appearances at this level during his career to date, Lolley knows exactly what it takes to compete in the second-tier and thus could prove to be a valuable asset for Forest in the coming weeks as they look to seal a top-six finish.
By producing an encouraging cameo display against West Brom, Lolley could boost his chances of featuring regularly between now and the end of the term.